Alexander: I'll Take Away Whatever's Left of Victor Ortiz's Heart

By Keith Idec

Devon Alexander answered “absolutely” when asked if he thinks he can make Victor Ortiz quit Saturday night.

Alexander considers his mental strength to be one of his greatest advantages over Ortiz, who has been criticized for several unusual conclusions to his fights over the years. The southpaw from St. Louis doesn’t consider Ortiz finished, but plans to ruin Ortiz’s comeback when they meet in a 12-round welterweight fight FOX will air from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

“I think Victor Ortiz still has something left,” Alexander told “He still has some heart left. I’m just gonna look to take it out of him. Whatever heart he’s got left, I’m gonna take it out of him.”

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The 31-year-old Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs), of Ventura, California, hasn’t beaten a top welterweight since overcoming two knockdowns to out-point Andre Berto in their memorable battle for the WBC welterweight title in April 2011. Berto (31-5, 24 KOs) knocked him out in the fourth round of their rematch in April 2016, two bouts before he’ll battle Alexander (27-4, 14 KOs).

Alexander, also 31, will attempt to record his most noteworthy win in several years against the unpredictable yet powerful Ortiz. The former junior welterweight and welterweight champion will fight for the second time since finishing treatment for an opioid addiction he has openly discussed.

“He has had a weird career and a lot of ups and downs, and twists and turns,” Alexander said. “I’m looking to exploit that, too, because you’ve gotta be mentally strong in boxing. You’ve gotta be mentally there and if it’s not going your way, you can’t just mentally check out. If the guy’s getting the better of you, you have to go to the drawing board and come up with a plan B and a plan C.

“Victor Ortiz is gonna be a tough opponent, so he’s gonna come ready. My job is to follow my game plan, put some hurt on him, let him feel this power and do my job, do what I do best, and that’s win.”

Before broadcasting Alexander-Ortiz, FOX will air a 10-round super middleweight match that’ll send Caleb Plant (16-0, 10 KOs), of Ashland City, Tennessee, against Mexico’s Rogelio Medina (38-8, 32 KOs). FOX’s telecast also will include a six-round bout between 2016 Olympian Karlos Balderas (3-0, 3 KOs), a lightweight from Santa Maria, California, and Mexico’s Jorge Rojas (4-2-1, 2 KOs).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scopedog on 02-15-2018

Both of these guys are no longer relevant at the top level, but Alexander should still be the clear favourite in my eyes. Ortiz comes off as a broken man.

Comment by DramaShow on 02-15-2018

Alexander sucks but it's difficult to make any case for Ortiz beating a half decent fighter. Alexander should beat him.

Comment by champion4ever on 02-15-2018

[QUOTE=Hot Shyt;18485523]Didnt Alexander check out in the biggest fight of his career?[/QUOTE]No, Bradley was head butting him all night. Technically he was fouled and subsequently; According to the rule book after 4 rounds have been completed and the fight is…

Comment by champion4ever on 02-15-2018

I missed the old Victor Ortiz. He was a hard hitting, action packed, crowd pleasing fighter back in the day with lots of promise. What happened to his heart we will never know? All I know is that since his…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 02-14-2018

Alexander wins this one, Ortiz is shot to bits.

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