Devon Alexander vs. Victor Ortiz To Air on FOX From El Paso

By Keith Idec

Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz will have an opportunity to draw a sizeable television audience for their upcoming welterweight fight.

According to a Tweet by’s Dan Rafael on Sunday, FOX will air Alexander-Ortiz on February 17 from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The card headlined by Alexander-Ortiz will be broadcast on free TV on the same night Showtime will televise a doubleheader featuring another welterweight bout between Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios.

The FOX card is expected to go off the air before Showtime’s telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Both cards are Premier Boxing Champions events and thus won’t compete for viewership.


Alexander and Ortiz are former welterweight champions that need to win February 17 if getting back in title contention is to remain realistic.

St. Louis’ Alexander (27-4, 14 KOs) returned to the ring November 21 for his first fight in two years.

The southpaw dropped and out-boxed Nicaragua’s Walter Castillo (26-5-1, 19 KOs) to win a 10-round, unanimous decision in St. Petersburg, Florida. The onetime IBF 147-pound champion revealed prior to boxing Castillo that his two-year hiatus was largely attributable to battling an opioid addiction. 

Before beating Castillo, Alexander, 30, had lost back-to-back unanimous decisions to Aaron Martinez and Amir Khan.

In his most recent action, the 30-year-old Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) knocked out Mexico’s Saul Corral (27-10, 18 KOs) in the fourth round July 30 in Bakersfield, California. Ortiz, a former WBC welterweight champ from Ventura, California, halted a 15-month layoff when he encountered Corral.

In addition to the main event that’ll pit Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) against Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs), Showtime will broadcast an intriguing rematch to open up its February 17 doubleheader. It’ll feature WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) against Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KOs), who lost their action-packed first fight by split decision September 8 in Las Vegas.

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 IMDAZED on 01-09-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18392063]Well those were the time buy days. Was an investment in Wilder's future just as Spence fighting on NBC was. I don't see any huge stars fighting on FOX this year. Maybe next year if PBC gets a…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 01-09-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18392148]You very well could be right. Just hard to predict what will happen with PBC & Fox without knowing what happens with UFC. If UFC leaves Fox, they're going to need to fill that void. If UFC stays,…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18392129]No inside information here, but I think the formal deal is in the offing in the near future. With UFC deal seemingly heading into final talks, and FOX/FS1 already comfortable with splitting content packages (throughout the entire FOX deal, the…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18392063]Well those were the time buy days. Was an investment in Wilder's future just as Spence fighting on NBC was. I don't see any huge stars fighting on FOX this year. Maybe next year if PBC gets a…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18392044]If Deontay Wilder can fight a tickover on FOX, I think there's enough money in the mix to have Erroll Spence Jr fight a tickover on FOX. But yeah, let's see how the UFC deal gets settled first[/QUOTE] Well those…

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