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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 ESPN.com’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.

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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 BoxingScene.com. 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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