By Keith Idec
Victor Ortiz is well aware that Devon Alexander has never been knocked out.
The strong southpaw also is confident he has the power to change that Saturday night. That’s when Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs), of Ventura, California, and St. Louis’ Alexander (27-4, 14 KOs) will meet in a 12-round welterweight fight FOX will televise from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
“I’ve knocked a few people that haven’t been knocked out before,” Ortiz told BoxingScene.com, “and I’ve ended some careers [of fighters] that haven’t been knocked out. So hell yeah, [knocking out Alexander will] definitely put a question mark in people’s heads.”
The 31-year-old Alexander only has lost decisions to Timothy Bradley, Shawn Porter, Amir Khan and Aaron Martinez since he turned pro nearly 14 years ago. Bradley beat him by technical decision in January 2011 because Alexander said he couldn’t see out of his right eye after an accidental clash of heads in the 10th round.
In addition to displaying a reliable chin throughout his career, Alexander also is a good technical boxer. Thus Ortiz knows it’ll take more than power to produce what would be his biggest win in almost seven years.
“Power is a good thing to have,” Ortiz said, “but if you can’t use your power correctly, with the right amount of speed and the right timing, then power ain’t sh*t. So at the end of the day, we’re ready for 12 rounds or a knockout. But I will hold my hands in victory.”
The last time Ortiz fought a fellow southpaw, Luis Collazo knocked him out in the second round of their January 2014 fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ortiz isn’t concerned about Alexander being left-handed, though.
“I find it pretty comfortable,” Ortiz said. “He’s obviously a good fighter and I’m a good fighter. So at the end of the day, I think whoever did their homework best will be victorious. And I did all my homework, so I will be victorious.”
FOX’s telecast Saturday night also will include a 10-round super middleweight bout between Caleb Plant (16-0, 10 KOs), of Ashland City, Tennessee, and Mexico’s Rogelio Medina (38-8, 32 KOs). A six-round fight that’ll pit 2016 Olympian Karlos Balderas (3-0, 3 KOs), a lightweight from Santa Maria, California, against Mexico’s Jorge Rojas (4-2-1, 2 KOs) also will be televised.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.