A pair of former boxing welterweight champions will headline the February 17 Premier Boxing Champions event from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas as Victor Ortiz battles Devon Alexander.
The card airs live on FOX beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
In the co-main event, unbeaten contender Caleb Plant takes on Rogelio Medina in a title-eliminator in the 168-pound division. Also on the card is Tony Harrison vs. Jorge Cota, as well as 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas.
“This is a classic crossroads match in the truest sense. Both Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz are battle-tested in one of the toughest, deepest divisions in boxing,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Alexander has overcome some serious health issues and is looking to regain the welterweight championship. Ortiz, also a former champion, has always come to fight and doesn’t back down from anyone. It promises to be an entertaining match for the fans in attendance at Don Haskins Center and those who tune in on FOX and FOX Deportes.”
Ortiz (32-6-2) owns 25 career finishes and is a former 147-pound champion. He has been splitting time between boxing and acting over the past few years, but is still just 30 years old and owns a win over Andre Berto.
“I’m ready to give all I have to defeat Devon Alexander and get my crown back,” said Ortiz. “My priority is to make a strong comeback and putting myself in a position to have my straps once again. I demonstrated what I was made of and did what I said I was going to do in my last fight. I’m facing a great fighter in Devon Alexander and someone I’ve known since we were kids. I don’t hate him, but I will not be his friend on fight night and he won’t be mine. I’m ready to prove everyone wrong starting on Feb. 17.”
Alexander (27-4) has stopped 14 of his opponents, defending his title once before falling to Shawn Porter back in 2013. He is coming off a November victory vs. Walter Castillo.
“I’m excited to get back in there against a fighter like Victor Ortiz,” said Alexander. “We’ve known each other a long time but never fought in the amateurs, so this should be interesting. My speed, quickness and smarts will win me this fight. Victor checks out sometimes when he can’t hit you, so my skills will be the difference. I’m ready for any challenge that’s brought my way. When I’m 100 percent, nobody can beat me.”
The FOX card serves as the lead-in to a Showtime doubleheader featuring Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios and David Benavidez vs. Ronald Gavril.