After 12 rounds of action, the judges ruled Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander a majority draw in the main event Saturday night from the Don Haskins Center on the campus of UTEP in El Paso, Texas. The bout aired live on FOX as part of the Premier Boxing Champions promotion.
Ortiz is now 32-6-3 and Alexander is 27-4-1 in their careers, with both previously holding world titles.
“I absolutely thought I won the fight,” Alexander said. “The last few rounds I probably gave him, but I thought I out landed him in the 12th. I thought I did enough to win. I gave him three rounds.
“My game plan was to be smart. “Victor always has problems with people that are faster and have more ring IQ. I wanted to put him in the state of mind that he can’t win.”
Alexander controlled the tempo early, but it was Ortiz rallying late despite an injury to his left eye from the third round.
“I thought the decision was a little off and I thought I did enough to win,” said Ortiz. “The first few rounds were a little complicated. He’s a great boxer and he was timing me just right. I wasn’t leaving the line of fire.
“The eye was tough to overcome. I can’t really see out of it. I really had to listen to my corner. I tried to stay composed as I could, but he’s a really good fighter.”
Both fighters are open to a rematch, as Alexander said he would “love” to fight Ortiz again, to which Ortiz responded “A rematch would be awesome.”
In the co-main event, Caleb Plant moved to 17-0 with a victory over Rogelio Medina in a title-eliminator for the IBF super middleweight belt.
“It was a tough fight tonight against a tough competitor who puts everything on the line,” Plant said. “I’m happy we got the job done tonight.”
2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas pushed his record to 4-0 with a victory over Jorge Rojas.