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Devon Alexander vs. Victor Ortiz Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/17/18

Ortiz vs. Alexander

Boxing: Saturday February 17, 2018 (Don Haskins Center)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz fight Saturday at the Don Haskins Center.

Devon Alexander enters this fight with a 27-4 record that includes 14 knockouts. Alexander has split his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Walter Castillo. Alexander has just one fight under his belt since his 2015 bout with Aaron Martinez, as he made his return recently from a battling addiction to painkillers, and he looked sharp in his victory. Alexander is a 30-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’8” and has a 69 inch reach. The things that stand out most with Alexander is his defense, as he bobs and weaves extremely well, has great movement and has a respectable chin, as he’s never been knocked out despite four losses. Alexander is a solid counter puncher because of his ability to dodge punches, and he has better power than expected, even if his knockout numbers don’t show it. Alexander is quick, athletic and probably one of the more underrated boxing technicians over the last 10 years or so. This will be Alexander’s first career fight in Texas.

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Devon Alexander vs. Victor Ortiz Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/17/18

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Victor Ortiz enters this fight with a 32-6-2 record that includes 25 knockouts. Ortiz has split his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Saul Corral. Ortiz has fought just twice since his 2015 win over Gilberto Sanchez Leon and hopes there’s still something left in the tank to get back in the mix of talented welterweights. Ortiz is a 31-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’9” and has a 70 inch reach. Ortiz of course hasn’t been the same since his controversial loss to Floyd Mayweather and has now been knocked out five times in his career. When in good form, Ortiz is a bulky welterweight who has a terrific right hook to go along with good head movement and footwork. Ortiz has shown he can hold his own against anybody in the ring, but motivation is always a question. Ortiz has had his heart questioned throughout his career, and that’s not going to change with so much he does outside of the ring and the lack of boxing he’s done over the years. This will be Ortiz’s seventh career fight in Texas.

This is an interesting fight considering these two have known each other since they were kids and never fought during their primes. It kind of has that Mayweahter - Pacquiao feel to it, but we’ll take it anyway we can get it, I guess. Obvious question marks with both fighters due to a lack of recent boxing. But in terms of picking a winner, I have to side with Alexander. He has a clear advantage in speed and defense, and he can breakdown Ortiz while landing some nasty counters. I’ve said it before, Ortiz hasn’t been the same fighter since he was knocked out in the controversial bout with Mayweather, and he’s lost pretty much every bout against respectable fighters since. 

At this point in their careers, I trust Alexander a lot more than I do Ortiz. Give me Alexander by UD.

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