In another case of ridiculous judging, former world champions Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz fought to an entertaining majority draw Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Though the scoring was a mystery, the 12-rounder between the two southpaws was an exciting affair.
Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KOs) took control of the fight in the second round, using advantages in speed and accurate punching to beat Ortiz to the punch. Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KOs) battled back the best he could, showing heart and determination. He ate a number of hard uppercuts, but pushed forward - clipping Alexander with hard blows along the way. Alexander, slick and sharp, tattooed Ortiz with various punches to the head.
A hard-right hand in round three caused Ortiz’s left eye to swell shut.
Ortiz fought more aggressively in the middle rounds, working the body and caching Alexander with a few right hooks.
Alexander moved and jabbed, winning rounds with pure boxing ability He appeared to be comfortably ahead as the final bell rang.
Not so. In something of a shocker, none of the three judges had Alexander winning the fight. Judge Don Griffin scored the bout 115-113 for Ortiz, while judges Glen Crocker and Javier Martinez had the fight even (114-114).
Maxboxing had Alexander winning the match by a 116-112 tally.