If former titleholder Victor Ortiz can’t get a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., whose fourth-round knockout victory dethroned him as WBC welterweight belthoder last month, the fighter’s trainer would consider putting him in opposite former WBC/IBF junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander.
Trainer Danny Garcia said that he could see Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) against Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) “only if Mayweather doesn’t give us the rematch.”
“Mayweather told us that he would give us the rematch, and now he’s saying that he doesn’t have to fight Victor,” said Garcia.
“So I was thinking that if we don’t make that fight against Mayweather, then we are going to have to go with somebody else. I said that Devon Alexander would be a good fight for us.”
Alexander has climbed into the welterweight division and acquired the WBC’s No. 1 spot in the wake of Ortiz’s loss to Mayweather.
Ortiz is rated No. 3 by THE RING, while Alexander still is unranked.
“I think that it’s a good fight. Devon Alexander is a great fighter and a former champion with a lot of speed and all of that. I think that we can do good in that fight,” said Garcia.
“Devon has has a lot of experience from the amateurs. I think that it would be a good fight. He’s the No. 1 contender, he’s got only one loss, he’s a former champion and and I think that we could beat him.”
Alexander lost his WBC junior welterweight titleholder following an 11th-round, technical decision loss to Tim Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) in January, but bounced back with a 10-round decision win over hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) in June.
“The bottom line is Devon’s moved up to welterweight, and he’s looking to fight the best, like he did at junior welterweight and just like he always has. At 140, Devon fought the best guys out there. We’re ready to do the same thing at 147,” said Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham.
“If Team Ortiz is looking at Devon as an opponent and they want to fight, then, you know, we’re ready and willing. Devon and Victor know each other very well from the amateurs, and personally we like Victor. But this is a business, and if Alexander-Ortiz can be made and the deal is right and it makes dollars and sense, then let’s get it on.”
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said that he expected to meet with Ortiz.
“As a matter of fact, we’re going to be meeting with Victor Ortiz today and talking about what’s next. I know what Victor would like. He would like to have the rematch with Mayweather,” said Schaefer.
“So we’re just going to be discussing all of the possible scenarios out there, and Devon Alexander is one of them. There are others, such as the potential rematch with Marcos Maidana. I’m going to be meeting with Maidana’s people on Friday, so there’s a lot of possibilities out there for Victor Ortiz.”
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