Story and photos by Herman Delgado
Premier Boxing Champions came to the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, this past February 17, 2018. PBC put on a magnificent show for all fight fans out there and it featured a star studded fight card that had a total of 10-bouts, featuring a current world champion, several former world champions, and a 2016 Olympian. It was boxing at its finest…Las Vegas style! From the fighter’s media workouts, pre-fight press conference, official weigh-ins, to the main event itself. It was a special night of boxing for all those in attendance and for those watching it Live from the comfort of their home.
The main event featured a pair of former world titleholders, Victor Ortiz (32-6-3) and Devon Alexander (27-4-1). Both fighters were hoping for a victory to redeem their careers, and return to boxing’s world stage and bigger paydays. A beautiful demonstration of boxing skills by both fighters, but Alexander seemed to have the edge on speed and the crispness on his punches. The fight went the full 12 rounds but in the end the judges scored it a majority decision. A few cheers in the crowd, but the majority booed the decision in favor of Alexander. In my professional opinion, I scored the fight 8 to 4 rounds for Alexander, and two of those rounds that I gave to Ortiz could have gone either way. Not a favorable decision, but a great fight for the over 6,800 fans in attendance.
Another great fight on the undercard featured Las Cruces’ own Austin Trout (31-4-0) taking a unanimous decision victory over Colombia’s Juan De Angel (20-8-1). A strategic fight, but Trout had the edge in speed and counter-punching and earned himself a unanimous 8-round decision win.
El Paso’s own IBF World Female Featherweight Champion, Jennifer Han (17-3-1) made the fourth defense of her title against Lizbeth Crespo (12-4-0) of Argentina via Bolivia, and retained her title with a unanimous 10-round decision. A tough fight for Han, as Crespo charged straight at her throughout the fight, but Han relied on her boxing skills, side-stepping, and great conditioning to avoid getting hit and counter punch with power shots of her own.
*Other fights and results:
Caleb Plant (17-0-0) W-UD12 over Rogelio Medina (38-9-0); Humberto Velazco Torres (19-1-1) W over Thomas Williams Jr.; Mark Antony Hernandez (11-1-1) D – Jeison Rosario (14-1-1); Tony Harrison (26-2-0) W over George Sosa (15-12-1); Carlos Balderas (4-0-0) W over Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl (4-3-1); Jonathan Gabriel Pachado 2-0-0) W over Josh Ross (3-7-4); and Wesley Diana 2-0-0 W over Rynell Griffin 8-36-2)