Not having fought in 10 months, Devon Alexander returns to the ring on Wednesday night in Glendale, Arizona. He’ll face Aron Martinez on national television in a 10-round main event as part of Premier Boxing Champions.
Alexander had his last fight on Dec. 13, 2014, losing a unanimous decision to Amir Khan. The defeat was one-sided, and Alexander is looking to get a victory for the first time since June of last year, facing an opponent he should take care of with relative ease.
It would be a major upset if Alexander doesn’t beat Martinez in the welterweight bout, considering he’s a -3000 favorite at Bovada.lv. Martinez has +1100 betting odds to pull out the win.
“I’m very excited to return to the ring, and I’m anxious to show people that I’m still an elite fighter,” Alexander said. “This is a huge opportunity to be on prime time, and I’m going to make sure everything is in order at camp so I’m there 100 percent mentally and physically on fight night.”
Martinez has lost three of his last four bouts, falling most recently to Robert Guerrero in a split decision. In between losses to Jessie Vargas and Josesito Lopez, Martinez got a majority decision win over Alberto Herrera.
Alexander hasn’t had much success lately. Before his loss to Khan, he defeated Jesus Soto Karass, who has 10 career losses. Before that victory, Alexander lost a unanimous decision to Shawn Porter.
But Alexander does have some wins over notable boxers on his resume, having beaten Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana. He lost to Timothy Bradley in 2011.
The fight could go the distance since Alexander has 14 knockouts in 29 fights, and six of his last seven fights have gone the distance. Martinez has been knocked out once in 24 bouts.
A featherweight world championship fight between Lee Selby and Fernando Montiel is also on the card. Selby won the title in May with a victory over Evgeny Gradovich, improving his career record to 21-1. Montiel is 54-4-2 with 39 career knockouts.
Start Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Online Stream: WatchESPN