Devon Alexander

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Devon Alexander
Devon Alexander.jpg
Statistics
Real nameDevon Alexander
Nickname(s)Alexander the Great
Rated atJunior welterweight
Welterweight
Height5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1987-02-10) February 10, 1987 (age 27)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights28
Wins26
Wins by KO14
Losses2
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Devon Alexander
Devon Alexander.jpg
Statistics
Real nameDevon Alexander
Nickname(s)Alexander the Great
Rated atJunior welterweight
Welterweight
Height5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1987-02-10) February 10, 1987 (age 27)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights28
Wins26
Wins by KO14
Losses2
Draws0
No contests0

Devon Alexander (born February 10, 1987) is a professional American boxer. Nicknamed "Alexander the Great," he is a former WBC and IBF Light Welterweight champion and a former IBF Welterweight Champion.

Biography[edit]

Alexander grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis, in an area described as downtrodden, rough, gang- and drug-infested.[1] Alexander was mentored by many people at a young age including Former NFL players Eric Drain and Demetrius Johnson, principal of Clay Community Education Center Frank Muelhauser, and PE teacher, Brad Slinkard. He would later join the boxing gym that Kevin Cunningham, a former police officer and security officer at Clay Community Center, turned trainer, founded in the basement of an old police station.[2]

Thirty kids joined the boxing program of Cunningham, who had hoped to keep the kids out of trouble, off the streets, and in the ring. A stablemate of Alexander's, Cory Spinks would become welterweight champion. .[3]

Amateur career[edit]

Alexander had an outstanding amateur career, compiling a record of 300-10 under the tutelage of Cunningham. He was a four-time Silver Gloves champion from ages 10–14; three-time PAL national champion; Junior Golden Gloves and Junior Olympics national champion; 2003 United States national champion in the 19-and-under division; and 2004 United States light welterweight national champion. Alexander made it to the final round of the 2004 Olympic trials, where he battled Rock Allen to a draw and was knocked down once before losing on a tie-breaker.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Light Welterweight[edit]

At age 17, Alexander made his professional debut, defeating Vincent Torres by first round technical knockout in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.[4] He was victorious in his second pro fight against Karl Hunter before on February 5, 2005, Alexander defeated Donovan Castaneda by unanimous decision in front of 22,370 spectators, the second-largest crowd in history to witness a boxing event in an indoor arena at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Alexander’s mentor, Cory Spinks, headlined the card opposing Zab Judah.[5]

Alexander won his next five fights before on July 8, 2006, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri, Alexander defeated Tyler Ziolkowski by first round technical knockout to win the WBC Youth welterweight title, but was himself knocked down once in the fight.[5]

On January 6, 2007, Alexander defeated Maximinio Cuevas by fourth round technical knockout at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In his next fight, Alexander fought Scott Ball on March 2, 2007, at the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Belterra, Indiana. Alexander was down in the second round himself but broke Ball's jaw in round six and dropped him twice in round seven en route to a technical knockout victory.[5]

He won his next two fights against Marcus Luck and Cory Peterson before he went up against former WBO junior welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley on January 19, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Alexander easily defeated Corley by unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBC Continental Americas junior welterweight title.[6]

Light Welterweight title[edit]

On August 1, 2009, Alexander defeated Junior Witter to claim the vacant WBC light welterweight championship. Witter gave up on his stool after the eighth round, claiming that he had re-injured his left hand. Alexander was hurt by a right hand in round 2. All three judges had Alexander ahead at the time of the stoppage 79-73, 79-73, 80-72.

Alexander vs. Urango[edit]

Alexander was next scheduled to face two-time champion Juan Urango of Colombia in a title unification bout. The 6 March 2010 bout was held at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut and was televised on HBO's "Boxing After Dark" telecast.[2] To train for the fight, Alexander used a Las Vegas house lent by promoter Don King as training base.[3] Devon Alexander defeated Juan Urango by TKO in round 8. Alexander threw an uppercut which dropped Urango. Urango made the count but Alexander resumed his attack and threw a hook to Urango's temple which again dropped him. Urango stood up but was clearly dazed, resulting in a stoppage by the referee. Urango, who suffered his first KO defeat, called out Timothy Bradley after the fight, but a fight was never made because Bradley just moved up to welterweight.

In his next fight he faced Andreas Kotelnik, the former WBA Light Welterweight champion, in his hometown of St. Louis Missouri on 7 August in front of members of the St. Louis Rams, Evander Holyfield and Floyd Mayweather.[7] Alexander won the fight by a controversial unanimous decision with all judges scoring the fight 116-112.

On October 22, 2010, Alexander was stripped of the IBF Junior Welterweight title for not fighting the no. 1 contender, Kaizer Mabuza.

Alexander vs. Bradley[edit]

Alexander's next fight, on January 29, 2011, took place against Timothy Bradley, which he lost via 10th round TD after an unintentional head-butt forced a stop to the bout.[8]

Alexander vs. Matthysse[edit]

On June 25, 2011, Alexander defeated Lucas Matthysse in a controversial split decision. The judges scored the fight 96-93 and 95-94 for Alexander and 96-93 for Matthysse.

Welterweight[edit]

On February 25, 2012 Alexander moved up to welterweight and put on a dominating performance against highly regarded and hard-charging Marcos Maidana. Alexander landed the right hook at will, catching Maidana with his left hand down throughout the contest. Maidana was seemingly surprised by both the speed and power Alexander displayed at his first fight at welterweight. Only one of the three judges had Maidana winning a round. The impressive nature of the win earned Alexander a title match with Randall Bailey in September 2012. Alexander was criticized by some however, for fighting illegally at some points during the fight.

Alexander was scheduled to fight titlest Randall Bailey as a main event on Showtime Championship Boxing on September 8, 2012, but Bailey withdrew due to injury. Their fight was replaced with the original undercard fight between Olusegun Ajose and Lucas Matthysse and an originally scheduled non-televised fight between J'Leon Love and Ramon Valenzuela was changed to a televised bout.[9]

Welterweight title[edit]

Alexander returned to action on October 20, 2012, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he won the IBF Welterweight title by unanimous decision against Ring Top 10 Welterweight, Randall Bailey. The fight was fought at a comfortable pace for Alexander, with very little exchanges, as Bailey did not let his hands go very often. In a one sided fight, Alexander won his third world title in his second division.

Alexander's next fight was originally suppose to happen on January 19, 2013, against mandatory challenger and Ring No. 3 ranked Welterweight, Kell Brook. However, Brook suffered an ankle injury during training, and the fight has been rescheduled for May 18, 2013 in Atlantic City. Alexander's camp and some boxing insiders have questioned the authenticity of this injury and instead assert that Brook was simply not ready to step up in class to fight Alexander, though this claim is seemingly less accurate after Brook defeated Shawn Porter, who had previously defeated Alexander.

Devon Alexander vs. Shawn Porter[edit]

Alexander would lose the IBF Welterweight title to Shawn Porter on December 7, 2013 by unanimous decision with scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.[10]

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (14 knockouts, 12 decisions), 2 Losses, 0 Draws[8]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
N/AN/AUnited Kingdom Amir KhanN/A- (12)2014-12-13United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaFor WBA International & WBC Silver Welterweight titles.
Win26–2Mexico Jesús Soto KarassUD102014-06-21United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Loss25–2United States Shawn PorterUD122013-12-07United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New YorkLost IBF Welterweight title.
Win25–1United Kingdom Lee PurdyRTD7 (12)2013-05-18United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyNon-title bout as Purdy missed weight.
Win24–1United States Randall BaileyUD122012-10-20United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New YorkWon IBF Welterweight title.
Win23–1Argentina Marcos MaidanaUD102012-02-25United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Win22–1Argentina Lucas MatthysseSD102011-06-25United States The Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri
Loss21–1United States Timothy BradleyTD10 (12), 3:002011-01-29United States Silverdome, Pontiac, MichiganLost WBC Light Welterweight title.
For WBO Light Welterweight title.
Win21–0Ukraine Andreas KotelnikUD122010-08-07United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MissouriRetained IBF and WBC Light Welterweight titles.
Win20–0Colombia Juan UrangoTKO8 (12), 1:122010-03-06United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, ConnecticutRetained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Won IBF Light Welterweight title.
Win19–0United Kingdom Junior WitterRTD8 (12), 3:002009-08-01United States Agua Caliente, Rancho Mirage, CaliforniaWon vacant WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win18–0United States Jesus RodriguezKO9 (10), 0:582009-04-24United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Win17–0United States Christopher FernandezRTD3 (8), 3:002008-12-11United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Win16–0South Korea Sun-Haeng LeeTKO4 (10), 0:192008-11-07China Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu
Win15–0Panama Miguel CallistUD122008-03-27United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MissouriRetained WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight title.
Win14–0United States DeMarcus CorleyUD122008-01-19United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkWon vacant WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight title.
Win13–0United States Cory PetersonTKO1 (8), 2:592007-10-13United States Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Win12–0United States Marcus LuckKO3 (8), 1:242007-07-07United States Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Win11–0United States Scott BallKO7 (8), 0:592007-03-02United States Belterra, Florence, Indiana
Win10–0United States Maximino CuevasTKO4 (4), 2:022007-01-06United States Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood, Florida
Win9–0United States Tyler ZiolkowskiTKO1 (10), 2:402006-07-08United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, MissouriWon WBC Youth World Light Welterweight title.
Win8–0United States Seth HebenstreitUD62006-03-09United States The Spott, St. Louis, Missouri
Win7–0United States Kelly WrightUD62005-10-21United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Win6–0United States Christian NashTKO2 (4), 2:282005-09-30United States Noa Noa Night Club, Stone Park, Illinois
Win5–0United States John RudolphTKO3 (4), 1:012005-06-02United States The Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri
Win4–0Dominican Republic Felix LoraUD62005-05-21United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Win3–0Mexico Donovan CastanedaUD62005-02-05United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Win2–0United States Karl HunterUD42004-06-03United States Ambassador Club, St. Louis, Missouri
Win1–0United States Vincent TorresTKO1 (4)2004-05-20United States Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie, MichiganProfessional debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devon Alexander escaped streets of St. Louis to become a champion". SportsIllustrated.cnn.com. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Alexander Not Letting Praise Get To His Head". Espn.com. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Devon Alexander rises from mean streets to become world champ". CanadaEast.com. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  4. ^ a b Donovan, Jake (2008-01-18). "New School Pick of the Week: Devon Alexander". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  5. ^ a b c "Devon Alexander Profile". BoxingNews24.com. 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Alexander Decisions Corley, Collazo Defeats Barros". BoxingNews24.com. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  7. ^ "The Matador: Alexander Unified Champion". HBO.com. 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  8. ^ a b http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=254834&cat=boxer
  9. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/1804/love-valenzuela-elevated-to-co-main-event
  10. ^ Sky Sports http://www1.skysports.com/boxing/news/12183/9063411/shawn-porter-claims-ibf-welterweight-belt-paulie-malignaggi-wins-battle-of-brooklyn |url= missing title (help). 

10. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-2334650/Amir-Khan-v-Devon-Alexander-world-title-Dubai-December.html

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Awards and achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Timothy Bradley
WBC Super Lightweight Champion
August 1, 2009 – January 29, 2011
Succeeded by
Timothy Bradley
Preceded by
Juan Urango
IBF Junior Welterweight Champion
March 6, 2010 – October 22, 2010
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Zab Judah
Preceded by
Randall Bailey
IBF Welterweight Champion
October 20, 2012 – December 7, 2013
Succeeded by
Shawn Porter