Alexander (right) vs. Corley, 2008
|Rated at||Light welterweight
|Height||5 ft 8 1⁄2 in (174 cm)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
February 10, 1987 |
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Wins by KO||14|
Devon Alexander (born February 10, 1987) is an American professional boxer. Nicknamed "Alexander the Great", he is a former unified WBC and IBF light welterweight champion, as well as having held the IBF welterweight title.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Titles in boxing
- 6 Controversy
- 7 See Also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Alexander grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis, Missouri in an area described as rough, gang- and drug-infested. Alexander was mentored by various 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.
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. .
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.
Light welterweight title
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
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. To train for the fight, Alexander used a Las Vegas house lent by promoter Don King as training base. 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. Alexander won the fight by a controversial unanimous decision with all judges scoring the fight 116-112.
Alexander vs. Bradley
Alexander vs. Matthysse
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.
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.
IBF welterweight champion
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 was rescheduled for May 18, 2013 in Atlantic City.
Devon would go on to lose his next two biggest fights, losing his championship belt & status as a top contender after all boxing governing bodies removed Devon Alexander from their Top rankings.
Shawn Porter loss
Amir Khan loss
Aaron Martinez loss
Alexander took on gate keeper Aaron Martinez on October 14, 2015 and was dominated through 10 rounds, en route to ultimately losing a unanimous decision.
Professional boxing record
|30 fights, 26 wins (14 knockouts), 4 Losses|
|30||Loss||26–4||Aaron Martinez||UD||10||Oct 14, 2015||Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona, U.S.|
|29||Loss||26–3||Amir Khan||UD||12||Dec 13, 2014||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||For WBC Silver welterweight title|
|28||Win||26–2||Jesús Soto Karass||UD||10||Jun 21, 2014||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|27||Loss||25–2||Shawn Porter||UD||12||Dec 7, 2013||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost IBF welterweight title|
|26||Win||25–1||Lee Purdy||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||May 18, 2013||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained IBF welterweight title|
|25||Win||24–1||Randall Bailey||UD||12||Oct 20, 2012||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won IBF welterweight title|
|24||Win||23–1||Marcos Maidana||UD||10||Feb 25, 2012||Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|23||Win||22–1||Lucas Matthysse||SD||10||Jun 25, 2011||Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.|
|22||Loss||21–1||Timothy Bradley||TD||10 (12), 3:00||Jan 29, 2011||Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.||Lost WBC light welterweight title;
For WBO light welterweight title;
Ruled a unanimous TD after Alexander sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
|21||Win||21–0||Andreas Kotelnik||UD||12||Aug 7, 2010||Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.||Retained WBC and IBF light welterweight titles|
|20||Win||20–0||Juan Urango||TKO||8 (12), 1:12||Mar 6, 2010||Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut, U.S.||Retained WBC light welterweight title;
Won IBF light welterweight title
|19||Win||19–0||Junior Witter||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||Aug 1, 2009||Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBC light welterweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Jesus Rodriguez||KO||9 (10), 0:58||Apr 24, 2009||Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Christopher Fernandez||RTD||3 (8), 3:00||Dec 11, 2008||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Sun-Haeng Lee||TKO||4 (10), 0:19||Nov 7, 2008||Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China|
|15||Win||15–0||Miguel Callist||UD||12||Mar 27, 2008||Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.||Retained WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||DeMarcus Corley||UD||12||Jan 19, 2008||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Cory Peterson||TKO||1 (8), 2:59||Oct 13, 2007||Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Marcus Luck||KO||3 (8), 1:24||Jul 7, 2007||Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Scott Ball||KO||7 (8), 0:59||Mar 3, 2007||Belterra Casino Resort & Spa, Florence, Indiana, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Maximino Cuevas||TKO||4 (4), 2:02||Jan 6, 2007||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Tyler Ziolkowski||TKO||1 (10), 2:40||Jul 8, 2006||Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri||Won vacant WBC Youth welterweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Seth Hebenstreit||UD||6||Mar 9, 2006||The Spott, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Kelly Wright||UD||6||Oct 21, 2005||Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Christian Nash||TKO||2 (4), 2:28||Sep 30, 2005||Noa Noa Night Club, Stone Park, Illinois, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||John Rudolph||TKO||3 (4), 1:01||Jun 2, 2005||Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Felix Lora||UD||6||May 21, 2005||United Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Donovan Castaneda||UD||6||Feb 5, 2005||Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Karl Hunter||UD||4||Jun 3, 2004||Ambassador Club, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Vincent Torres||TKO||1 (4)||May 20, 2004||Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, U.S.||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byTimothy Bradley
|WBC Youth welterweight champion
July 8, 2006 – February 2007
Title next held byJames de la Rosa
Title last held byMichel Rosales
|WBC Continental Americas light welterweight champion
January 19, 2008 – December 2008
Title next held byJo Jo Dan
Title last held byTimothy Bradley
|WBC light welterweight champion
August 1, 2009 – January 29, 2011
|IBF light welterweight champion
March 6, 2010 – October 22, 2010
Title next held byZab Judah
|IBF welterweight champion
October 20, 2012 – December 7, 2013
Alexander took a strong stance against The Supreme Court of the United States of America legitimatizing same-sex marriage in the USA and tweeted homophobic statements that were later discussed on boxing articles the next day.
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- "Alexander Not Letting Praise Get To His Head". Espn.com. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- "Devon Alexander rises from mean streets to become world champ". CanadaEast.com. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- Donovan, Jake (2008-01-18). "New School Pick of the Week: Devon Alexander". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
- "Alexander Decisions Corley, Collazo Defeats Barros". BoxingNews24.com. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
- "The Matador: Alexander Unified Champion". HBO.com. 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
- "Shawn Porter claims IBF welterweight belt; Paulie Malignaggi wins battle of Brooklyn". Sky Sports. 8 December 2013.
- Nelson, Peter Owen (March 3, 2010). "Devon Alexander escaped streets of St. Louis to become a champion". Sports Illustrated (New York: Time Inc.).
- Samaha, Albert (February 23, 2012). "Familiar Ring: What must Devon Alexander "The Great" do to live up to his nickname?". Riverfront Times (St. Louis: Village Voice Media).
- Timmermann, Tom (15 January 2008). "St. Louisan living a dream with title fight". St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis: Lee Enterprises).