Sunday, December 13, 2009

Devon "The Great" Alexander

Devon Alexander is an up-and-coming light-welterweight title-holder.  He was born on February 10, 1987, and had an outstanding amateur career with 300 wins, 10 losses.  He was the Junior Golden Gloves and Junior Olympics champion, and he narrowly missed making the Olympic team in 2004, losing by a tie-breaker to Rock Allen.                                      
Devon turned pro after his loss to Allen, and he trained and fought out of St. Louis. He had his first professional fight against Vincent Torres, which he won by first round TKO. Cory Spinks took Devon under his wing, and was something of a mentor to him.  Devon was the under-card to the Spinks vs. Judah fight, and he won a unanimous decision.   
Devon continued his winning streak, fighting his way up the ranks of the light-welterweight division.  On his way up he decimated veteran fighter, and former champion, DeMarcus Corley, and he broke Scott Ball's chin.

(Devon vs. Corley)

Devon was finally given a shot for the light-welterweight title in a about against Junior Witter.  On August 1, 2009, Devon beat Witter into submission, staggering him multiple times, and won in the eight round due to RTD when Witter claimed he could not continue due to an elbow injury.

(Devon breaking Witter down).

I have had the pleasure of watching Devon fight live, and I have faith that he will be great one day.  I would love nothing more (except for the heavy-weight division to be restored to its former glory) than to see a great champion come out of St. Louis (due to the fact I am a St. Louisian).  I wish Devon the best of luck.

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