Alexander ‘The Great’ Returns

By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: January 16, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Former WBC junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) returns to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO to battle two-time interim WBA 140-pound champion Marcos Rene Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) of Argentina. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds in the welterweight division.

“These last few fights at 140 pounds were hard for me to make weight,” Alexander said. “I’m going to be stronger and faster at 147.”

Alexander was once considered one of the elite junior welterweights in the world with a chance to become a boxing star. However, Alexander’s performance against WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley was nightmare. Alexander became tentative whenever Bradley became aggressive. The fight was sloppy, as Alexander missed is combinations, and constantly complained about Bradley’s headbutting.

In June 2011, Alexander fought Lucas Matthyssee in a 10-round contest. Alexander, surprisingly, was easier to hit and even suffered a knockdown.

Alexander hasn’t fought since and will have his hands full with Maidana.

“Maidana is coming to tear my head off, but I’m going to be ready, 110%,” Alexander added.

For every mistake Maidana makes inside the ring, his punching power makes up of it. Maidana isn’t a slick boxer. He’s not recognized for having great movement and smooth combinations. He drops his hands and is easy to hit. However, when he punches, Maidana is one of the hardest punchers in the lower weight classes. Maidana’s fights spell excitement.

“I’m excited to fight in the United States again,” Maidana said. “This is the Mecca of boxing. I dedicate my life to boxing and I’m taking this fight very seriously.”

Maidana is best recognized for his amazing 2010 battle with Amir Khan. Maidana tasted the canvas in the first round, but rose to pressure Khan relentlessly into an amazing war. Khan won the decision, but suffered his share of bumps and bruises.

Maidana’s biggest win was his June 2009 war with Victor Ortiz. Both fighters exchanged knockdowns in the first round, during a multiple-knockdown brawl. Maidana and Ortiz beat each other to a pulp until Maidana viciously stopped Ortiz in the sixth round.

In April 2011, Maidana won a 12-round majority decision against Mexican legend Erik Morales to reclaim the interim WBA 140-pound title. Maidana also has wins against Victor Cayo and former titlist Demarcus Corley.

Alexander should win. He should beat Maidana, but Alexander gets hit the way Bradley and Matthysse hit him in previous bouts, Maidana will make things very uncomfortable for Alexander.

Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham added: “We’re bringing a killer into Devon’s hometown who is going to try and take him out, but that’s the business of boxing. Devon is going to slay the killer on February 25”

Adrien Broner returns on undercard

The Alexander vs. Maidana undercard will feature the first defense of newly crowned WBO junior lightweight champion Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) vs. Eloy Perez (21-0, 7 KOs).

In November, Broner knocked out Vincent Martin Rodriguez impressively in the third round to win the vacant WBO crown. Broner, who also has a points win over Daniel Ponce DeLeon, is anxious to return to the ring.

“I’ve been coming to St. Louis since I was 8 and Devon is like a big brother to me,” Broner said. “Fighting here is going to feel like I’m at home. He’s a feather-fisted puncher in the featherweight division…not a good combination against me who punches like a middleweight. I don’t play with my career, I take this seriously. You can play other sports, but not boxing and he’s playing boxing. I box for real. February 25 there’s going to be a ‘Problem’ and I will be victorious.”

Get ready for Khan vs. Peterson 2

The WBA has demanded an immediate rematch between newly crowned WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan. On December 10, 2011, Khan was docked two points and lost a disputed 12-round split decision to Peterson in his native Washington, D.C.

Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, filed protests and had the IBF/WBA conduct an investigation regarding the aftermath of the fight which included a mystery person named Mustafa Ameen, who handled the scoring official judges scores. He was noted for communicating with the judges and posed for pictures with Team Peterson afterward. There were also conflicts in the scoring sheets of the WBA, IBF, and District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission.

Also, referee Joseph Cooper actions were questioned. Obviously the two point deductions in rounds seven and twelve, and an official knockdown of Peterson that wasn’t called in round one significantly robbed Khan of an obvious victory.

Either way, Khan and Golden Boy Promotions were able to entice the WBA into ordering a rematch within 180 days.

“I’m pleased that justice has been done and the WBA has ordered an immediate rematch. All we ask as sportsmen is for a fair and level playing field when we compete,” said Khan. “Lamont Peterson proved in our fight that he is a great competitor and I hope that a second bout will be just as exciting. I want to prove without doubt that I’m the best in the 140lb division by taking care of business in the rematch.”

Eddie Chambers pulls out of NBC Boxing main event

Former world heavyweight title contender Eddie Chambers was forced to withdraw from his scheduled 10-round showdown against former WBO heavyweight titlist Sergei Liakhovich. Chambers, who once challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the unified IBF/WBO titles in March 2009, suffered rib fractures on his left side while training.

Chambers vs. Liakhovich was the scheduled main event on the opening of NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night card from the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA on January 21st.

Co-promoters Main Events and Peltz Boxing are actively seeking a replacement.