KHAN vs Alexander

Devon Alexander


There is no stretching the truth when Devon Alexander was said to be a boxing child prodigy or that he grew up in the sport.  At age 7, Devon’s older brothers Lamar, 12 and Vaughan, 8, ventured across the street from a basketball court they were playing on in St. Louis to go inside Kevin Cunningham’s Hyde Park boxing gym.  All three would go on to box professionally.
 
Soon after, the Alexander brothers had begun learning the basics of the art of pugilism.
 
“Devon was excited about learning,” said Cunningham. “He loves to train.  The more you push him the harder he works.  You don’t have to baby-sit him.”
 
Devon went on to become one of the most celebrated amateur boxers in the country.  He won every title available in St. Louis before amassing a staggering list of national championships.
 
Alexander was a four-time Silver Gloves national champion from age 10—14; three-time Police Athletic League national champion; 2001 Junior Golden Gloves national champion and Junior Olympic national champion before moving on to win the World Junior Olympics where he was also named Best Boxer; and 2003 U.S. National Champion for those 19 and under.
 
He won the U.S. National Championship 2004 in the 141 pound junior welterweight division and was invited to join the U.S. National Team where he was victorious in the dual meets against Sweden, England, Puerto Rico and others.  He sailed through the Olympic trials before facing Rock Allen in the finals.  In a controversial match where Cunningham said Alexander was “robbed,” the computer scoring had ended in a 15- 15 draw. A punch count tally was used to break the tie, and Allen was declared champion.
 
After over 300 wins against only 10 losses in the amateur ranks, Alexander, barely 17 and still just a junior at Vashon High School in St. Louis, turned pro on May 20, 2004.
 
Following an 8-0 start, Alexander defeated Tyler Ziolkowski via first round TKO to win the WBC Youth welterweight title. At this point, he began his entry into the realm of world class competition, and during the first major step up on January 19, 2008, Alexander did not disappoint. He competed for the vacant WBC Continental Americas junior welterweight championship against former world champion Demarcus Corley and easily defeated him via 12 round decision. 
 
Alexander’s next bout was against WBA Federlatin Champion Miguel Callist. He put on a boxing clinic against Callist and again won a lopsided decision, elevating himself to the WBC’s number one contender spot at 140 pounds.
 
On August 1, 2009, Alexander got his shot at the WBC world title against Junior Witter, and he dominated his foe for eight rounds, causing Witter to quit on his stool before the ninth round.
 
The newly crowned champion accepted a Key to the City from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on August 6, 2009 at St. Louis City Hall. Slay congratulated Alexander on winning his first world title and for setting a great example for young people by showing the benefits of hard work, dedication and avoidance of drugs and alcohol.
 
On March 6, 2010 Alexander retained his WBC title and captured the IBF title as he stopped former champion Juan Urango at 1:12 of round number eight, and on August 8, 2010 Alexander turned in a solid effort in disposing of the pesky Andriy Kotelnik via 12 round decision. 
 
Alexander would go on to suffer his first career loss to Tim Bradley on January 29, 2011 after multiple head butts caused cuts over both his eyes.  The fight was stopped by the ringside physician in the 10th round due to fear of permanent paralysis of the exposed nerve.  But on June 25, 2011, he bounced back with an exciting, back and forth, crowd pleasing 10 round decision victory against knockout artist Lucas Matthysse. 
 
After the fight, Alexander announced that he would be moving up to welterweight after struggling to make 140 in his last couple of fights, and on February 25, 2012, he will make his 147-pound debut against Marcos Maidana.