Reigning WBC and IBF Light-Welterweight Champion, Devon Alexander makes his second WBC and first IBF Title defence against German-based Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnik on Saturday night at the Scottrade Center in St Loius, Missouri.
Since turning pro in 2004, Alexander “The Great” has amassed an impressive 20-0 (13 KO’s) record. However, he came to prominence with his 2008 landslide points win over the experienced former WBO Champion DeMarcus Corley.
In 2009, Devon faced former WBC Champion Junior Witter for the now vacant strap and totally dominated the 35 year-old over eight rounds and when Witter retired with a hand injury, there was no doubts when the scorecards were totalled.
Earlier this year Alexander took on two –time IBF Welterweight Champion Juan Urango in a mouth-watering unification clash. He produced a devastating uppercut in the eight round and finished Urango off with another flurry of punches.
Kotelnik, who lost to his WBA Title to the dominant Amir Khan in his last outing with one judge, Juan Manual Garcia Reyes not even awarding him a round, will be looking to get his career back on track quickly but faces a tough task against the unified champ.
“In the future, I am willing to fight all the guys who say they are the best…because at the end of the day, the best will prevail.” – Devon Alexander.
Devon took time out with WBN Editor Phil D. Jay for our Interview feature “12 rounds with”.
(ROUND 1) When and how did you get into boxing Devon?
“Well Phil, my coach started a gym at my elementary school and I wanted to go but my mom was nervous about me going at first, but in the end she let me go and I have been doing it ever since. I was seven years old.”
(ROUND 2) Who influenced you as a young boxer?
“Well I’d have to say my dad, my mom and my coach were my biggest influences, they encouraged me a lot and always made sure that I did the right things.”
(ROUND 3) What amateur titles did you win?
“I was 4 time National Silver Glove Champion, Junior Olympic Champion, 2 time PAL Champion, US Championship Winner, Junior Golden Glove Champion and Olympic Trial Finalist amongst others.”
(ROUND 4) You have beaten some great fighters on your superb unbeaten run, but who was the toughest opponent?
“I’d have to say British fighter Junior Witter because his style is so awkward and the way he moves makes him hard to hit.”
(ROUND 5) How do you rate upcoming opponent Andriy Kotelnik?
“Kotelnik is a good, solid fighter and he is gonna come and fight, on a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate him an 8.”
(ROUND 6) Who are you looking to fight in the future?
“In the future I am willing to fight all the guys who say they are the best…because at the end of the day, the best will prevail.”
(ROUND 7) What is your motivation?
“My family is my motivation because I want them to want for nothing.”
(ROUND 8) Favourtie boxing venue?
My favourite boxing venues is Las Vegas, I dream of my face being on a jumbo big screen on the Vegas Strip.
(ROUND 9) What would you change about boxing?
“I would change the weigh in to two days before the fight.”
(ROUND 10) Who would you have loved to fight?
“For me, I don’t really have a “dream fight” because each fight I fight is just one step closer to achieving greatness.”
(ROUND 11) The big debate is still surrounding a possible super-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, If the fight goes ahead, who do you think will come out on top Devon?
“I’d have to lean towards Floyd because of his size and speed and I also think he has the better defence of the two but I think Manny would make it a great fight.”
(ROUND 12) And Finally…. Devon, Tell us something about you that we don’t yet know?
“I love my junk food and sweets!”
“Thanks for the opportunity Phil.”