After almost 1,000,000 pageviews in the last twelve months, World Boxing News celebrates its one-year anniversary with a special interview with the man that started it all a year ago.
Former WBC, WBO and IBF light-welterweight champion Devon Alexander has once again taken part in a ’12 rounds’ interview, just as the Saint Louis fighter did last year, to mark the our first year online.
It has been an eventful year for the former unified world champion, who defeated Andrei Kotelnik just days after WBN hit the internet, before losing his titles to a mixture of boxing politics and Timothy Bradley in January 2011.
The 24 year-old has since got back to winning ways with a controversial points win over Lucas Matthysse in June and will now campaign at the welterweight limit after struggling to make 140lbs in the past twelve months.
‘The Great has now been linked to a grudge match with former 140lb champion Paulie Malignaggi at the welterweight limit, which Alexander has not ruled out.
(Round 1) How do you reflect on the past twelve rounds Devon?
Well Phil, I have reflected on how I can improve on things I didn’t do well and make the things I did well even better.
(Round 2) Do you think 147lbs will be where you are most comfortable?
It’s time to move up. I have been fighting at 140lbs since I was a 15 years-old amateur and I think I will be more comfortable at 147lbs.
(Round 3) Paulie Malignaggi has had a lot to say, is there a possibility you will fight him next?My next fight is yet to be determined, but we are looking at Malignaggi as a possibility, yes.
(Round 4) Toughest opponent you faced in the last twelve months?
That would be my last fight (against Lucas Matthysse). We both came to fight and that made it tough.
(Round 5) Who do you wish you had fought in the last twelve months?
I Just want to fight the best out there. I will try and make my presence known at welterweight.
(Round 6) Favourite fight of the last twelve months?
My favourite fight of the past twelve months is my win over Matthysse.
(Round 7) Best fight you have seen live since August 2010?
I would say Amir Khan v Marcos Maidana, a great fight and deserved to be ‘Fight of the Year.’
(Round 8) Highlight of the past year?
My highlight from the past year is that I am still considered one the best.
(Round 9) When do you plan to fight next?
Not sure yet, but it will be at 147lbs.
(Round 10) What would you change over the past year?
I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything happens for a reason and I am still one of the best and still young.
(Round 11) Mayweather or Pacquiao?
Still have to go with Mayweather, his skills will be too much.
(Round 12) And finally… tell us something we don’t know that has happened to you over the past twelve months.
I have received numerous awards of the past year for my work helping and dealing with kids.