Former two-weight world title holder Devon Alexander is on a redemption mission against the hardened Jesus Soto-Karass this weekend as the American makes his return at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The 27 year-old was out of soughts in losing badly to former amateur foe Shawn Porter at the Barclays Center in December and needs to prove his career is not on the downward spiral with an impressive display against the Mexican.
Alexander lost his IBF welterweight title via a unanimous decision to Porter, who has since gone on to crush Paulie Malignaggi in just four rounds – with ‘The Great’ adamant that he can perform much better if they met again.
“It definitely wasn’t my best performance,” stated Alexander.
“Like I’ve said in a recent interview, I took Porter lightly a little bit as I beat him when I was amateur and you know I had this hunch that this was going to be a cakewalk, and he surprised me a little bit and I didn’t follow the game plan so you saw the result of that.
“Nobody likes to lose, but you have to take some licks across the head to get to where you need to be. I hope that this will be the last lick I will take across the head.
“I would love a rematch with Shawn Porter. I know my skills and technique are way better than his, but we will see what happens. I don’t want to talk past this fight.
“This is the present, and it’s about what I do in the present and what’s going to count, and I’m looking forward to it June 21.
“I have to go out there and look good doing it, and you know that’s the only thing people want to see is a win and looking explosive doing it, and that’s what I’m going to have to do. My resume speaks for itself and you know, I am a threat to anybody out there, and all I have to do is continue to win.
“I don’t feel that I have to do anything special, just go out there and do what I normally do and be exciting and get the victory.”
A three-time world champion at the age of just 25, Alexander has proved he can cut it with the top fighters out there, but has lost focus in the past against the likes of Timothy Bradley and of course, Porter.
Along with trusted trainer Kevin Cunningham, Alexander is planning on something special come Saturday night and wants to send out a warning to the best fighters out there at 147 that he is back to his best.
“I totally think at the end of the day I’ll get my credit. They say the greats don’t get recognized for their greatness until they die,” he said.
“I just have to continue to win. I handle that by surrounding myself with a lot of people that love me, there are a lot of people that motivate me, and continue to instil in me that I am one of the best out there, and that’s what keeps me going. That’s what Kevin always tells me in my ear, ‘Man, you’re one of the best guys out there. Don’t let nobody steer you away from that, and continue to do what you do.’ And I’m going to keep going, and that’s what I’m going to do.
“I want to fight all the elite fighters; I never want to duck anyone. I am looking to make a statement in this fight; you are only as good as your last fight, so I plan on making a statement.
“On the night of the fight you will see a mix of everything — power, speed, legs and I will show everyone why I am the former world champion.”
Guerrero v Kamegai, Alexander v Soto-Karass and Russell v Lomachenko are all live on Showtime this Saturday from 10pm ET and on BoxNation in the UK from 2am. Subscribe at BoxNation
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