Devon Alexander was hoping to rebound from the first loss in his career last January in a big way. The St. Louis native got the win he was looking for, edging Lucas Matthysse in a split decision at the Family Arena in St. Charles on Saturday.
As usual, the judge's scoring was a bit peculiar. Carlos Colon had it 96-93 and Denny Nelson had hit 95-94, both in favor of Alexander (22-1), while Brett Miller scored it 96-93 for Matthysse (28-2).
It was an eye-opening fight for Alexander, who was knocked down for the first time in his career in the fourth round. But he recovered quickly enough to avoid any further damage.
“The knockdown was a flash knockdown," said Alexander. "I had to pull it out. I was having flashbacks from my last fight with Bradley, and I wasn’t going to lose two fights in a row. As a matter of fact, I’m never going to lose again.”
Naturally Matthysse, who had also lost a controversial decision to Zab Judah, wasn't happy with the scoring.
“I gave it my all. It was a tough fight but I thought I won," Matthysse said. "Once again, I was robbed. He’s lucky he won the fight. I thought when I put him down, I’d finish him off but I couldn’t.”
In the main undercard, Tavoris Cloud stopped Yusaf Mack (29-4-2) 2:57 into the eighth round and retained his IBF light heavyweight belt. Cloud (22-0) is hoping this fight will eventually get him in the ring with some big name opponents.
“Jean Pascal is here tonight. If he’s ready, I’m ready," Cloud said. "I’m ready for anybody.”