Getting back on the horse after getting knocked down is not an easy thing. Devon Alexander was on his way to boxing supremacy before he stepped into the ring with Timothy Bradley last January.
The 24-year-old upstart was the WBC 140-pound champion at the time. A win might have vaulted him into the spotlight as the next great American boxer, but that momentum was slowed a bit after losing to Bradley. The fight was stopped in the 10th after an accidental head butt. Bradley was ahead on all three cards.
Alexander (21-1) is back at it and will take on Lucas Martin Matthysse (28-1) in a 12-round bout set for Saturday at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO on HBO’s Championship Boxing.
This fight is more than just about getting a win for Alexander, who is one of several talented fighters in arguably the most talented division in the world. Alexander would like to keep himself in line for a rematch with Bradley or perhaps a bout with the winner of Zab Judah vs. Amir Khan.
“I want to show people why I was considered one of the best at 140 pounds,” Alexander said, “and I want those people who believed in me to know that they were not wrong.”
This fight won’t be easy pickings for Alexander. Matthysse has 26 knockouts and just one loss –a split decision to Judah.
“Lucas Matthysse is one of the most dangerous guys out there, a big puncher,” Alexander added. “But they said the same thing about Juan Urango and I put him out on his back.”
Alexander, despite the loss to Bradley, was not at a loss for confidence. In fact, just being a great fighter in this era is only part of his plan.
“I am one of the most capable and dangerous fighters in the division, a former unified world champion that wants to return to the top,” said Alexander. “My goal is to prove my greatness and be International Boxing Hall of Fame material before I hang up my gloves.”