Devon Alexander was born February 10th, 1987 and grew up in a rough, economically depressed section of St. Louis, Missouri. Seeking an escape to the crime and drug-infested neighborhood, Alexander entered into a boxing program at a local gym headed by trainer, Kevin Cunningham.
Alexander embarked on an accomplished and comprehensive amateur career that saw the slick boxer capture many local, regional, and national titles en route to an overall 300-10 record. He made it as far as the 2004 Olympic trials, but lost in the finals via tie-breaker to Rock Allen.
He made his pro debut in May of 2004, winning via TKO 1 at the age of 17 against Vincent Torres in Michigan.
Alexander’s next twelve bouts were fought in the Illinois-Missouri area against club-level opposition until January of 2008 when he would defeat former jr. welterweight champ, Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley via unanimous twelve round decision in Madison Square Garden on the Roy Jones-Felix Trinidad undercard.
From there, he’d step up his level of opposition the following 14 months with wins over fringe contenders like Miguel Callist, Christopher Fernandez, and Jesus Rodriguez. Alexander would also fight on the first professional card held in Communist China, scoring a technical knockout in four rounds against South Korean, Sun-Haeng Lee.
The southpaw slickster would earn his first title, beating the UK’s Junior Witter for the vacant WBC 140 lb. belt in August of 2009. Alexander would control the contest throughout and would win the bout via RTD 8 when Witter claimed an arm injury.
A title unification would follow as the new WBC champ would take on reigning IBF jr. welterweight champ, Juan Urango. Despite the feeling that Urango was a durable and respectable title holder, Alexander would win the contest easily, stopping the Colombian in the eight round.
Returning back home to his native St. Louis for the first defense of his unified WBC/IBF titles in August of 2010, Alexander would struggle mightily with former champ, Andreas Kotelnik, winning a controversial unanimous decision over the motivated Ukranian.
He would later be stripped of the IBF title for failing to fight his mandatory opponent in favor of a January 29th unification with Timothy Bradley.
Devon Alexander’s current record, as of January 25th, 2010 is 21-0 with 13 KOs.
— Alexander is a supremely skilled technical fighter with a slick, fluid style.
— Has world class hand and foot speed.
— In the few times he has struggled thus far in his career, he’s demonstrated the heart and determination of a champion.
— Has lapses on defense and can be hit easier than expected for someone of his skills.
— Has lapses in focus.
Alexander is gifted with a world class skill set and ability, but is only 23-years old and carries with him the mental flaws and distractions that come with a lack of maturity and true ring experience.
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