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QUO VADIS DEVON ALEXANDER?


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St. Louis, MO. -- Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana easily made weight with Alexander coming in at 146.5 pounds while Maidana weighed a quarter of a pound under the Welterweight limit.

The atmosphere at the St. Louis City Hall rotunda was more business-like than the typical ruckus usually accompanying a boxing weigh in. Oscar De La Hoya was in his usual smiling and likable manner profusely thanking the City of St. Louis while at the same time trying to sell the fight, extolling big time boxing being back in the city by the mighty Mississippi.

The Co-Main Event fighters provided some excitement when Adrien Broner pulled a Floyd Mayweather, Jr antics when he grabbed Eloy Perez by the throat.

When Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KO) made Junior Witter quit on his stool and destroyed the formidable Juan Urango, he was on his way to boxing superstardom. Suddenly his name is being floated around as the new boxing star, injecting new blood to the ?dying? sports of boxing, ready to take over the reins from the old guard, Pacquiao, Mayweather, Marquez, Morales, etc.

But his road to stardom hit a few speed bumps. A very close win against kotelnik was dubbed by some boxing pundits as a hometown decision. An ugly loss to another boxing star in the making, Timothy Bradley put the brakes on his meteoric rise.

Top photo: Alexander (L) and Maidana (R) pose with Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya (C) during the weighin.


Broner (L) does a Mayweather by grabbing Perez's neck.

One more questionable hometown win on his comeback fight against the game and brawny Argentinean banger, Lucas Matthyse cast some doubt on his ability to join the ranks of the boxing elite.

While his arch rival, Timothy Bradley was able to secure a $5 million payday against the pound for pound king, Manny Pacquiao, Devon Alexander has to find his way in the maze and back to the road of success.

Choosing Marcos Maidana as his stepping stone on another comeback is a bold and gutsy move. Moving up from 140 to 147 and fighting a very good boxer who himself is knocking on the door of stardom is a bold and gutsy move on the part of Alexander. He does not want the easy way back.

Devon looked ripped and focused during the weigh in. The question that lingers, will Alexander, the boxer be able to pull a decisive win without a tinge of home cooking against the puncher from Argentina? Or can Alexander even stop Maidana in spite of his lowly 60% knockout rate?

Trainer Cunningham is optimistic that 147 makes Devon stronger. But can his added bulk be enough to withstand Maidana who wins 90% of the time by knockout?

If Devon pulls a convincing win, big fights will be in the horizon. Ortiz, Jones, Khan, Marquez, and who knows, he might even end up like his nemesis Bradley, getting a shot at the Pacquiao lottery before the fighting Congressman from the Philippines hangs up his gloves for good.

If Alexander loses, it will be a long and lonely trek back.

Quo vadis Devon Alexander?

Prediction: If it goes 10 rounds, Alexander by decision, otherwise Maidana by knockout in 8.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Greg R. Penilla, M.D..


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