WBC and IBF light welterweight champion Devon Alexander "The Great" defeated Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnik by unanimous decision Saturday night in his crime infested hometown of St. Louis, MO.
"It was an OK performance," said Alexander, 23, a southpaw who was raised in the tough Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis and was taught to box there by a former cop turned trainer. "I think I did enough to win. I trained for 12 rounds and got the victory. That is what I came here to do."
Granted, Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) did not perform exceptionally versus the 32-year-old Kotelnik (31-4-1, 13 KOs) this past weekend.
Nevertheless, "Alexander the Great" did enough to clearly beat a sound pugilist who captured a lightweight silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Following the bout, Alexander immediately put on a T-shirt that read, "Bradley U Next."
"Bradley" is former WBC and current WBO world light welterweight champ "Desert Storm" Timothy Bradley.
Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) is a good fighter with sound skills and fundamentals.
However, "Desert Storm's" feathery fists couldn't rock "Glass Joe" and there is no way he could handle Alexander for an entire 12 rounds.
"It would be an exciting match," said Michael Cardello, 29, a resident of Quincy. "Alexander would win."
If they do ultimately battle, Devon Alexander will knockout Timothy Bradley within ten rounds.