HBO and Don King present: Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KO’s) vs. Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KO’s) for Alexander’s IBF and WBC junior-welterweight belts.
Alexander is one of the kings at 140 pounds, his closest rivals are Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan, who both hold titles at junior-welterweight. Devon Alexander and his trainer Kevin Cunningham have been calling out Timothy Bradley for a unification bout to see who the real king of the 140-pound weight class really is, but Bradley feels a fight with Alexander is not his main priority, Bradley wants big money fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at 147-pounds.
In Kotelnik’s last fight, he lost his WBA junior-welterweight title to British boxing star, Amir Khan, and instead of taking a tune up fight against a lesser known fighter, he is jumping straight to a tough fight with champion Devon Alexander. Andriy Kotelnik’s biggest win was against Marcos Rene Maidana in 2009, Kotelnik defeated Maidana by decision and since than Maidana went on to knock out talented 140 pound fighter, Victor Ortiz.
Also on the Don King/HBO Boxing After Dark card is a special attraction, Tavoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KO’s) vs. Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KO’s) at light-heavyweight. Cloud is the undefeated rising star and Johnson is the older cagey veteran, this match-up will test Cloud to see if he has what it takes to move to the next level.
It is also rumored that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be in attendance during the fight. Mayweather was invited by Don King and everyone is curious to see if Floyd signed on with the longtime boxing promoter Don King in hopes to land a Manny Pacquiao fight.
The HBO Boxing After Dark card starts at 7 PM PT/ 10 PM ET. The event will take place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and broadcast on HBO. Check your local listings for channels.
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