By: Marc Livitz: Devon Alexander passed his first test as a welterweight with absolute flying colors. In front of a sea of supporters in his hometown of St. Louis, MO., Alexander "The Great" showed from start to finish why he may just become a staple in the division for the next few years. By way of his superior boxing skills, Devon (23(13)-1) dominated throughout the 10 round contest versus the always dangerous slugger from Argentina, Marcos "El Chino" Maidana. Alexander neutralized the normally powerful attack from the Argentine and almost scored a complete shutout victory at the Scott Trade Center.
The opening round saw each fighter make an attempt to size up the other man. Neither fighter had much of a height or reach advantage. Maidana (31(28)-3) would get caught virtually every time he attempted to get inside and land any of the power shots for which he’s heralded and feared. The move up in weight seemed to benefit Alexander but hinder Maidana. The next few rounds consisted mostly of the Argentine’s willingness to take punishment if it meant he would possibly have the chance to dish out the same. The approach didn’t work. This was not the Devon Alexander who wilted against Timothy Bradley last year in Detroit. The new and improved fighter from St. Louis peppered "El Chino" with effective combinations and slowed him with at times irritating clinching and grabbing. The strategy kept Maidana at bay for the entirety of the bout. In round five, Alexander appeared to realize that he could win a bit easier as long as he boxed instead of fought. Maidana did what he could to try and get at "The Great". The middle rounds exhibited much of the same.
Alexander landed his best shots of the fight in the eighth round. A straight left to Maidana’s midsection clearly hurt him. The two quick rights and subsequent left cross had the Argentine in a temporary jam at the midway point of the stanza. The final two rounds consisted mostly of Alexander turning the tables even more on Marcos Maidana, as he was able to get "El Chino" to chase him. Afterwards, the pride of St. Louis would tag at will. This was Alexander’s night. Maidana is normally the bully in the ring, but tonight Devon canceled out the mean streak. Two judges scored the bout as a clean sweep, 100-90, while the third gave one round to Maidana with a 99-91 scoresheet.
"Broner Dances to 4th Round Knockout of Perez"
Adrien "The Problem" Broner applied constant pressure from the opening bell and easily defeated Eloy "The Prince" Perez in a scheduled twelve round fight between two undefeated boxers for the WBO Junior Lightweight title. The Cincinnati native fought tall, stood wide and above all, punched hard and fast en route to a fourth round knockout victory. Eloy Perez of Salinas, CA. (23(7)-1-2) showed the heart of a warrior throughout the contest, however the evening belonged to Broner. In round one, "The Problem" displayed a lightning quick left jab and an equally speedy right hook. "The Prince" Perez attempted to land shots, but he found Broner’s brilliant defense to be a tough shell to crack. The previously unbeaten kid from California never found his rhythm and often times and perhaps most detrimentally, stood directly in front of Broner. This was a habit that he continued to follow for the next three rounds. By round four, Eloy had somewhat halted his ring movement which had kept him out of serious trouble. With fewer than a minute left in the period, Perez backed away from the incessant jab of Broner and suddenly found himself on the ropes. A masterfully timed straight right from "The Problem" met the bridge of Eloy’s nose and sent him to the floor. A short jab from Broner to the back of his head as he was falling helped pile on the misery.
In a heavyweight bout Deontay Wilder, a former Olympian, used all his physical advantages to score a tko fourth round win over Marlon Hayes.
Wilder has now won all of his 21 professional fights by knockout, Hayes, falls to, 23-11-(11).
Other results from St Louis
light welterweight Sharif Bogere w tko 3 Sergio Rivera
light middleweight Keith Thurman w tko 1 Christopher Fernandez
light middleweight Eddie Gomez w pts 6 David Lopez
light welterweight Tyrone Chatman w pts 4 Marlon Smith
middleweight Christopher Pearson w tko 1Jeremy Wood
cruiserweight Jose Ponce w tko 1 Johnathan Brown
February 25, 2012