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Devon Alexander (born February 10, 1987) American . Nicknamed "Alexander the Great," he is the former WBC and IBF light welterweight champion.
Alexander grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis, in an area described as downtrodden, rough, gang- and drug-infested. Alexander joined the boxing gym that Kevin Cunningham, a former police officer turned trainer, founded in the basement of an old police station.
Thirty kids joined the boxing program of Cunningham, who had hoped to keep the kids out of trouble. A stablemate of Alexander's, Cory Spinks would become welterweight champion but at least eight are dead. A dozen have been arrested, including Alexander's older brother Vaughn, a once promising prospect currently serving an 18-year prison sentence for robbery.
Alexander had an outstanding amateur career, compiling a record of 300-10 under the tutelage of Cunningham. He was a four-time Silver Gloves champion from ages 10–14; three-time PAL national champion; Junior Golden Gloves and Junior Olympics national champion; 2003 United States national champion in the 19-and-under division; and 2004 United States light welterweight national champion.
Alexander made it to the final round of the 2004 Olympic trials, where he battled Rock Allen to a draw and was knocked down once before losing on a tie-breaker.
At age 17, Alexander made his professional debut, defeating Vincent Torres by first round technical knockout in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. He was victorious in his second pro fight against Karl Hunter before on February 5, 2005, Alexander defeated Donovan Castaneda by unanimous decision in front of 22,370 spectators, the second-largest crowd in history to witness a boxing event in an indoor arena at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Alexander’s mentor, Cory Spinks, headlined the card opposing Zab Judah.
Alexander won his next five fights before on July 8, 2006, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri, Alexander defeated Tyler Ziolkowski by first round technical knockout to win the WBC Youth welterweight title, but was himself knocked down once in the fight.
On January 6, 2007, Alexander defeated Maximinio Cuevas by fourth round technical knockout at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In his next fight, Alexander fought Scott Ball on March 2, 2007, at the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Belterra, Indiana. Alexander was down in the second round himself but broke Ball's jaw in round six and dropped him twice in round seven en route to a technical knockout victory.
He won his next two fights against Marcus Luck and Cory Peterson before he went up against former WBO junior welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley on January 19, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Alexander easily defeated Corley by unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBC Continental Americas junior welterweight title.
On August 1, 2009, Alexander defeated Junior Witter by eighth round due to RTD 8 to claim the vacant WBC light welterweight championship. Witter gave up on his stool claiming that he had re-injured his left hand. Alexander was hurt by a right hand in round 2, All three judges had Alexander ahead at the time of the stoppage 79-73, 79-73, 80-72.
Alexander was next scheduled to face two-time champion Juan Urango of Colombia in a title unification bout. The 6 March 2010 bout was held at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut and was televised on HBO's "Boxing After Dark" telecast. To train for the fight, Alexander used a Las Vegas house lent by promoter Don King as training base. Devon Alexander defeated Juan Urango by TKO in round 8.
Alexander threw an uppercut which dropped Urango. Urango made the count but Alexander resumed his attack and threw a hook to Urango's temple which again dropped him. Urango stood up but was clearly dazed, resulting in a stoppage by the referee. Urango, who suffered his first KO defeat, called out Timothy Bradley after the fight, but a fight was never made because Bradley just moved up to welterweight.
In his next fight he faced Andreas Kotelnik, the former WBA Light Welterweight champion, in his hometown of St. Louis Missouri on 7 August in front of members of the St. Louis Rams, Evander Holyfield and Floyd Mayweather.
Alexander won the fight by a controversial unanimous decision with all judges scoring the fight 116-112.
On October 22, 2010, Alexander was stripped of the IBF Junior Welterweight title for not fighting the no. 1 contender, Kaizer Mabuza.
Timothy Bradley vs Devon Alexander
Alexander's next fight, on January 29, 2011, took place against Timothy Bradley, which he lost via 10th round TD after an unintentional head-butt forced a stop to the bout.
Devon Alexander vs. Lucas Matthysse
On June 25, 2011, Alexander beat Lucas Matthysse in a disputed split decision. The fight seemed like a clear win for Matthysse, who knocked down Alexander in the fourth round and landed harder shots. The home state judges in Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri, however, scored the fight 96-93 and 95-94 for Alexander and 96-93 for Matthysse.
Devon Alexander vs. Marcos Maidana
On February 25, 2012 Alexander moved up to welterweight and put on a dominating performance against highly regarded and hard charging Marcos Maidana. Alexander landed the right hook at will, catching Maidana with his left hand down throughout the contest. Maidana was seemingly surprised by both the speed and power Alexander displayed at his first fight at welterweight. Only one of the three judges had Maidana winning a round.
James Derick Kirkland (born March 19, 1984, in Austin, Texas, United States)
Kirkland fights at light middleweight, and is the WBO NABO light middleweight title holder. Kirkland was once one of the most prominent rising junior middleweights in the World before an 18-month prison stint knocked his career off track.
Kirkland has an amateur record of 134–12. and won the Silver Gloves championship four years in a row and lost on a controversial decision to James Patterson in the finals of the National Golden Gloves.
Instead of going to the Olympics, Kirkland turned professional to provide for his family.
Kirkland turned professional in August 2001 in San Antonio, Texas. In his debut Kirkland defeated fellow debutant Maurice Chalmers with a third round knockout. Kirkland has been trained by former women's champion Ann Wolfe since 2001.
On November 22, 2008, Kirkland (24–0, 21 KOs) won an 8th round technical knockout versus Brian Vera (16–2, 10 KOs). Kirkland dropped Vera twice in Round 2.
On March 7, 2009, Kirkland defeated Joel Julio on HBO's Boxing After Dark at the HP Pavilion in San Jose by TKO after Round 6.
Return To Boxing
On March 5, 2011, Kirkland returned to the ring after an almost 2 year layoff to defeat Ahsandi Gibbs via first round KO. On April 9, 2011, Kirkland faced Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan, in what was supposed to be a stay-busy fight for Kirkland. However, in a stunning upset, the previously undefeated Kirkland was stopped in the first round by the Japanese fighter, who isn't known for being a big puncher having only 7 KO's in 29 fights, getting knocked down 3 times. After the loss, Kirkland split with trainer Kenny Adams and reunited with Ann Wolfe. Kirkland and Wolfe had broken up after Kirkland went to prison.
Kirkland came back from his shocking first-round knockout loss to score three knockdowns over Alexis Hloros en route to a second-round knockout. He entered the fight his usual aggression, looking to mix it up immediately and scored two knockdowns in the opening round. First, Hloros went down during a flurry and then he took a knee during another stream of punches.
James Kirkland vs Alfredo Angulo
On the 5th of November, 2011, in a highly exciting fight, Kirkland rose from a first round knockdown to defeat Angulo via 6th round TKO.
Outside The Ring
Kirkland is on probation for a 2003 armed robbery that cost him 2½ years of his career.
On Sunday, April 19, 2009, Kirkland was stopped in Austin traffic and arrested for possession of a firearm by a felony, with a possibility of prison time if he is convicted. He is currently on probation for an armed robbery conviction in 2003, for which he spent 30 months in prison.
On Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Kirkland was sentenced to 24 months in prison after pleading guilty to the firearm charge. Kirkland was released from prison in September 2010 and spent several more months in a halfway house in Austin, Texas.