By Rick Reeno
StubHub Center, Carson, California - In a crossroads battle of welterweight contenders, former two division champion, Devon Alexander (26-2, 14KOs), bounced back from his loss to Shawn Porter with a dominating ten round unanimous decision win over tough Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-3, 18KOs). The scores were 97-93, 99-91, 99-91.
Alexander fast hands and movement was an obvious issue for Soto Karass in the early rounds. Soto Karass tried to make it a brawl midway through the contest and he succeeded in moments, but Alexander's faster hands were able to make it to the target first, and Alexander's defense was key as Soto Karass rarely blocked a shot. Soto Karass was often digging hard hooks to the body, but Alexander took the shots very well through six.
Alexander continued to outbox the much slower Soto Karass as the rounds progressed, but they went to war, trading shots at close range, at the start of the tenth and final round. But again, the faster and more accurate Alexander was scoring the points.