Advertisement
Advertisement

Alexander's Trainer: Matthysse is Better Than Maidana

By Lem Satterfield

Kevin Cunningham, the manager and trainer of southpaw junior welterweight Devon Alexander, told BoxingScene.com that he believes Lucas Matthysse to be a better fighter than his 140-pound, Argentininan countryman and counter part, Marcos Rene Maidana.

Although he was dethroned last month as WBC titlist by WBO champion, Tim Bradley (27-0, 11 knockouts), Cunningham told BoxingScene.com that Alexander (21-1, 13 knockouts) is being considered for a bout against knockout artist Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs), who scored eight knockdowns on the way to January's eighth-round stoppage of 36-year-old southpaw, former world titlist DeMarcus Corley (37-16-1, 22 KOs).

In victory over Corley, Matthysse rebounded from November's disputed, 12-round, split-decision loss to southpaw former three-time titlist Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs), whom Mattysse floored in the 10th round.

Judah's victory in the IBF eliminator ended a run of four straight knockout wins by Matthysse, who, more than a year go in February, stopped former world titlist Vivian Harris (29-5-1, 19 KOs) in the fourth round.

Cunningham told BoxingScene.com that he believes Matthysse to be better than Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs), noting that Corley, in August, had lost a toe-toe, clash with then, once-beaten, WBA interim junior welterweight titlist after rising from an eighth-round knockdown, In December, Maidana rose from a first-round knockdown and nearly scored a stoppage of his own in the 10th round of an eventual, unanimous decision loss to England's WBA king Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs).

On April 9, Maidana will face three-division king, Erik Morales (51-6, 35 KOs), the last man to defeat eight-division and WBO welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao, doing so in March of 2005 by unanimous decision.

Alexander is promoted by Don King, whose negotiations for a Matthysse bout are being handled by Golden Boy Promotions.

BoxingScene.com: So where are the negotiations for a match up between Devon Alexander and Lucas Matthysse?

Kevin Cunningham: Don [King] and [Golden Boy Promotions CEO] Richard Schaefer are in discussions. They're in discussions for a possible Alexander-Matthysse fight.

BoxingScene.com: What was said by Marcos Maidana following Devon Alexander's loss to Tim Bradley?

Kevin Cunningham: Well, you know, right after the fight, Maidana was on doing an interview saying that he would like to fight Devon.

But then Maidana said that he knew that, after watching Devon fight Tim Bradley, that he thought that Devon would duck him. Maidana said that he thought that Devon would be too scared to take a fight with him.

BoxingScene.com: What are your thoughts about that?

Kevin Cunningham: You know, we were asked about a Maidana fight. Devon would have loved to have come back and fight Marcos Maidana. But Maidana chose to take a fight with Erik Morales.

So, now, like I said, we're in discussions, and we're considering and there are conversations about Devon fighting Lucas Matthysse, who I feel is a better fighter any way.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chief2ndzOnly! on 03-03-2011

[QUOTE=romebyko;10183688]I don't know about this,Matt's shoots his punches straight and he has a good chin from what I seen of him..I would love to see it,I say it's an instant classic..[/QUOTE] I think Matthysse takes it Rome homie. I dont…

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 03-03-2011

I don't know about this,Matt's shoots his punches straight and he has a good chin from what I seen of him..I would love to see it,I say it's an instant classic..

Comment by ronnie_N. on 03-03-2011

cuntingham should shut the f*ck up... his boy got whooped last time and practically gave-up...

Comment by BesWorldChamp on 03-03-2011

[QUOTE=Ray Dollars;10183526]I predict now, he wont's face either Argentinian - it will be a a much softer opponent. I'm saying Malignaggi.[/QUOTE] Paulie is at 147 now. I don't see Alexander moving up to face him.

Comment by johncods on 03-03-2011

Both would beat " The Great Fraud ". Who gives a ****?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines Hammer Backs Klara Svensson To Defeat Mikaela Lauren Daniela Bermudez Stuns Mariana Juarez in Mexico City Shields Leaves Door Open For Third Olympic Gold in 2020 Mayweather: They Ask a Thousand Times - I'm NOT Coming Back! Guerrero Claims Robbery: I Clearly Won, 116-112 Score Was Crazy! Peralta: I Was a Cab Driver, Now I Beat Robert Guerrero! Miguel Marriaga Blasts Out Robb, Jose Felix Crushes Frankel Yazmin Rivas Earns Debatable Split Nod Over Jessica Gonzalez David Peralta a Ghost Buster, Stuns Robert Guerrero in Upset Win Rod Salka Returns To Beat a Game Savi, Devin Haney Wins Isaac Dogboe Impressive, Dominates Neil John Tabanao Freddy Hernandez Shocks Alfredo Angulo With Big Decision Win Terrell Gausha Snags Tough Decision Win Over Steve Martinez Avni Yildirim Dominates Aaron Pryor Jr. Over Ten Rounds Cuadras To Chocolatito: I'm Good, I'm Very Handsome, I'll KO You Euro News: Imre Szello, Lauren vs. Svensson Card, Pierre Madsen Promoters Coming Together To Fight New Laws in New York Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Kazuto Ioka is Likely Purse Bid Bound Kovalev vs. Ward T-Mobile Arena Ticket Information Liam Smith: I Can Take Canelo's Shots, I Want To Test His Chin! Tommy Morrison's Son Aims To Impress on ShoBox Kovalev-Ward Deal Finalized For Vegas; Announcement Soon Anthony Joshua's Ring Return: Manchester is The Frontrunner Whyte vs. Sexton Plans Canned, Could Be Dereck Chisora Next Robert Frankel Ready: Jose Felix is a Very Winnable Fight Casimero Training Very Hard For Edwards, Says Promoter Hearn Hopeful For Callum Johnson Commonwealth Challenge Golovkin's Coach: Eubank Sr. Telling Lies, Must Come To His Senses Vargas Confident: I Really Think I'm Knocking Manny Pacquiao Out! Golovkin: This is Different, I'm Not Doing What Canelo Did! Frank Warren on Eubank vs. Langford, Flanagan's Options Edwards Confident of Shocking Casimero on Golovkin vs. Brook Con Sheehan Signs With MGM, Will Fight Twice In A Week LaRon Mitchell Goes The Distance, Danny Roman Wins Mikaela Lauren Promises To Drill Klara Svensson For The Count Macklin Warns Brook: Golovkin is Smart, Don't Let Him Read You Jacobs: I'll Fight Golovkin Before Canelo Does - For Right Money Muhammad Ali Center Looks To The Future Without The Champ Frank Warren Throws Water on Joshua's Claim of Joyce Robbery Canelo Pleased To Reclaim Mexican Dates From Mayweather
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement