Advertisement

Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Devon Alexander: Porter has sparring partner mentality

By Mike Coppinger

Devon Alexander wasn't supposed to share the spotlight for his fall bout with Shawn Porter.

The fight was originally slated to headline a Showtime card on Nov. 30, but will now be on the undercard of Zab Judah-Paulie Malignaggi on Dec. 7 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

No matter, Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) plans on stealing the show in his IBF welterweight title defense against Porter.

"This fight is going to be one of my signature fights," Alexander said during a media conference call Tuesday. "Shawn Porter is going to come to fight. Of course he is, he's supposed to. That's what he's supposed to do. But it's not going to be enough. I believe in my skills. You've got to believe in yourself, believe in your skills."

Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) said during the call that his past sparring with Manny Pacquiao prepared him for a bout of this caliber. But Alexander dismissed that notion and actually believes those sparring sessions will have a negative effect on Porter.

"You know, as far as sparring with Pacquiao -- I'm not a sparring partner," Alexander said. "I don't go around sparring with people. I don't have that mentality. When you go around sparring other fighters, you know get that sparring mentality, right. You know, 'I need to take off, I need to let him beat me'; I don't have that. I'm not a sparring partner."

Follow Mike Coppinger on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by King_ on 11-15-2013

Is Porter supposed to be good or something? I've never heard of him or saw him fight but I thought he took this fight on short notice and is just a stay busy fight?

Comment by MrClutch85 on 11-15-2013

Porter will come to fight he's going to come forward try to get inside rough him up Alexander will outbox from the outside catch him coming in with counter punches

Comment by YOU WILL LOSE on 11-15-2013

LOL u hear that all you young boxers out there, Devon "doesn't go around sparring," he doesn't "have that mentality" and look at how he's turned out. known for his toughness and willingness to take any fight at any time.…

Comment by BlackSnakeMamba on 11-15-2013

Yeah, But Porter is a bum. His best win was againts a shot Alfonso Gomez. Alexander might be a boring fighter, but he fought and defeated better Oppositions.

Comment by theDUD3 on 11-15-2013

most of the current champions were sparring partners when they were new up-and-coming fighters, look at provodnikov he was once pac's sparring partner and mares was gonzales's. you have to start somewhere, spar with the greats and the champions too…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines Photos: Luke Campbell Stops Perez To Earn Crack at Jorge Linares Fury Reacts To Joshua: Challenge Accepted, I Will Play With You! Joshua: I Fought The Better Klitschko, Not The One Fury Beat Video: Eddie Hearn on Joshua's TKO Win, Klitschko Rematch, More Klitschko Won't Reveal if He Plans To Execute Rematch Clause Parker's Trainer: Bellew Fight is Perfect Path To Anthony Joshua Chavez Gets Revenge, Destroys Alvarez in Two Rounds Parker's Trainer Feels Klitschko Let Joshua Off The Hook in Sixth Marrero Crushes Zambrano in One Round For WBA, IBO Belts Bellew: Joshua Has Replaced Mayweather as The King of Boxing Video: Anthony Joshua Talks Knockout of Klitschko, The Future Video: Wladimir Klitschko Post Fight - Discusses Loss To Joshua Joseph Parker Eyes Joshua For The Future, Impressed By Klitschko Klitschko: The Best Man Won, It's Really Sad That I Didn't Make It Wilder on Joshua: Fight at The End of The Year - Winner Takes All! Fury To Joshua: You Went Life and Death - I Played With Klitschko! Joshua: I Had To Dig Deep, Fought My Heart Out and Won Joshua Gets Off The Floor, Knocks Klitschko Out in Eleventh Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Lawrence Okolie WILL NOT Box On Joshua-Klitschko Scott Quigg Decisions Viorel Simion, in Line For Lee Selby Shot Wilder: Klitschko Started Slipping in Fight Against Jennings Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko - CompuBox Historical Review Luke Campbell Stops Darleys Perez in Ninth of WBA Eliminator Joshua-Klitschko Picks: Froch, Bellew, Saunders, Khan, Hatton Katie Taylor Stops Nina Meinke In Seven, Claims WBA Regional Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko: Pre-Fight Report Card Joe Cordina Blasts Out Sergej Vib At Wembley, Moves To 2-0 Zambrano: Marrero will find out he isn't as fast as he thinks he is Alvarez, Chavez Have Family Pride at Stake in Rematch Showdown Joshua Reflects on What He Learned From Sparring Klitschko Donnie Nietes Defeats Nantapech For IBF Flyweight Crown Frank Warren: Joshua Needs To Beat Wilder or Fury To Be King Joshua: No Fear of Klitschko; ‘Steppingstone Towards Greatness’ Mike Tyson Thinks Klitschko Can Win, Joshua Better Than Wilder Joshua Details Strategy to Limit Klitschko's Excessive Holding Daily Bread Mailbag: Berto, Canelo-Chavez, Klitschko-Joshua, More Duarn Vue Faces Late-Sub Miguel Angel Mendoza in Madison Quigg Has No Issue Going To Vegas For Santa Cruz or Mares Campbell: Rubio Being Blamed For Amir Khan's Loss Was Bullsh*t!
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement