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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."

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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…

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