Devon Alexander is Ready To "Rock and Roll" in AC

By Jake Donovan

Devon Alexander chose to move up to welterweight more than a year ago to avoid future struggles at the scales. While his body is thankful, his schedule has yet to reap the benefits.

The St. Louis-area product enters just his third fight since moving up in weight, as he faces Lee Purdy in a welterweight bout in Atlantic City this weekend. Alexander was previously scheduled to face unbeaten Kell Brook, only for the fight to suffer several postponements due to an assortment of injuries.

Getting Purdy to fill in was simple enough – both he and Brook fight under the same promotional banner, Matchroom Sport. What hasn’t been as simple is Alexander making his way to the ring, though that is scheduled to change for the better this weekend.

“‘Finally’ is the word! After six months I’m strong and ready to rock and roll,” Alexander said of his first scheduled fight of 2013.

Alexander and Brook were originally scheduled to clash in late January, and then rescheduled for February 23 and again for this weekend.

The series of injuries was an even worse ordeal than the strung out procedure endured in his arrival to the title stage. Alexander went through an exhausting round of negotiations with Randall Bailey before finally landing a fight that was scheduled for last September, but ultimately coming in mid-October.

Alexander won a lackluster decision, which he has been forced to sit on for seven months. Still, he’ll take a struggling win over no fight at all, and remains upbeat about his return to the ring given that the time off has allowed his body to fully heal.

“It was a rollercoaster with Kell Brook. It was frustrating but I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason,” Alexander said. “Right after I injured my bicep, I started doing therapy. Now it’s ready to go.

“It doesn’t matter who I’m fighting on May 18. Kell Brook was the opponent, but had to pull out. Lee Purdy is a serviceable opponent.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -PBP- on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=daggum;13371202][B]that's true but at least he took his tests.[/B] guys like mayweather recieved an incomplete grade and a see me after class note by the teacher.[/QUOTE] I don't get why this is so hard to understand. Fighter A is protected,…

Comment by kamikaze_ero on 05-15-2013

Alexander, broner and khan are on the same level...overhyped fighter....

Comment by box yo head off on 05-15-2013

everybody got an opinion until they see Devon bear they favorite fighter... then he still ain't go b s$$t let these ppl tell it....b level fighter Hahahahahaha... some ppl just are fans of the sport .. they look at it…

Comment by Drunk Punch on 05-15-2013

He got more gifts than Santa.

Comment by turkas on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=box yo head off;13371200]but longs as he keep winning who gives ah s**t bout what these ppl on hear got to say cause they not in there putting in on the line ... Devon can beat any of them from…

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