Devon Alexander (27-6-1) will return to the ring for the first time in over two years when he faces Lucas Santamaria (11-2-1) on August 7th. The fight will be part of a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX all welterweight tripleheader that will also include Cody Crowley-Gabriel Maestre and Eimantas Stanionis-Luis Collazo. The action takes place at The Armory in Minneapolis.
The 34-year-old St. Louis based southpaw is hoping to get in position to fight for another world title.
He knows that this is the biggest fight of Santamaria’s career and that he can’t afford to overlook him.
“He’s a solid fighter who’s getting the opportunity of his lifetime. I’m sure he’s training like it but there’s nothing there that can stop this train pushing through on August 7th,” Alexander told BoxingScene.com.
If everything goes as planned, Alexander hopes to have one more lower level fight before going after the top names in the welterweight division.
“Al (Haymon) wants another tune up this year just for me to get another feel. Then after that we want a top 5 for an eliminator bout,” said Alexander.
The former two-division champion has lost four out of his last six fights but feels rejuvenated after his time away from the ring. He feels so good that he believes he will be the first to knockout out the durable Santamaria.
“I think I will stop him in five or six,” Alexander stated.
Santamaria lost an unanimous decision in his last fight against Paul Kroll. Prior to that fight, he picked up the biggest win of his career when he upset Mykal Fox in August.
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