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Alexander-Koteknik heats up

Both camps promise a##-kicking

Photos: David Marin Warr/DKP

A typical boxing press conference today at Scottrade Center in St. Louis suddenly turned raucous after undefeated unified 140-pound world champion Devon Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham told former WBA junior welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik, a Ukrainian making his first visit to America, “That’s a long way to come for an ass whuppin.’ Kotelnik responded “There will be an ass kicking, but St. Louis will be surprised who will be doing it.”

Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis, will put his WBC and IBF crowns on the line against Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) in an Aug. 7 world championship doubleheader that will also feature undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla., taking on former IBF world champion Glen Johnson, from Jamaica now fighting out of Miami.

Kotelnik did not take kindly to Cunningham’s comments on behalf of Alexander.

“They say it’s a long way to come for an ass kicking, but I have a question for Devon Alexander after his people have made all these boasts,” Kotelnik said. “Will Devon come back and fight me in a rematch in the Ukraine after I kick his ass?

Cunningham had more for Kotelnik.

“I never make predictions, and I wasn’t going to tell the public this, but I just told my team last week that Devon’s going to knock out Kotelnik in two rounds. We’re kicking his ass.”

Alexander was more reserved in his comments.

“Kotelnik is a good, solid fighter. But I’m a better fighter. His time has come and gone. He was a champion but he’s not anymore, and he’s certainly not going to be champion after this fight.

Cunningham, before he made his bolder comments, spoke of how proud he is of Alexander.

“Devon is the perfect example of what you can do with hard work and dedication,” Cunningham said. “He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He wasn’t even the best fighter in my gym, but look at him now. Look at what hard work and remembering to rise above your circumstances can do.”

Promoter Don King was his normal effusive self.

“So you know, what we have is here is like when Dorothy clicked her heels in the Wizard of Oz, like when Marvin Gayle said, ‘Something’s Goin’ On,’ we’ve got something big going on in St. Louis on Aug. 7,” King said. “Two world championships already, and I’m not done building the card yet.”

Light heavyweight world champion Cloud said his fight with Johnson will be a good one.

“Glen comes right at you and nobody will be running in this fight,” Cloud said. “That’s not my style. Glen is a good fighter and so am I. St. Louis will get more than their money’s worth come Aug. 7.”

Johnson’s thoughts were much the same as Cloud’s in summing up their fight.

“I see a lot of similarity in my style and Tavoris Cloud’s style,” Johnson said. “He likes to come forward and so do I. We’re both going into the kitchen to do some cooking, and St. Louis will get the meal.”

Tickets priced at $17.50, $35, $70, $150 and $300 went on sale this morning at Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com. A per ticket facility fee will be added to all tickets purchased at all locations, including at the Scottrade Center Box Office. Additional Ticketmaster service charges and handling fees apply. For disabled seating, call 314-622-5420. The event is being promoted by Don King Productions, and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. followed by a full undercard. The above-mentioned world championships will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. CT). Cloud vs. Johnson is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing Promotions.

Raw Quotes

Don King: “So you know what we have is here is like when Dorothy clicked her heels in the Wizard of Oz… Like when Marvin Gayle said, ‘Something’s Goin’ On,’ we’ve got something big going on in St. Louis on Aug. 7. Two world championships already, and I’m not done building the card yet.

“This is a great chance for the people of St. Louis to see their hometown hero return for the first time as world champion. Not a single world champion, but as the WBC and IBF king at 140 pounds.”

Glen Johnson: “I want to thank St. Louis for having us. This is a great event. I want to thank my promoters and Don King.

“I see a lot of similarity in my style and Tavoris Cloud’s style. He likes to come forward and so do I. We’re both going into the kitchen to do some cooking, and St. Louis will get the meal.”

Tavoris Cloud: “Glen comes right at you and nobody will be running in this fight. That’s not my style. Glen is a good fighter and so am I. St. Louis will get more than their money’s worth come Aug. 7.”

Andriy Kotelnik: “It is great to be in America for the first time. This will be the most difficult and challenging fight of my career against a St. Louis favorite. I want everyone in America to know that I didn’t come here to be an opponent. I came here to become world champion again. I will be in the best condition of my career.”

Kotelnik responded after a verbal assault from Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham: “They say it’s a long way to come for an ass kicking, but I have a question for Devon Alexander after his people have made all these boasts: Will Devon come back and fight me in a rematch in the Ukraine after I kick his ass? There will be an ass kicking, but St. Louis will be surprised who will be doing it.

“Alexander and his people are very brave because they are at home. But we’ll see how brave they are after I beat Alexander. I still love America. It’s one of the great countries, but I have a job to do and I will do it.

“Everybody you know should watch this fight. I am going to show you everything I can do, and you will not be disappointed.

“I would like to thank Don King personally, Don King Productions staff and HBO. I would like to thank Mr. King for making the long trip to my hometown of Lviv, Ukraine, to sign me last month.”

Devon Alexander: “First of all, I want to thank God. He is the leader of my life and career. Thanks to Don, the greatest promoter in the world. Thanks to the coach of the year, in my book, Kevin Cunningham.

“It’s a blessing to be back in St. Louis. For those of you who don’t know me, I started out on undercards here in St. Louis. Look at me now. I’m in the main event.

“As far as the fight goes, everybody knows me and that I’m coming to fight. Trainers don’t win fights. They can talk all they want. With my trainer Kevin, we make a plan and then we execute it. As long as Kevin is in my corner, I will never lose.

Kotelnik is a good, solid fighter. But I’m a better fighter. His time has come and gone. He was a champion but he’s not anymore, and he’s certainly not going to be champion after this fight. It’s my time. Now it’s off to train in Las Vegas, and I’ll see you all when I get back from camp.”

Kevin Cunningham (Alexander’s trainer and manager): “I’m going to behave myself. I promised my wife and daughter I wouldn’t clown. I’m just happy to see all these people come down to this press conference today.

“Devon is the perfect example of what you can do with hard work and dedication. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He wasn’t even the best fighter in my gym, but look at him now. Look at what hard work and remembering to rise above your circumstances can do.

“Kotelnik is one of the best fighters in the world. That’s why I wanted him for Devon. He beat one of the baddest fighters in the world, Marcos Maidana. This boy Kotelnik is from the Ukraine. That’s along way to come for an ass whuppin’.”

“I never make predictions, and I wasn’t going to tell the public this, but I just told my team last week that Devon’s going to knock out Kotelnik in two rounds. We’re kicking his ass.”

Ryan Coyne: “It’s great that I’ll be fighting in St. Louis with my friend, Devon. I watched Devon make his ascension up the ranks, fighting on undercards with other Don King champions like Cory Spinks. Now he is a world champion.

“I am also undefeated at cruiserweight and I look forward to following in his path.”


    June 10th, 2010


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