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Alexander: Speed kills

Emily Harney

Undefeated Devon Alexander “The Great” stunned Juan “Iron Twin” Urango with two knockdowns in the eighth round that led to a spectacular technical knockout win on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.. Alexander took Urango’s IBF title at 140 pounds and added it to his WBC super lightweight championship. “My coach told me to stay focused when Urango started bleeding [from the nose in the third round]. My coach said ‘Don’t stand there and get hit,’” said Alexander afterward. “His [Urango’s] punches did not hurt at all. I was surprised by that. Speed kills everything and that’s what I have.”

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Alexander’s trainer/manager Kevin Cunningham added, “I told Devon to throw the uppercut, and he heard me. It was the magic shot. We trained all camp to throw that punch. We used speed to set up the power.”

As for the future, Alexander said, “I can beat anyone: Zab, Timothy Bradley, you name it. I want to come back to St. Louis and sell out the Scottrade Center. I’m coming back to good old St. Lou with two world titles. This is very sweet.”

Urango was gracious in defeat. “I’m very happy and satisfied with my performance tonight,” he said. “Devon is a great champion and he came out and did his job. I performed well but Devon won tonight.”

Current WBC USNBC heavyweight titlist and New York state prospect Derric Rossy outpointed Zack Page over twelve. “Page is a crafty, veteran fighter that can take a punch, no doubt about it,” said Rossy. “He knew how to take away the space I need to land my best shots. I dropped a big right hand on him in the sixth round and had him down and almost out. I think I tried too hard for the knockout instead of just letting it come. I could have let my hands go more in the closing rounds, but, like I said, he’s a crafty guy.”

Page stated, “I wasn’t as good as I wanted to be tonight. I wasn’t in my best condition. I know that now. Rossy is a good fighter. He deserved the win tonight.”

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