St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was so impressed by undefeated World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation unified world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” after he visited Rams training camp today, he arranged a special team bus trip to see Alexander’s title defense live on Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “I have a great deal of respect for what boxers go through to prepare for a fight,” Spagnuolo said. “Devon is a local talent and it was important for us that he knows the entire Rams organization is behind him and wish him the best Saturday night.”
Alexander and his trainer Kevin Cunningham, promoter Don King and another undefeated local boxer appearing on the card, Ryan Coyne, enjoyed their visit to Rams Park on Tuesday.
“These are my heroes,” Alexander, a lifelong Rams fan, said. “Being able to come out and see these great football players up close and to be able to talk with them makes me feel like all the hard work in the gym is paying off for me. This is a dream come true for me.”
Don King, who has promoted Alexander’s entire professional career, marvels at Alexander’s internal compass, the one that has kept him out of trouble and excelling in life.
“My whole career I have counseled young boxers that they have an opportunity to do great things, win titles and earn the type of money normally reserved for people of a different background,” King said. “Then here comes Devon, a kid from Vashon High, who not only is tearing up one of the toughest divisions in boxing, but he wants to be a role model for kids in St. Louis and around the country. This young man is special. He is a gift from God.”
The Rams scrimmage in a free, open-to-the public practice starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Upon completion, Spagnuolo has arranged for buses to transport the team to Scottrade Center in time to see Alexander fight former World Boxing Association super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik, from Lviv, Ukraine.