By Brian Grammer
Photos: Scott Foster
In Devon Alexander’s toughest test to date, he successfully defended his IBF and WBC junior welterweight titles in a back and forth twelve round unanimous decision. Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) pressured continually throughout the fight and effectively countered Andriy Kotelnik’s (31-4, 13 KOs) power shots.
The champion, who was cut on the right eye in round five, was content to take punishment in order to land his own combinations. Alexander teased Kotelnik throughout the fight by lowering his hands and enticing the Ukrainian to move forward. Neither fighter was in any real danger in the fight and Alexander won 116-112 on all cards.
After the fight, Alexander exclaimed that he is ready for bigger purses and specifically called out Timothy Bradley, while a disappointed Kotelnik felt he was the victim of a hometown decision.
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In a twelve round slugfest that saw both fighters unload their arsenal, Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) successfully defended his IBF light heavyweight championship with a unanimous 12 round decision over tough, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs). Cloud, who promised punches in bunches, delivered as he battered “The Road Warrior” with multi-punch combinations.
In round two Johnson was rocked by a Cloud right hand that seemed to stagger him. Round six had Cloud beating his abs after a Johnson combination as if to say “Bring is on!”. From that point on, Cloud never looked back as he continually beat Johnson to the punch and then built off of that.
The champion’s left eye swelled and eventually was cut by Johnson’s stiff left jabs, but he was never in any real danger as he would wade through Johnson’s punches. Johnson has now lost three of his last six bouts and his last three title fights.
Judges Mike Fitzgerald, Patrick Morely and Fran Bechan all scored the contest 116-112, as did Fightnews.