Devon Alexander Vs Andriy Kotelnik
Written by Alexander Zammit
Friday, 06 August 2010 01:07
Junior Welterweights - 12 Rounds
Saturday 7th August
Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
The main event in St. Louis will feature Devon Alexander IBF/WBC light welterweight champion in his home town (20-0, 13 KO) facing challenger 32-year-old Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnik former WBA Light Welterweight champion (31-3-1, 13 KO) for the 140-pound title belts. Alexander, 23, has captured the crown as St. Louis' most popular pro boxer as we are in what appear to be the waning days of Cory Spinks' career as a top-flight contender. Alexander fights in a more exciting style than former stablemate Spinks ever has.
Kotelnik on the other hand is a good veteran boxer who makes few mistakes, but he also is not an exceptionally fighter. He is middle of the road at best, his hand speed is nothing to worry about, however he does have good footwork and his defense is solid but not impenetrable. The last time he was in the ring, he was overwhelmed by the longer, taller, much faster, much younger Amir Khan in July 2009, so it's also been over a year since he was in the ring for a fight, and he's coming back to take on a very tough challenge in an attempt to mix it in again in the 140 pound division.
This isn’t the fight that boxing fans wanted to see. They wanted to see Alexander face either WBA junior middleweight champion Amir Khan or WBO junior middleweight title holder Timothy Bradley. But since neither Khan nor Bradley was in position to fight Alexander, he has to settle for fighting Kotelnik.
Kotelnik is credible and no push over, he may even go the distance but the odds are stacked against him.
Hopefully we will see the Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander clash sometime this coming January and that is something to look forward to.