Exclusive Interview: Devon Alexander

By G. Leon


Exclusive Interview: Devon Alexander

On Saturday night undefeated prospect Devon Alexander will face Tommy Ziolkowski for the WBC youth title. Alexander "The Great"-who received his name from yours truly after I got my hands on a tape of a then sixteen year old Alexander putting hands on a then undefeated Olympic Gold Medalist by the name of Mohammad Abdullaev-plans on making it a perfect 9-0 in front of his hometown fans in St. Louis, on the undercard of the Showtime televised Roman Karmazin-Cory Spinks junior middleweight championship fight.

GL: What's good Devon? What's the latest? "Man G, I'm just ready to capture this WBC youth title on Saturday night in my hometown. I'm looking at this at the first of many titles fights for me and I plan on opening up the show before Cory closes it come Saturday night."

GL: What made you decide to fight for the WBC youth title at welterweight instead of junior welterweight your more natural weight class?

Devon Alexander: "The weight really won't make no difference. There was no opening for me to fight for the youth title at 140 and I wasn't going to let a chance to fight for it pass me by. I'm feeling real strong and it's like I said I'm going to do my thing and being able to win my first title in the Lou makes this real special for me."

GL: What do you know about your opponent?

Devon Alexander: "Nothing really, but the way I've been training for the fight I know he's in trouble and I know he's not getting his hand raised."

GL: How many more times do you plan on fighting this year?

DA: "If it was up to me I'd be fighting every week Greg, but I leave my business to my Kevin Cunningham my manager and trainer and DKP."

GL: Do you think Ziolkowski is going the distance?

DA: "I don't really like making no KO predictions. I don't think he's going to go the distance, but my focus is on winning and that's what I'm going to do. I'm looking at this as the first of many times I'm going to be walking out that ring with a belt around my waist."

GL: We'll see a lot more of you on Boxingtalk.com once I arrive in St. Louis, in the meantime is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

DA: "I want to thank Boxingtalk.com for helping to keep my name out there and I want to tell all of the boxing fans in St. Louis to come out early and take a look at how bright the future of St. Louis boxing is."


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