Devon Alexander “The Great” dominated WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana to earn a unanimous decision victory in his inaugural performance as a welterweight Saturday night at the Scottrade Center in his hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri.
Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs), a southpaw from the gang and drug-infested Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis, outclassed Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs)to win his second consecutive bout since losing to Timothy Bradley in January 2011.
“Alexander the Great,” a former WBC and IBF light welterweight titlist, told ESPN.com that he enjoyed fighting at a heavier weight.
“We went back to the drawing board and moved up in weight and fixed the problem,” said Alexander, 25. “I want to continue to learn at 147 (http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7616792/devon-alexander-tops-marcos-maidana-10-round-decision).”
Maidana, a tough Argentinean whose only previous defeats came at the hands of Andreas Kotelnik and Amir Khan, admitted the added pounds compromised his style and abilities.
“I was slower,” said Maidana, 28. “He was very fast and complicated.”
Jeff Lyons possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of “The Sweet Science” and he entirely agrees that Maidana needs to return to the light welterweight division.
“Maidana needs to go back to 140,” said Lyons, 32, a resident of South Boston. “It’s simply a better weight for him.”
Marcos Maidana is a very solid pugilist and he should continue to be a presence in the world of boxing for the foreseeable future.
On the contrary, Devon Alexander has an opportunity to become a truly “Great” prizefighter if he remains focused and determined to better his craft.