Alexander Gets Split Decision
No "Redemption" Evident, Just More Questions
By Bret "the Threat" Newton
Devon Alexander (now
22-1, 13 KO's) wanted to show a lot to the boxing world
after his poor performance over Timothy Bradley earlier
this year. While he did appear in more trouble against
Lucas Matthysse in front of his hometown fans in St.
Charles, Mo., Alexander still didn't show "great", which
was what the card was billed, let alone is his nickname.
Alexander no doubt came out with a new attitude and game
plan to try and capture everyone's attention once again.
Matthysse, however, was able to withstand everything
Alexander had new to offer, but with much more in return
when power came into play. In round 4, Matthysse landed
a straight right hand on the chin that sent Alexander
down for the first time in his career. Alexander
(although continuing to fight this time) had "holding"
as his Plan-B. Alexander would hold for nearly two
rounds straight just to get his bearings back and out of
In round 7, Matthysse
could no longer be held and unleashed his power shots in
a completely one-sided round where Alexander simply
leaned against the ropes. In round 8, Matthysse offered
much of the same, only Alexander was willing to trade
with him this time. Alexander paid the price of being
staggered to the ropes on more than one occasion.
In round 9, Alexander began to keep away, using his jab
and refusing to get into any kind of exchange
whatsoever. Matthysse was unable to get inside.
In the 10th and final
round, both men let their hands go, but it was Matthysse
forcing Alexander to the ropes often and opening up a
cut over Alexander's right eye.
Two judges, however, saw the fight differently and
scored the fight for Alexander at 96-93 and 95-94. The
third judge had it 96-93 for Matthysse which is how it
appeared to go down. Matthysse was booed during his
entrance to the ring, while Alexander was booed by his
own hometown fans after the the scores were announced.
Matthysse takes his second controversial loss at 28-2
with 26 KO's.