Devon Alexander K.O.'s Juan Urango; Next Fight Could Be In St. Louis Says Don King


The champ: Devon Alexander
  • The champ: Devon Alexander
St. Louis boxing phenom Devon Alexander shined Saturday night in his HBO debut. The 23-year-old knocked out Columbian Juan Urango in the eighth round to unify two junior welterweight titles.

Now Alexander's promoter says his next fight could be in St. Louis against Zab Judah -- the boxer who in 2005 stole the welterweight title from Cory Spinks before some 20,000 fans at Scottrade Center.

"We're going back to St. Louis with this young man. He's not a star, he's a superstar," said Don King following the fight.

So how good is Alexander as a fighter? This from ESPN:

What is there not to like about Alexander?

Now he's got two belts and all the talent in the world to go with his speed, skills and a shining smile, not to mention a made-for-TV back story. Of the 30 kids who boxed in trainer Kevin Cunningham's gym in a gang- and drug-infested area of St. Louis, at least eight are dead and at least 10 more served prison time or remain incarcerated.

Related Content: Kevin Cunningham, "The Corner Man"


Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.