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Fight week continues on The Rise To The Top!

Today’s guest, Devon Alexander, will be the main event on HBO Boxing on June 25th live from St. Louis, Missouri.

It is going to be a big night on Saturday, June 25th at the Family Arena in St. Charles (St. Louis, Missouri). HBO Boxing After Dark returns to town for an amazing card. The two featured fights are going to be fantastic. I’m looking forward to being there and you should come out as well.

The main event features St. Louis native Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-1 13 KO’s) vs. Lucas Matthysse (28-1 KO’s). This will be one to watch with Devon looking to avenge the first loss of his professional career.

About Today’s Guest, Devon Alexander:

Devon AlexanderDevon grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis, in an area described as downtrodden, rough, gang- and drug-infested. He joined the boxing gym that Kevin Cunningham, a former police officer turned trainer, founded in the basement of an old police station.

Devon had an outstanding amateur career, compiling a record of 300-10 under the tutelage of Cunningham. He was a four-time Silver Gloves champion from ages 10–14; three-time PAL national champion; Junior Golden Gloves and Junior Olympics national champion; 2003 United States national champion in the 19-and-under division; and 2004 United States light welterweight national champion. He made it to the final round of the 2004 Olympic trials, where he battled Rock Allen to a draw and was knocked down once before losing on a tie-breaker.

At age 17, Devon made his professional debut, defeating Vincent Torres by first round technical knockout in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. He was victorious in his second pro fight against Karl Hunter on February 5, 2005. Alexander defeated Donovan Castaneda by unanimous decision in front of 22,370 spectators, the second-largest crowd in history to witness a boxing event in an indoor arena at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Alexander’s mentor, Cory Spinks, headlined the card opposing Zab Judah.

To read more about Devon’s professional career, check out his Wikipedia page.

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