Devon Alexander returns to The Great as Marcos Maidana gets dominated, welterweight division unearths another star

26 Feb

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

The talent-rich welterweight division just got even more saturated as Devon Alexander, criticised for three straight underwhelming performances at super lightweight, outboxed, outclassed and even out-hustled the fierce power-punching Marcos Maidana for each and every round of their entertaining 147lb bash at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri on Saturday, February 25.

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Stone’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Alexander
10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Maidana
9 9 9
9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Official verdict: Alexander wins unanimous decision (100-90 x 2 and 99-91).

Alexander outboxed Maidana in the opening round as he circled Maidana, who attempted to make himself a small target when Alexander unleashed one-twos and one-two-threes. While the Argentinean came out firing in the second round, it was the home fighter who was connecting with the cleaner shots with two punches connecting flush in swift succession while, later, the right cross attached to the introductory southpaw jab also confounded El Chino.

In the third, tones of a brawl began to hang over the contest like an ominous cloud that was, before the fight began, adjudged to have been a style tactic Alexander would not feel comfortable with and, even though he was cut to the outside of Devon’s eye, he closed the stanza well as he coped well with Maidana’s bigger punches but, crucially, fired back with as good – if not better – than he got.

At the start of the fourth, both fighters exchanged lowblows yet the illegal shots went unnoticed by referee Steve Smoger. Traditionally famed for his boxer-punching capabilities at super lightweight, the welterweight transition appeared to have heightened Alexander’s power as there was enhanced pop in his right jab, overhand left, right hook and all these punches, combined with the bodywork, had a clear effect on Maidana.

When Maidana went to throw in the fifth, Alexander would counter with a right, a body shot, a left cross… he was sharp-shooting, connecting with damaging shots and, throughout the entirety of the first half of the contest, looked exquisite. Maidana had been felled with a body shot by Amir Khan during their 2010 classic and, perhaps with this in mind, the methodical beating to the body continued in the sixth. Alexander’s superiority was punctuated with a legitimate knock down from a straight shot to the head but Smoger ruled the droppage a result of a slip, much to the crowd’s chagrin.

In round seven, Maidana slowed considerably… so much so, that Alexander was able to pick the pace up further, land a combination consisting of four to five punches, without anything coming in return from the blue corner fighter.

An inside battle erupted in the eighth with Maidana focusing on uppercuts while Alexander insisted on hooks. A body punch from Alexander was the catalyst for a flurry that troubled Maidana and, moments later, had backed himself into a corner, spoiled and received an Alexander forearm pressed into his face before Smoger separated the increasingly rough pugilists.

Alexander’s speed and sheer volume of work prevented Maidana from really letting his fists go in the contest’s penultimate round and, with Maidana so convincingly behind on the scorecards, required a Hollywood finish if he wanted to boost his win record.

In round ten, Alexander popped the one-two and the three punch combo with such speed and accuracy that, again, Maidana’s own attack was inhibited because he was so focused on keeping himself protected. Following a four shot flurry, he’d clinch, which again denied Maidana from throwing. It was, very much, punch perfection from Alexander who, at welterweight, boxed in a far more convincing manner than he had in his final three bouts at super lightweight.

Speaking to HBO: World Championship Boxing after his breakout display in his new weight class, Alexander said: “Me and my coach returned to the drawing board… we were doing the weight wrong, I was fighting 140 since I was 15-years-old. We now got the weight sorted.”

As convincing as a 100-90 scorecard is over ten threes, the margin of victory could have been even greater had the knockdown been scored by the referee: “That was a knockdown, it was a clean shot,” Alexander stated. “My power is there at 147. It don’t matter who’s next.”

Maidana, meanwhile, tipped his cap to Alexander but hinted that the voyage to welterweight weakened his strongest assets: “He’s very fast, a leftie, we’re not in my division but I did what I could.”

With the win, Alexander rose to 23-1-0, 13ko while Maidana dropped to 31-3-0, 28ko in defeat.

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