Devon Alexander vs Andreas Kotelnik
WBC and IBF light-welterweight champion Devon Alexander will defend his
titles against former champion Andreas Kotelnik on Aug. 7 in St. Louis. This
match has been in the making for a long time, and it is nice to see these
to boxers finally get their day in the ring, boxing betting has been eagerly
awaiting this matchup.
Boxing promoter Don King was in Lviv, Kotelnik's hometown, for the
contract signing Tuesday. When Don King does something, all the boxing
betting community takes notice.
"He has a great camaraderie with the people here," King said. "I said, 'You
are part of this community, and they are all looking up to you. You got
to reach out there and get these two titles and bring back the fame and
acclaim and applause to your community.' "
King said it took a while to get the Ukrainian Kotelnik to agree to the fight
against the American champion. But since we all know Don King is one of
the most persuasive boxing promoters in the world this fight was destined
to happen, much to the delight of boxing betting everywhere.
"We stayed up for a straight 24 hours talking about all the different things,
and he had his lawyers," King said. King knows this fight is a great payday
for Kotelnik, and if he manages the underdog victory he will be lining
himself up for another big payday.
The 32-year-old Kotelnik, a 2000 Olympic silver medalist, won the WBA
light-welterweight title in March 2008 by beating Gavin Rees. He had two
successful defenses, outpointing Norio Kimura and Marcos Rene Maidana,
but lost the title to Amir Khan in July 2009.
The contract signed Tuesday holds Kotelnik to six fights in the next three
Fighting Kotelnik will be a good test for Alexander, he might eventually win
but it won't be easy. Some fans do believe Alexander is all of that, but
that exactly what they first thought about Pavlik. Alexander will only prove
himself among the best if he take care of whoever is brought to fight him,
and Kotelnik is not a walk on the park and Alexander should take hi