Former two division world champion Devon Alexander (25-2, 14 KO’s) will be back in the ring this month on June 21st against the tough Mexican warrior Jesus Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The fight will be televised by Showtime, and it’ll be the first time the 27-year-old Alexander has fought since he lost his IBF 147-pound title to Shawn Porter last December in a 12 round decision defeat.
Alexander wants to put that defeat behind him and continue pushing forward for either a rematch against Porter or a shot at someone else for a world title. There’s also a chance that Porter could get beaten in his upcoming defense of his title against Kell Brook; at which point Alexander would then be targeting Brook to get a title shot against him in order to win back his IBF welterweight title,
“Every time I beat these guys, there is always some type of excuse,” said Alexander via RingTV. “You know, I was holding too much, or it was too close of a fight. There is always a question when I get a victory as far as how I beat them or something like that, and, to be honest, I haven’t really sat down and said, ‘I beat this guy,’ and, I haven’t really enjoyed it because I’ve got so much negativity coming back. I try not to worry about that.”
The criticism that Alexander has received in the past has centered on his defeats of Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse. Alexander clinched constantly in his win over Maidana in February of 2012, and many boxing fans felt that Alexander clinched far too much in that fight and should have had points taken away due to it keeping Maidana from being able to throw his shots. In Alexander’s 10 round split decision win over Matthysse in 2011, Alexander appeared to lose the fight in the eyes of many boxing fans. The fight took place in Alexander’s home state of Missouri and a lot of fans thought he got a hometown decision in that fight.
Alexander is going to need to be able to handle the pressure that the 31-year-old Soto Karass will be putting on him on June 21st, because it’s very likely that he’s going to be looking to take a page out of the playbook used by Porter in order to try and beat Alexander.
Soto Karass lost his last fight to Keith Thurman last December by a 9th round stoppage, so this fight against Alexander is very important for his career. He can’t afford to lose.