Devon Alexander, 21-0, 13 KO’s, struggled immensely with Andriy Kotelnik, 31-4-1, 13 KO’s, defending his WBC and IBF Light Welterweight titles by unanimous decision by scores of 116-112 across the board, although some home town cooking might be on display. Kotelnik used timing to beat speed, and although Alexander was more active, Kotelnik was more effective. RSR had it 115-113 for Kotelnik.
Prior to the fight, Max Kellerman announced that Alexander could be the next big pound for pound champion, but off this performance, it’s hard to see that. With the victory, Alexander has called out Timothy Bradley in an interesting showdown. Alexander took a lot of shots from the challenger and if Kotelnik had a punch, he may have won by stoppage and that is what Alexander will have to be weary of in the future should he face a tricky puncher. A win is a win though and he moves on.
Tavoris Cloud, 21-0, 18 KO’s, retained his IBF Light Heavyweight Title with a unanimous decision over grizzled veteran, Glen Johnson, 50-14-2, 34 KO’s, by the scores of 116-112 across the board. Cloud proved that he is a worthy champion and came close to stopping Johnson on several occasions, landing a great left hook right on his temple and jarring him. Johnson had his moments but couldn’t dent the champion, but he did get his attention and outworked him from time to time.
In the end, Johnson was holding on and awaiting the final bell. Although Johnson made weight, he did look softer than usual and his old age may have finally caught up with him, and he clearly lost the fight despite his post fight protest. Cloud moves onward and now claims that his alliance with Don King will make all the difference in his career and being able to acquire fights. He’s probably correct. It was a great showing by a young and rising star in the sport.