Devon Alexander to Tim Bradley: 'Stop Being a Chicken'
A scheduled July 17 HBO bout between 26-year-olds, Tim Bradley (25-0, 11 knockouts), the WBO champion, from Palm Springs, Calif. and Argentinian WBA interim titlist, Marcos Rene Maidana (28-1, 27 KOs), is off because of a back injury suffered by Maidana.
Nicknamed "The Desert Storm," Bradley (pictured above, on the right) is coming off December's 12-round, unanimous decision victory over 26-year-old Lamont Peterson (28-1, 14 KOs), of Washington, D.C., against whom Bradley won virtually every round. Nicknamed, "The Great," Alexander (pitcured above, on the left) is coming off of last month's eighth-round knockout of then-IBF champion, Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs).
FanHouse spoke to Alexander concerning the proximity of the dates, the prospect of facing Bradley in this Q&A.
FanHouse: How are you feeling nowadays, Devon?
Devon Alexander: I'm feeling pretty good in the position I'm in right now. Like everybody says, I'm arguably the best 140-pounder in the world. I'm in a good position. I've got two of the main belts in the division, so I'm sitting pretty good. My career is going excellently. I'm 20-0, and I'm 23 years old. I'm the youngest champion out there.
The sky is the limit for me. I'm just trying to get the best fights and the best people in the ring with me and for the fans to come out and to support me.
How do you describe your style?
Well, my style is that I don't have a particular style because I think that I can do it all. If I need to sit there and fight and bang with you, then I can do that if I'm supposed to do that. That's what I'm going to do. If I'm supposed to box you and use savvy and combinations, then that's what I'm going to do.
If I've got to do certain other things, then that's what I'm going to do. I can adjust to anything. So I don't have a certain style.
What did you get out of watching this past weekend's Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley fight?
It was amazing. People say Black fighters can't draw, so it was good to see two, African American fighters come together and put on a big, huge mega fight. I think that they're going to do $2 million buys. It was amazing and encouraging for me to see that.
In the past couple of years, the word is that Black fighters can't draw, so that was pretty good. I've been hearing that for a long time about Black fighters.
When do you feel that you will be ready for the biggest fights of your career?
I've been at this since I was seven years old, and I watched [world champion] Corey Spinks come from nothing to something. It's amazing for me to be in this position. But I'm definitely ready to, you know, fight the best out there. I don't have to wait. I think that my skills speak for themselves.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still learning. In boxing, you never learn everything and you never can stop learning. So I'm still learning, and I'm still trying to progress in my craft. So, I mean, I'm ready for whatever they put in front of me, because I've shown the boxing world that I can adjust to any fight.
How do you mean?
Like with the Junior Witter fight, he was awkward, and he was moving a lot. But I knew that I had to press him and to come forward. With Juan Urango, I had to box a little bit because he was a brawler who had never been stopped. We knew that he was going to come out and just try to knock my head off.
I can change it up and do whatever, so, I'm ready for whoever.
Are you ready for Tim Bradley?
I don't care who I fight. But I want to fight Tim Bradley in my next fight if that's possible because I think that that's what the fans want to see. Both of us are the best, 140-pounders in the world. Some people say that he's the best, and some people say that I'm the best.
Why do you believe that you're better than Tim Bradley?
They say that he's the best because he beat a couple of guys, like Lamont Peterson, who hasn't fought the top prospects out there. Lamont Peterson hasn't fought anybody really besides Timothy Bradley, who was his toughest competition. That's why Timothy Bradley was able to get in there and do what he did.
He beat Nate Campbell, who was washed up and past his prime. He was slow. You can't even count that fight because it was later ruled a no-contest. He fought Kendall Holt, who has the punch, but I don't think he has enough heart and Kendall still dropped him twice.
He has an okay resume, but I think that my resume is much, much better. He hasn't fought anybody when he was up-and-coming. Like I fought DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley (one of the few fighters to actually hurt Floyd Mayweather). He hasn't fought a Juan Urango.
Bradley hasn't been in a fight with somebody who has the same ability as he does, the same skill and the same heart. And I think that's what he's worried about and that's why he's not too interested in taking the fight right now.
Do you see any irony in the fact that Tim Bradley came over from Showtime, where he was sort of the odd-man out with all the main, 140-pounders being on HBO, and his two fights with Luis Carlos Abregu and now Maidana did not happen, and now, you and Bradley have dates that are open within relative proximity to each other?
Let me tell you, it's up to Tim Bradley. Tim Bradley knows what I want to do. He knows me from the amateurs. I feel that he thinks that he's going to lose, so that he wants to cash out when he fights me. He keeps saying that he wants a mega fight with me, and all of that type of stuff.
But he keeps on passing me up. I don't care who I fight. I can change it up and do whatever, so, I'm ready for whoever. But Bradley keeps saying that he wants to wait and all of that stuff. What are you waiting for? Why don't we just go in there and settle the score and give the fans what they want?
Thomas Hearns was 22 years old when he fought the biggest fight of his career against a 25-year-old Sugar Ray Leonard. Do you feel that in some ways, a potential fight between yourself and Bradley might harken back to Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns, given that they were fighting in the primes of their careers, Leonard was the WBC welterweight (147 pounds) champion with a record of 30-1, with 21 KOs; and Hearns was the WBA champion, and had a record of 32-0, with 30 KOs?
A lot of people are saying that we do need to wait, but it depends. If the fight happens in a couple of months, it would be good. If it happens in a few more months than that, it will still be good Either way, it's going to be a big fight because everybody wants to see me and Timothy Bradley fight each other. Either way, it's going to be big.
What would you say to Tim Bradley if you and he were alone, and you could try to sell him on fighting you next?
I would tell him that if he thinks that he's the best, like he's been saying, then, now, here I am. He's been saying that I'm not the biggest draw when I only had one belt. So now that I have two belts, then it seems like he still doesn't want to fight me, saying that he wants to make it a mega fight.
Stop being a chicken and go ahead and get into the ring and show me what you can do and show the fans what they want to see.