Trainer: Devon Alexander's Sparring Partners Are Knockouts
The 23-year-old Alexander (21-0, 13 knockouts), of St. Louis, Mo., and the 27-year-old Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., will meet at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.
Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, the 21-year-old Broner (19-0, 16 knockouts), of Cincinnati, Ohio, earned his 10th straight knockout, and his second consecutive first-round stoppage on Saturday night against 26-year-old John Revish, of Golden Meadow, Louisiana, before Broner's partisan fans at Taft Masonic Temple in Cincinnati.
Revish entered the fight with a record of 10-1-2, that had included eight knockouts, and was riding an 8-0-1 unbeaten streak that had included six stoppages since losing a four-round decision to Jonathan Tubbs in July of 2004.
A Las Vegas resident who is the 23-year-old son of the former world titlist by the same name, Smith (12-2-2, nine KOs) has been on a tear and is coming off of a Jan. 7, first-round stoppage of Jose Gomez at the Cox Pavillion in Las Vegas.
The win was the seventh straight for Smith with five knockouts during that run, and it was Smith's third consecutive knockout win. Smith's last defeat was a first-round knockout loss to Mario Juarez in September of 2007.
"They've been great in sparring. As a matter of fact, Lonnie Smith is almost the exact replica of Tim Bradley in terms of styles," said Alexander's manager and trainer, Kevin Cunningham.
"It's been the perfect sparring and we've gotten exactly what we've needed. Lonnie's the same height, and has the same boxing mannerisms as Tim Bradley," said Cunningham. "They've been awesome and done an awesome job. Those two, in particular, have given us really good sparring. Broner is the top lightweight in Golden Boys' stable."