St. Louisan Devon Alexander continues his professional boxing comeback when he takes on Andre Berto on Saturday, August 4 in a battle of former world champions.
The two welterweights will battle at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York in a scheduled 12-round bout in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card. The event will be televised on Fox Sports at 6:30 p.m. (St. Louis time).
Alexander, 31, will come into the bout with a record of 27-4-1 with 14 knockouts. He was a former world champion in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions.
This will be Alexander’s second fight after a two-year layoff from the sport. In his first fight back, he fought former world champion Victor Ortiz to a 12-round draw in a battle that Alexander clearly appeared to have the upper hand.
Berto, 34, is also a former world welterweight champion who is on the comeback trail. He is currently 31-5 with 24 knockouts. This will be his first fight in more than a year. He once fought the great Floyd Mayweather for the world title in 2015, losing in a decision.
This fight is clearly a crossroads bout for both fighters as they look to battle their way back into contention in what is a very deep and talented welterweight division. Alexander is really looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity.
“I’m very excited about this fight,” said Alexander to ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael. “Berto and I have a history going back to the amateurs. I know him very well, but we’ve never fought. I have to show that I’m still one of the best in a stacked division. This is all business for me because at this point in my career, I’m approaching every fight as if it’s my last. This is prime time for me.”
Best of luck to Devon “The Great” Alexander in his comeback. We will be watching.
Mario McKinney shines at Peach Jam
Vashon High basketball standout Mario McKinney enjoyed an excellent performance at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, which is the top summer grassroots tournament in the country. Playing for the Brad Beal Elite 17U team, McKinney was selected to the Peach Jam All-Breakout team after averaging 17 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in five games.
McKinney had a high game of 27 points in a victory over the New York Lightning. He also had 17 points and eight rebounds in a victory over Team Why Not. He is one of the top returning players in the St. Louis area with scholarship offers from several top-level Division I programs. McKinney will return for his senior year to lead a Vashon team that will be one of the most talented in the Midwest region.
Summer Track Season concludes at Nationals
The top young track and field athletes in the St. Louis metro area will be travelling around the country to compete in national competitions. The USATF Hershey Junior Olympics takes place this week at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. Area athletes will also be headed to Des Moines, Iowa to compete at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics, which will take place from July 27-August 3 at Drake University.