It’s been 10 months since we last saw Devon “The Great” Alexander in a boxing ring, suffering the worst loss of his solid career to Amir Khan.
After getting thoroughly outclassed and receiving a nice beat down at the hands of Khan, Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) is returning to the ring Wednesday night to take on battle-tested Mexican Aron Martinez (19-4-1, 4 KOs). For Alexander, who has lost two of his last three fights, this fight is about showing the boxing world he has learned from his mistakes and has improved as a fighter.
“This camp has been all about getting things right. I had to make sure my mentality was right. Losing is not an option anymore,” Alexander said. “In my loss to Amir (Khan), it wasn’t anything that he necessarily did to make me lose. All the losses that I’ve had I think I could have just as easily won those fights. This is a mental game, and I wasn’t there mentally for those fights.”
Alexander and Martinez will be the headlining bout on the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN fight card at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
With so many rising superstars in the welterweight division, a dominant win by Alexander could set him up for several big money fights down the road and even some potential title fights. But first he must get by Martinez, who has proven himself in the past to be an underdog with bite.
In his last match against heavy favorite Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, Martinez scored a knockdown late in the fourth round with hard body shots to drop Guerrero for only the second time in his career. Martinez ultimately lost by a controversial split decision.
“I haven’t met one single person who didn’t think I won the Robert Guerrero fight, but that’s the past,” Martinez said. “I believe I beat him, but it’s boxing and I’m ready to fight a way different type of fighter.”
Despite the loss, the veteran put everyone in the welterweight division on notice that he won’t be an easily win for whomever steps in the ring with him. It will be interesting to see if he can mix it up with a refocused Alexander like he did against Guerrero to produce a crowd-pleasing fight.
“I know Aron Martinez is going to come to fight. He knows my record and that I’ve beaten some of the best,” Alexander said. “So he knows it’s going to be tough for him, and I’m sure he’ll bring his best into the ring with him, but it’s not going to be enough. When I’m focused like this nobody can beat me.”