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ANDRE DIRRELL PREDICTED DEVON ALEXANDER'S DOMINANCE OF MARCOS MAIDANA
Although all but one of the 15 experts polled by RingTV.com chose correctly that former WBC/IBF junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander would vanquish hard-hitting Marcos Maidana last Saturday night, none was as confident as Andre Dirrell.
Dirrell came closest to predicting what ended up being a virtual shutout over 10 rounds, all-but picking Alexander to win the HBO-televised welterweight clash by knockout at the Scottrade Center in Alexander's hometown of St. Louis, Mo.
"I'm picking Devon Alexander to win. I think that, for the most part, Alexander is going to beat Marcos Maidana to the punch for the whole 10 rounds," said Dirrell of Alexander, who won by scores of 100-90, twice, and, 99-91, once.
"But if he applies enough pressure, I think that he has the potential to stop Maidana. If he don't stop Maidana, then I guarantee that he will at least drop him. So I'm going to go with Alexander to win over 10 rounds."
A southpaw boxer-puncher, Alexander rose to 23-1 with 13 knockouts, dropping Maidana to 31-3, with 28 stoppages.
"Wow," said Alexander, upon hearing Dirrell's pick. "He was right on the money, all the way through."
In victory, Alexander rebounded from a series of lackluster performances, having lost his WBC junior welterweight belt following an 11th-round technical decision loss to unbeaten Tim Bradley in January of last year, and escaped with a 10-round decision win over Lucas Matthysse in June.
Prior to facing Bradley, Alexander won a disputed decision over former titleholder Andriy Kotelnik in August of 2009, and blamed extreme weight loss for the efforts against Kotelnik, Bradley and Matthysse.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR ALEXANDER?
Ortiz-Berto II will take place on June 23 at either the MGM Grand in Las Vegas or the Staples Center in Los Angeles, according to Schaefer.
"The only fight that really makes sense is for Devon to fight the winner of Ortiz-Berto. That's the fight we're looking for. Everybody's going to call out Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao," said Cunningham.
"But the realistic goals for us would be the winner of Ortiz-Berto. That's what we want is the winner of that fight. Title or no title. That's a huge fight, and those are the types of fights we're interested in."
Like Alexander, Ortiz is promoted by Golden Promotions. Berto is promoted by Lou DiBella.
"Obviously, Devon had a tremendous performances, and this was not just a win at the 147-pound weight class. Devon made a statement. That statement is that he is certainly that he is a serious threat to anyone at 147. So I'm very happy for Devon. We knew that Devon was a very special fighter, and a very special person, and I think that he showed that on Saturday night to a large, HBO audience, and the people live and in attendance," said Schaefer.
"During the fight, he suffered a pretty nasty cut on his right eyelid, and it was very deep, and it required five stitches. So, I'm going to be following up next week with Kevin Cunningham, his trainer, and going to see what his schedule is and how it looks. The idea would be to have Devon back in late July or August or something like that."
Could Alexander be in line for the winner of Ortiz-Berto II? Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker, Eric Gomez, says he might be.
"Definitely, definitely. Of course. Devon's a player now at 147, so we're going to see what happens. All of the guys at 147," said Gomez. "Any of the champions and any of the top guys at that weight. Alexander is going to be considered for all of the big fights now, so we will see."