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Trainer Cunningham touts Alexander's resume
Trainer Kevin Cunningham on Devon Alexander: "I'll be sitting down with Al [Haymon] to figure out what the next move is, but if we have to fight our mandatory, which is [Kell] Brook? No problem, and that's basically me letting the IBF know."
RingTV.com caught up to trainer Kevin Cunningham in the wake of Saturday night's unanimous decision win by former IBF and WBC junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander, who dethroned hard-hitting Randall Bailey as IBF welterweight beltholder at Barclays Center on Showtime.
The victory was the third straight for the 25-year-old Alexander (24-1, 13 knockouts), who was coming off consecutive wins over heavy-handed Argentines Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana by split- and unanimous decision, respectively, in June and February.
Alexander has not lost since January of last year, when he suffered an 11th-round technical decision loss to unbeaten Tim Bradley, whose controversial split-decision dethroned Manny Pacquiao as WBO 147-pound beltholder.
Prior to facing Bradley, Alexander won a disputed decision over former titleholder Andriy Kotelnik -- who already had vanquished Maidana -- in August of 2010. Earlier, Alexander's eighth-round knockout of Junior Witter earned the WBC's vacant 140-pound title in August of 2009.
Alexander blamed extreme weight loss for the dull efforts against Kotelnik, Bradley and Matthysse, and debuted as a welterweight with the triumph over Maidana.
Urango and Witter were stopped for the first time in their careers by Alexander, whom Cunningham points out has been more energetic and dominant at 147 pounds, in terms of rounds won.
Alexander's mandatory challenger is England's Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs), who is coming off Saturday night's third-round stoppage of Hector Saldivia.
Cunningham spoke to RingTV.com regarding Alexander's past, his win over Bailey, and a potential bout with Brook
We're firm believers that if you're going to consider yourself one of the best fighters in the game, then you have to fight elite fighters, and Devon's resume is full of elite fighters. That resume is like murderer's row.
The guys that are considered knockout artists, you know, we beat them also. So all we can do is continue to stay focused and to keep fighting the best fighters out there and to keep winning. That's all we're focused on.
We fought Matthysse in a suburb called St. Paul's, Mo., so that was about 30 miles outside of St. Louis. But it would be great to come home and to fight a showcase fight there.
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