Devon Alexander and Lucas Matthysse are negotiating to fight in June in St. Louis, Alexander’s hometown, according matchmaker Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions, Matthysse’s promoter.
The fight would be on HBO, which agreed before he lost toTimothy Bradley last month to showcase Alexander on the network at least one more time.
Gomez said Matthysse is interested in the matchup but has reservations about fighting in Alexander’s hometown, where the former 140-pound titleholder draws large crowds.
The Argentine feels he was robbed when he lost a split decision to Zab Judah in November in Newark, N.J., not far from Judah’s hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Nothing is confirmed yet but, yes, Don King (Alexander’s promoter) has been talking to Richard (Schaefer of Golden Boy),” Gomez said. “Matthysse feels he was screwed against Judah. It was a close fight but he felt he won. Going into this fight, he feels he’ll be at a disadvantage (again).
“And the fight has to be in St. Louis. It’s Alexander’s date, King’s date. That’s something they worked out before the Bradley fight. It’s kind of take it or leave it. So we’ll see.”
Alexander (21-1, 13 knockouts) lost a 10th-round technical decision to Bradley when he couldn’t continue fighting because of a cut.
Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs) bounced back from his disappointment against Judah by stopping veteran DeMarcus Corley in eight rounds last month.