Devon Alexander and Lucas Matthysse have agreed to fight on June 25 in Alexander’s hometown of St. Louis, Richard Schaefer, Matthysse’s promoter, told RingTV.com on Friday afternoon.
Schaefer had just gotten off the phone with Don King, Alexander’s promoter, to finalize the deal.
Alexander is coming off a disappointing performance against Timothy Bradley, who won by a one-sided technical decision after 10 rounds when the then-unbeaten St. Louis native couldn’t continue because of cuts.
Matthysse rebounded from his own setback – a controversial split-decision loss to Zab Judah in November – to stop DeMarcus Corley in eight rounds in January.
“This is a very important fight for both fighters,” Schaefer said. “Devon Alexander is a terrific fighter. He didn’t look like the same fighter against Bradley for whatever reason. I’m not sure why. … The fact is he’s a great young American fight. And Matthysse is one of the most-exciting fighters in the division.
“A win for Alexander puts him back at the top of the 140-pound division. The same is true for Matthysse. They both know what’s at stake.”
Schaefer said the Alexander camp agreed to use neutral officials for the fight.
Matthysee, who is from Argentina but trains in Southern California, believes he was the victim of a hometown decision against Judah and didn’t want to be in the same position against Alexander, who is popular in St. Louis.
“The request was granted. There will be neutral officials,” Schaefer said.