Lem Satterfield

Mayweather Tweets: Alexander is the front-runner

IBF welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander could be the front runner to land a May 4 clash with WBC counterpart Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, that is, if a message on the five-division, eight-belt champion’s Twitter account is to be believed. 

Coming off last May’s unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto for WBA’s junior middleweight belt, Mayweather (43-0, 26 knockouts) had vowed to return to the ring on May 4, and then, again on Sept. 14.

The May 4 event is, in some way, to include WBC 154-pound beltholder Saul Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) against an opponent to be determined.

The leading candidate to face Alvarez is seemingly to be current WBA counterpart Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs), who is coming off December’s unanimous decision triumph over Cotto.

It was widely believed that a deal was close to have Mayweather face WBC 147-pound interim Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), whose unanimous decision over Andre Berto in November represented his 15th straight win during a run that includes nine stoppages.

In the past, for example, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said that he would work on negotiations for a matchup between Mayweather and Guerrero.

But Mayweather’s latest Tweet contradicts that notion, naming Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) as leading contender to get the fight. 

“The negotiations for my fight are almost done,” states Mayweather’s Twitter account. “The front runner is IBF Champion Devon Alexander. It’d be a unification bout at welterweight.”

Neither Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham, nor Mayweather’s advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, could be reached for an immediate comment.

Alexander, who is 25, is coming off October’s unanimous decision over hard-punching Randall Bailey, and has twice had Showtime-televised scheduled clashes with Englishman Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs) postponed.

Their first bout, slated for Jan. 19, was pushed to Feb. 23 as a result of Brook’s apparent ankle injury. On Monday, Alexander-Brook was postponed, yet again, after Alexander suffered a biceps injury.

A new date for Alexander-Brook has yet to be determined pending the left-hander’s recovery from injury.

 

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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