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.
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.”
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.
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