Lem Satterfield

Video: Trainer: Alexander ‘ready to go’ for Porter


BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Trainer Kevin Cunningham has declared IBF welterweight beltholder Devon Alexander “ready to go” for Saturday’s title defense against Shawn Porter at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Showtime, and he has offered a video of the southpaw’s final sparring session as proof.

Click here for the video of Alexander sparring [Warning: explicit lanquage.]

Alexander (25-1, 14 knockouts) will be after his fifth straight victory against Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) since falling to current WBO 147-pound beltholder Tim Bradley by 10th-round technical decision in January of 2011.

In his last fight in May, Alexander scored a seventh-round stoppage of Lee Purdy.

“That was on Saturday. The last day of sparring,” said Cunningham of Alexander, who trained for nine weeks in preparation for Porter.

“This shows that we had a tremendous training camp, and we just put the finishing touches on a nice sparring session, and we’re ready to go.”

Porter is coming off September’s unanimous decision over ex-beltholder Julio Diaz that made up for the draw they had in December of 2012. In between, Diaz dropped Khan in the fourth round of a unanimous decision loss in April.

Alexander-Porter is part of a card headlined by native Brooklynites in former junior welterweight and welterweight titleholders Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah.


Photo courtesy of Kevin Cunningham

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

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