Devon Alexander will be back on August 18, and has moved to Showtime after signing with Al Haymon. (Photo by Jeff Curry/US PRESSWIRE)
Devon Alexander has signed with manager/adviser/promoter/whatever Al Haymon, which explains his move to Showtime for his next fight on August 18, since Haymon has Showtime in his back pocket or they have him in theirs, or whatever the hell's going on over at Haymontime.
No opponent has been named, but trainer Kevin Cunningham is serving as usual as Devon's mouthpiece with the media, and took a shot at Kell Brook, who is fighting on July 7 in the UK, and tried to make a fight with Alexander.
"I don't even know who Kell Brook is? Who is Kell Brook? Has he ever fought on ESPN before? I've never seen him fight," Cunningham said.
Hopefully he's just exaggerating since he's the guy who talks trash at Team Alexander, since Devon doesn't seem to have a mean bone in his body, because if he really doesn't know who Kell Brook is, well, that's just being poorly informed, and reflects a lot worse on Cunningham than it would on Brook. Shit, I know who Brook is. Why wouldn't Kevin Cunningham? (Obviously he's exaggerating, I realize. I'm just going on about nothing. It's a blog about nothing.)
Cunningham also says they're looking for a "solid" opponent for Devon on August 18, and I have no idea what that might mean. The welterweight division is not exactly overflowing with guys who would be "solid" tests for Alexander. I mean, there's pretty much the top guys, and then there's the next tier, and then there's about 20 riff-raffers all about the same level and pretty clearly a notch below Devon Alexander.
Cunningham notes Alexander's record, and we said the same thing before he fought Maidana: There is no questioning the schedule Alexander has kept. He hasn't fought a weak opponent in years. Hopefully signing with Haymon and going over to the clear B-network, which gives special treatment to special fighters these days, won't see him move away from the most honest to God respectable thing about his career, which is his willingness to fight anyone.