Devon Alexander's potential May 18 opponents: Senchenko, Berto, Porter named by Schaefer

Scott Heavey

Richard Schaefer has named Vyacheslav Senchenko, Shawn Porter, and Andre Berto as possible opponents for IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexaner on May 18.

Richard Schaefer says that he is looking at some possible opponents for Devon Alexander on May 18, naming three potential fighters to replace Kell Brook, who pulled out of the fight again with a foot injury:

"There are a few names we are looking at. We were looking at Provodnikov but he is unavailable. We are looking at maybe Senchenko, maybe Shawn Porter, maybe Andre Berto. We are going to see what we can do."

Schaefer also says that he's speaking with the IBF about the fight, as Alexander holds their welterweight title, and says that Kell Brook may have to be removed as mandatory challenger. The fight has been postponed three times now, twice due to Brook, and once because of Alexander.

Vyacheslav Senchenko (33-1, 22 KO) is a former WBA titlist who has been pretty quiet since his big-news win over Ricky Hatton last November. There was talk of him potentially facing Amir Khan, but that fell through when the Khan side couldn't get Senchenko to come down far enough in weight.

Porter (20-0-1, 14 KO) is coming off of a draw against Julio Diaz (who wound up getting the Khan fight), and is currently set to face Phil Lo Greco on the May 18 undercard. That means he's already in training and is ready to go on the date.

Berto (28-2, 22 KO) is the biggest name as far as American TV is considered, and he's got a date with Jesus Soto-Karass set for July 20. Whether or not Berto would want to jump into a tough fight on a month's notice, I have no idea, especially since he's working with a new trainer now.

Porter would probably be the easiest to get into the fight of these three, but all of them are solid fights on this kind of notice.

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