Devon Alexander was favored to retain his IBF welterweight title last night against Shawn Porter, but Porter didn't get the memo, outfighting Alexander over 12 rounds to pull the upset and win his first world title.
For Alexander (25-2, 14 KO), it's a major setback that not only puts him out of the race to potentially fight Floyd Mayweather, but puts him back to the drawing board, period.
"I'm disappointed. I didn't do what I was supposed to do," Alexander said. 'I didn't follow the game plan. He was rushing in and I didn't capitalize on that. And that's what we had planned on."
It seemed early that Alexander may have been trying to do more than normal offensively in order to look exciting and make his case to face Floyd on May 3, which gave Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO) openings that he capitalized on, hurting Alexander repeatedly early on. Devon was simply never able to get into a rhythm, and Porter made his opportunity count.