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An Interview with Devon Alexander

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Devon Alexander has excelled within the boxing world.

He has defeated many opponents and has proved himself to be a force for years to come. Some of his recent accomplishments include being the former WBC and IBF Light Welterweight champion. He currently sports a 23-1 record with his only loss ruled as a technical decision via the 10th round against Timothy Bradley.  Devon’s accomplishments are incredible.

At the young age of 17, Devon entered the professional boxing world through a local gym owned and operated by Kevin Cunningham. He quickly excelled.

At first, Devon considered boxing as “just something to do to keep [him] busy after school hours.” He wanted nothing to do with the drugs and violence that surrounded his hometown of North St. Louis. However, as he “became good at it, [he] fell in love with it.” It was his love of boxing, his outlook on life and the work of Cunningham that gave Devon a chance to shine through the grime of downtown St. Louis.

His out of the ring sportsmanship is also something to admire. Having not succumbed to the pressures of drugs and the thug life, Devon has remained active in the volunteering world. He “loves to volunteer” and “speak[s] to schools and [at] events.”

Furthermore, Devon also looks forward to coaching and opening up his own Rec center to provide “kids a place to come” and enjoy the same opportunities as he was given.

It is this continuous attitude towards accomplishing that gives Devon an advantage in the ring and on the streets. He has proven himself a force to box against and has also shown his fearless desire to help others through volunteering.  He has shown to be a respectable figure and someone to look up to. His accomplishments in and out of the ring are incredible.

Athletic Supporters appreciates the interview with Devon and hopes to show his humble upbringing as a means for others to do well and stay in the game.

 

ChessBoxing

A popular sport amongst athletes and bookworms alike in London is the new sport called ChessBoxing. The idea here is that the individuals have to push themselves mentally and physically and at the same time. The participants undergo a strenuous physical round of fighting, and then immediately line-up against their competitor to engage in a game of chess.

Imagine competing in a round of boxing, physically exhausted, only to pursue a mind numbing game of chess immediately after. This is the self-proclaimed ‘ultimate experience.’

While the game sounds self-explanatory, the experience is definitely not.

Black and Blue

An apparent black eye is fixed on the world of boxing. This black eye has diminished a once great league and shown the world the downside of greed, corruption and personal gain within sports. Though there is always a brighter say around the corner, this day may not be seen for awhile.

In the meantime, a few boxers are trying to cover the blackness with giving, goodness and community gain. Such athletes as Danny Green, a former Australian IBO Cruiserweight Champion, has turned the frown upside down on the league and has “been raising money for charity by being involved in the prestigious Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race which set sail from Sydney.”

In more recent efforts, DeAndre Latimore and a few prospects have joined Team Fight to Walk. The charity groups mission is to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injuries within the boxing world. Prominent boxers such as Floriano “L’Italiano” Pagliara and Will “Power” Rosinsky have also joined the battle.

Though the black eye is is still apparent, efforts like those described will eventually overcome the greed and money grabbers of the league. Fighters, trainers, promoters and those in charge all have something to contribute. Through repeated good there can only be a positive reaction.

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Officially, boxing started as a match between two men, 3 minute rounds, gloves and a bout until the ‘finish’. The first official fight, credited by many historians, was between James Corbett, also known as ‘Gentleman Jim’, and John L. Sullivan. Though Sullivan was much more impressive in stance, ‘Gentleman Jim’ proved that lofty footwork and supreme hands could overcome a bigger, overpowering man. In the 21st round, James put down Sullivan and proved that skill overcomes.

 

Though there were many bouts before this, this fight opened the door for modern era boxing.

Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish that your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” –Gentleman Jim