Weekend Boxing Preview
A few boxing championship titles could change hands this weekend with a pair of title matches on tap at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
The first title fight on the docket is a Light Welterweight bout between champion Devon Alexander and challenger Andriyl Kotelnyk. Alexander owns both the WBC and the IBF Light Welterweight titles. He also owns a prefect pro record in the ring at 20-0 with 13 wins by knockout. With his strong resume it's no surprise that Alexander is a huge favorite at -1000 on the latest odds.
Alexander last stepped into the ring in March when he unified his two titles with a win over former IBF title holder Juan Urango. Alexander won by TKO in the eighth round and became the first fighter to ever finish off Urango with a KO.
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Kotelnyk is a big underdog against Alexander at +600. Kotelnyk is a former WBA Light Welterweight title holder, but gave up the title after a defeat in his last fight. He faced Amir Khan last July and lost by unanimous decision. That snapped an eight-fight undefeated streak for Kotelnyk and dropped his record to 30-3-1 with 13 wins by KO. In this weekend's other title bout current IBF Light Heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud faces former IBF Light Heavyweight champ Glen Johnson. This fight is also a clash between up-and-coming 28-year old Cloud and veteran fighter and 41-year-old Johnson. The young gun is the favorite at -260, while Johnson is a +200 underdog.
Cloud picked up the vacant IBF title in his last bout after defeating Clinton Woods. That fight took place in August 2009 and Cloud won by unanimous decision to sit at 20-0 with 18 wins by KO in his career.
Before Woods went the distance against Cloud no one had lasted to the final bell versus Cloud since 2005. Johnson last held the IBF title in 2004 and he's also a former The Right Light Heavyweight champion. In his last fight in February he defeated Yusef Mack by TKO in the sixth round in a title eliminator.
In his last five fights Johnson is 3-2 with both losses coming against Chad Dawson. His career record stands at 50-13-2 with 34 wins by KO.