Devon Alexander not so great

Jan 31, 2011 9:02 PM

Accidents happen, which is probably my best shot at picking a winner.

The continual clashing of heads butted into what was already a disappointing fight last weekend, which upset me more than my selection of Devon Alexander proving so false.

This was another in a too-long litany of poor talent judgments. Alexander, with or without Timothy Bradley’s skull closing his eyes, did not live up to my expectations. He’s not the first, and I suspect, won’t be the last.

My cloudy crystal ball may have been discolored by sincere wishes that dubbing young talent as Paul Williams, Chad Dawson and now Alexander as future stars would make it so. The game needs new blood, but not the kind that was dripping from Alexander’s eyes because of inadvertent butting.

Alexander virtually forfeited any chance of winning this long anticipated matchup of undefeated junior welterweight titlists by constantly retreating. The St. Louis southpaw had a good reason, though. Bradley proved to be not only the puncher, but by far the stronger man, especially mentally.

Yes, he used his head.

If Alexander were truly a "hungry" fighter, he might have taken a bite or two out of Bradley’s head, the way Mike Tyson did against another old goat, Evander Holyfield.

Bradley may be an acquired taste. He is a very likeable young man who deserves a high ranking in the mythical pound-for-pound listings. There was a rematch clause in their contracts, but the winner is more than ready to move on to bigger things – and maybe even bigger than another 140-pound young star, Amir Khan.

According to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, there has been talk of Floyd Mayweather Jr. returning to the ring sooner rather than later and Bradley would make a risky re-entry that would captivate most boxing fans.

Frankly, even if Bradley fought Khan, I would be more than satisfied. It would be like boxing’s conference championship with the winner to face either Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao in the sport’s version of the Super Bowl.

Football’s version of the Super Bowl, Steelers vs Packers, is probably a lot better than most matchups we’ve been experiencing over the last year or so. No complaints will be voiced. Besides, I doubt if Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel, scheduled for Feb. 19, will disappoint like Bradley-Alexander.

Before the bad night in Pontiac, there were expressed wishes that this fight could develop into another Hagler-Hearns or even Leonard-Hearns. Butt it was not to be.

The 140-pound division is so rich – let’s not forget such as Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah and possibly Juan Manuel Marquez – that there could be other attempts at greatness. Okay, Alexander might have been a disappointment, but Bradley more than makes up for it and so the future is still brighter than boxing’s immediate past.

And to put things in perspective, remember that most Super Bowls have been disappointing.