St. Louisan Devon Alexander retained his light welterweight titles in a decision that SB Nation Boxing blog Bad Left Hook described as questionable.
But the decision is going to meet some criticism. Bad Left Hook scored it 117-111 for Kotelnik, and everyone scoring along in our live thread had a similar score, all scores for Kotelnik.
It was a fight that was interesting, to say the least. Kotelnik (31-4-1, 13 KO), from my view, was landing consistently harder, cleaner, better shots, timing Alexander all night… Alexander had a horrible time landing clean on Kotelnik the entire fight, but was busier for sure. Much of that energy wound up being completely wasted, realistically, as Alexander wound up huffing and puffing some in the latter stages of the fight…
Alexander (21-0, 13 KO) met the sort of challenge tonight that basically all young fighters meet, no matter how good they are. Kotelnik and his team had an excellent gameplan, and Alexander and his team just didn’t.