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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Fight in jeopardy for third time

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Devon Alexander's first welterweight title defense against mandatory challenger Kell Brook of England has already been postponed twice. It might be postponed for a third time.

Brook has some sort of unspecified foot injury, but it is not clear if it will keep from participating in the fight, which is scheduled to take place on May 18 (Showtime) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

"Regarding (Brook), he has been receiving some treatment for a foot injury. Will update if any further news," Matchrooom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn, who handles Brook, tweeted on Friday.

The fight was originally scheduled for Jan. 19 in Los Angeles, but Brook (29-0, 19 KOs) suffered an ankle injury and the fight was postponed. It was rescheduled for Feb. 23 in Detroit, but Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) suffered a severely strained right biceps, causing another delay.

And now comes this latest injury.

"Can you believe this clown Brook? Devon boxed 10 rounds (Thursday) and is looking sharp. He's ready to go May 18th, with Brook or without him," said Kevin Cunningham, Alexander's trainer and manager. "I'm keeping Devon focused on fighting May 18th. If Brook's not ready it's time to move on to the next available (contender)."

Indeed, if Brook drops out of the bout, Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer, who handles Alexander, told ESPN.com that Alexander will still fight on the card, which is headlined by the Lamont Peterson-Lucas Matthysse welterweight bout.

"Don't know for sure (what's wrong with Brook). He complained about issues with his foot and is going to see a specialist on Monday, but Devon will stay on. If necessary, against somebody else," Schaefer said.

Alexander, a former junior welterweight titlist from St. Louis, won a welterweight title with a unanimous decision against Randall Bailey on Oct. 20 in New York. The fight was on the same day that Brook knocked out Hector Saldivia in the third round in England to become the mandatory challenger.