Devon Alexander vs Kell Brook World Boxing Title Fight Set
By Special to Doghouse Boxing (Jan 30, 2013)
MI, January 30 - On Saturday, February 23, world championship boxing
returns to the Motor City when Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather
Promotions present an evening of world championship action at The Masonic Temple Theatre which will feature Three-Time and Two-Division World Champion Devon Alexander "The Great" defending his IBF Welterweight World Championship against British star and number one rated IBF welterweight contender Kell Brook in a fight that will be televised live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The co-main event of the February 23 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader will see Detroit's own Cornelius "K9" Bundrage defending his IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship against Las Vegas' Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith.
Also featured will be an all-Michigan battle as unbeaten Detroit prospect J'Leon Love takes on former World Champion Bronco McKart of Monroe in a 10-round middleweight bout which will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME®(7 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
is going to be a big year for my career and I'm going to get it started
right in an exciting fashion against Kell Brook," said Alexander. "I
worked extremely hard to win my title and I'm not giving it away to
anyone. This will be a statement-making fight for me."
is the biggest night of my life," said Brook. "When I turned up at the
Wincobank Gym in Sheffield as a nine year old, this was what I dreamed
about - boxing for a world title and on February 23, I'll turn that
dream into a reality. I'm in the best physical shape of my life and the
best ever Kell Brook will be in the ring in Detroit and there's no way
that I am coming home without that world title. This is my destiny,
it's just meant to be and there's nothing Devon Alexander can do to stop
thank my Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing me to be able
to defend my title right here in Detroit, in front of all of my family
and friends," said Bundrage. "It's an honor to be able to bring world
championship boxing back to the city of Detroit. I always train hard
and am prepared for what my opponent might show me in the ring. No man
can close doors that GOD has opened. Nothing will be different this
time and it will be a special night of boxing for everyone. I will be
victorious February 23 in Jesus' name."
want to thank Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions for believing
in me and my boxing talents and helping make this dream to fight K9
[Bundrage] for his title a reality," said Smith. "I know he'll have the
hometown advantage, but I'm not worried about that. I'm preparing for
the fight of my life and I feel confident that I'll beat him and become
the new champion."
feels great to be able to fight in Detroit, my hometown and the place
where I learned how to fight," said Love. "I'm excited to show everyone
that I'm on the road to a championship and nothing will stop me from
achieving my lifelong dream. Training and working with Floyd Mayweather
and Mayweather Promotions in Las Vegas has given me another level of
appreciation for hard work and determination."
am grateful for the opportunity to fight in Detroit one more time,"
said McKart. "I've had a long and great career and still feel
comfortable fighting for pride and glory. J'Leon Love is a young and
exciting fighter from this area too, but I feel that my experience will
be too much for him to handle and that I'll be victorious on February
23. I hope everyone in and around Detroit will come out and support
this great night of boxing."
Alexander and Kell Brook have been waiting to take care of business in
the ring and we're going to the fighting city of Detroit for them to
settle the score in one of the biggest fights of early 2013," said
President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya. "Plus, Detroit's
own 'K9' Bundrage is back in his hometown to take on longtime contender
Ishe Smith in an important showdown for both men. We also have 'The
Battle for Michigan' when J'Leon Love takes on his toughest test to date
in Bronco McKart. It's a can't miss night for Detroit sports fans"
is an exciting opportunity for Mayweather Promotions and everyone knows
Floyd Mayweather is from the great state of Michigan too," said CEO of
Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe. "Detroit is tremendously
important to boxing and we are excited to add to its history on February
23. In addition we feel extremely confident that our fighters, Ishe
Smith and J'Leon Love, another Michigan man, will come away with
victories, setting them both up for much bigger things in the near
fans are in for a real treat when Devon and Kell meet as they are two
of the best 147 pounders in the business," said Eddie Hearn Managing
Director of Matchroom Boxing. "Kell Brook is a special talent and has
dreamt about this moment since he first laced up those gloves. He has
trained like a man possessed and he is coming to America to make a huge
statement and bring that title back to Britain."
are looking forward to another great night of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP
BOXING featuring two world title fights in the boxing-rich city of
Detroit," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General
Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "The event will showcase one of the most
talented 147-pound fighters in the world, Devon Alexander, and the U.S.
television debut of U.K. star Kell Brook as well as exciting undercard
exciting evening of world championship boxing is presented by Golden
Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions in association with Matchroom
Boxing and is sponsored by Corona, AT&T and MGM Grand Detroit. The
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at
9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with preliminary fights to
air live on SHOWTIME Extreme at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West
priced at $200, $125, $100, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes,
fees and services charges are on sale now and are available for purchase
at the Masonic Temple box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000.
technical wizard with speed and finesse in the ring, St. Louis' Devon
Alexander (24-1, 13 KO's) is a master boxer who has already won world
titles in two divisions despite being only 25 years old. Alexander is
the former IBF and WBC world title holder at 140 pounds, with wins over Lucas Matthysse, Juan Urango and Junior Witter to his name. In 2012, "The Great" made his move to welterweight and by
the time he was finished defeating former World Champions Marcos Maidana and Randall Bailey, he was crowned the IBF Welterweight World Champion. On February 23, he makes the first defense of his new crown.
latest unbeaten sensation, the popular Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO's) has
mowed past all opposition placed in front of him over the last eight
years. After winning the British WBO intercontinental and IBF
international welterweight titles, he's ready for his close-up on the
world stage. With 2012 wins over Matthew Hatton, Carson Jones and Hector Saldivia,
the talented 26-year-old from Sheffield has proven he has the talent,
style and determination to justify his number one rating.
"K9" Bundrage (32-4, 19 KO's) turned professional in 1995, but it
wasn't until 2006 that he got the opportunity to introduce himself to
the world as a member of the cast of NBC's hit boxing reality show "The
Contender." On the show, Bundrage won two fights before a controversial
loss to Steve Forbes in the semifinals. However, he was
undeterred and went back to the gym and began building his
post-Contender career. On August 7, 2010, he scored a fifth round
technical knockout win over Cory Spinks to win the IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship. He has since defended his title with rematch wins over Sechew Powell and Spinks and now looks to take out Ishe Smith on February 23.
Las Vegas' Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith (24-5, 11 KO's) has battled the best for years, scoring wins over the likes of Randall Bailey, Alfonso Gomez, David Estrada and Pawel Wolak.
Another cast member on the first season of "The Contender", the
34-year-old Smith captivated the nation in and out of the ring. After
decision losses at middleweight to top contenders Danny Jacobs and Fernando Guerrero, Smith has run off three straight wins, proving that at 154 pounds, he is a dangerous force to be reckoned with.
J'Leon Love (14-0, 8 KO's) took his game to the next level in 2012,
going five for five with two knockouts, two dominant decisions and a
disqualification win. How will the 25-year-old former amateur star top
that in 2013? Odds are that he will find a way with his ever-expanding
skill set and exciting style, both of which will be on display on
February 23 against former World Champion Bronco McKart.
Now in his 21st year as a professional, Monroe, Michigan's Bronco McKart (54-10-1, 32
KO's) has forgotten more than most fighters know about world-class
boxing. The 41-year-old former WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion
has battled the likes of Winky Wright (three times), Raul Marquez, Roman Karmazin, Kelly Pavlik and Travis Simms over the course of his career. With wins in three of his last four
fights, McKart is ready for his battle for Michigan pride against Love.
historic Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit was dedicated on November
25, 1926. With 1,037 rooms and 550,000 square feet, and built to house
numerous fraternal organizations, it is the largest structure of its
kind in the world. This amazing Gothic building was constructed between
1920 and 1926 at a cost of $7 million. George Washington's own working
tools were used to spread the first mortar for the
cornerstone. Washington, who was a Freemason used these same tools to
lay the cornerstone
of the Capitol building in Washington DC.
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