Carson, CA- Showtime’s opening bout was an intriguing 10 round bout between Devon Alexander(26-2, 14 KO) and Jesus Soto-Karass(28-10-3, 18 KO). Off the bat, and on paper, this fight seemed to be tailor made for Alexander’s style. We all know the type of fighter and the type of fight that Soto-Karass brings to the table-straight come forward pressure fight. With the boxing skills that Devon possess it was fair to say that, if fought intelligently, Devon could have an easy day at the office. However, we saw a completely different fight evolve in the later rounds.
The first four rounds went as planned, where Devon out boxed, out punched, and out point the slower flat-footed Soto-Karass. In those first four rounds, it was a bit frustrating how slow Karass was. The way he threw his punches-wide and lethargic- just made it seem as if Karass didn’t belong in the ring against a former world champion. But styles make fights, and in the second half of the fight things began to change. Devon, possibly due to the constant stalking and pressure and the here and there punches that where landing, began to slow him down, and Soto-Karass began to pick up the pace a bit more and began to land better punches. It seemed as if Soto-Karass studied Devon’s fight videos during camp and noticed that Devon sometimes fades away in the second half of a fight. It what appeared to be a shutout, soon became an entertaining and competitive fight.
At the end of the 10 rounder bout, Devon was rightfully awarded a unanimous decision victory. Two judges had it a bit too wide, 99-91, where as the other judge had it 97-93 giving Soto-Karass the credit well deserved. The way how this fight evolved, boxing fans can’t really protest the decision since the right man won, however, those two judges need to revisit their rule book and realize that body shots are worthy of winning points, too.
Unfortunately for the fan favorite, Jesus Soto-Karass, this is his back to back lost and because of his age(31), many boxing fans will begin to demand retirement. Soto-Karass, during the post fight interview, seemed in good spirits and stated,”retirement in not in my mind.” In a way this is a good thing, since he didn’t get man-handled and it seems that he might have 3 to 4 more fights under his belt for better pay days. With this win, although not his best performance, definitely puts Devon back on the right track. Devon is a pure boxer, and in this fight he either got lured or forced into a brawl, but it proved that Devon can dish it out when need be and has the skills to adjust to any style his opponent brings, which is a positive aspect for the former world champ.
Should Devon seek a rematch against Shawn Porter after this fight? Maybe not just yet, but Devon’s future definitely has options.
Till Next Time,
Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez