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Alexander retains IBF and WBC titles

Posted Aug 09, 2010 by John Casson

Reigning champ Devon Alexander

Devon Alexander retained his IBF and WBC light-welterweight title with a unanimous points decision against Andriy Kotelnik in St Louis. Alexander, 23, overcame the tough Ukranian with all three judges scoring the contest 116-112.

Kotelnik, a decent calibre fighter who lost his WBA belt to Amir Khan 13 months ago, was entering the ring for the first time since that fight but he started brightly, warming to his task and landing some decent shots that had Alexander bemused, although only momentarily, in the fifth and sixth rounds.

However, this saw the champion raise his game and stretch his record to an impressive 21-0. But it didn't come easy and Kotelnik exposed some flaws in the champion's defence that other challengers at this weight may be keen to exploit.

In the same weight class, Frankie Gavin will take on Michael Kelly for the vacant Irish title on September 18th. In only his eighth contest since turning professional 18 months ago, Birmingham-born youngster Gavin will be fighting for his first belt. And he will do it in front of his home fans at the LG Arena as part of Frank Warren's massive 'Magnificent Seven' promotion. Gavin has won six of his seven fights within the distance and is hoping to put a dent in Kelly's record on 10 fights with eight wins and one loss.

Elsewhere, Great Britain's women boxers returned from the EU Championships in Hungary with an impressive three medal haul. Savannah Marshall, Vensa Fisher and Chantelle Cameron were all beaten in their finals on Saturday to walk away with a silver medal each. Marshall lost 6-4 to home favourite Binka Nagy, Fisher lost 8-1 to Serpil Yassikaya and Cameron was beaten 4-0 by Gulsum Tatar.

In amateur boxing, Britain are to identify the best male and female fighters ahead of the 2012 Olympics by getting the best English, Welsh and Scottish fighters to compete in Liverpool against members of GB's podium squads. The competition will be held at Liverpool's Echo arena from November 12th-13th. Northern Irish amateur boxers will not be part of the tournament, however, as Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland compete as a unified team in amateur boxing.

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