Alexander will face an opponent to be decided at one hundred fifty pounds on a May 25 Premier Boxing Champions card (Fox Sports 1) at a domain additionally to be determined, however alternatively of getting profession-long teacher Kevin Cunningham running his training camp and manning his nook, it will likely be Roy Jones Jr., the former longtime pound-for-pound king and four-department international champion. Alexander had been educated by using Cunningham considering the fact that he was an newbie, having discovered safe haven in Cunningham’s health club from the streets of St. Louis as a young boy. Cunningham became instrumental in leading Alexander to international titles at junior welterweight and welterweight and several big fights, consisting of victories in opposition to Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana and Junior Witter.
Alexander instructed ESPN on Monday that he believed it turned into time to make a trade and will start schooling with Jones in Jones’ place of birth of Pensacola, Florida, at the start of April and finish his camp in Big Bear Lake, California. “I just that I need some higher conditioning,” stated Alexander, who turned 32 on Feb. 10. “I’m losing my fights because I’m passing out at the cease of my fights. I use to do this no longer. However, I need greater conditioning and stamina now that I’m older. “I made the alternate because I simply felt adore it changed into time for me to try something one-of-a-kind, and once I talked to Roy Jones Jr., a destiny Hall of Famer and dwelling legend, he stated he could help with my comeback. I did not want to pass up the opportunity to look at what we may want to do collectively. After speaking to him, I truly felt like it changed into an ideal healthy. He honestly knows what it’s like for a fighter, like myself, who’s coming round again at this stage of his profession.” Alexander (27-5-1, 14 KOs), 32, is zero-1-1 in his beyond two fights, drawing with Victor Ortiz thirteen months in the past and losing a breakup decision to Andre Berto in August. However, many believed he deserved the selection in each fight, specifically the only against Ortiz. The Berto fight was additionally quite near, and Alexander knocked him down. Alexander, who has conquered an addiction to prescription painkillers, is 2-4-1 in his beyond seven bouts, however, has never been knocked out.