Alexander, Kotelnik to fight on Aug. 7

Former WBC and IBF light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik

of Ukraine will fight current champion Devon Alexander of the

United States on Aug. 7 in St. Louis.

Boxing promoter Don King was in Lviv, Kotelnik’s hometown, for

the contract signing Tuesday.

“He has a great camaraderie (with) the people here,” King said.

“I said, ‘You’re part of this community, and they’re all looking up

to you. You got to reach out there and get these two titles and

bring back the fame and acclaim and applause to your

community.”’

King said it took a while to get Kotelnik to agree to the

fight.

“We stayed up for a straight 24 hours talking about all the

different things, and he had his lawyers,” King said.

The 32-year-old Kotelnik, a 2000 Olympic silver medalist, won

his title in March 2008 by beating Gavin Rees. Since then, he had

two successful defenses to take the WBA belt, outpointing Norio

Kimura and Marcos Rene Maidana, but lost the title to Amir Khan in

July 2009.

The contract holds Kotelnik to six fights over the next three

years.