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
King said it took a while to get Kotelnik to agree to the
“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
The contract holds Kotelnik to six fights over the next three