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Devon Alexander’s head is back in the game, says trainer

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Devon Alexander (R) absorbs a shot from Amir Khan on his way to losing a wide unanimous decision in December 2014. Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Devon Alexander (R) absorbs a shot from Amir Khan on his way to losing a wide unanimous decision in December 2014. Photo by Naoki Fukuda

After losing his third fight in his last four outings, Devon Alexander found himself down in the dumps.

He dropped a decision to Aron Martinez in October after taking L’s against Shawn Porter and then Amir Khan.

The question had to be asked: Is this boxing thing still for him? The 29-year-old looked into his soul and discussed options with trainer/father-figure Kevin Cunningham. “So we had him do a battery of tests. Brain scan, EKG, blood work. It came back fine,” Cunningham told me. “We decided that it was probably more mental than anything. So he went to a sports psychologist. And it’s been great. About a month. And Devon figured out some stuff, some personal stuff, that’s been draining him.”

Cunningham tells me the St. Louis fighter, sporting a 29-4 record, formerly a titleholder at 147 and 140 pounds, is in the gym. “He got the old bounce back,” he said.

My take: I can see Alexander getting a high-profile gig at 147 in mid-summer. It will be up to him to prove fully that some tweaks to his mental/emotional game can reset his fortune and allow him to start winning big opportunity fights. Bottom line, those opportunities won’t be there for much longer if he doesn’t reverse his trend.

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