Two years removed from the Sport, former two-divisional world champion Devon Alexander (27-4, 14 KOs) returned on Tuesday night to piece together his fractured career in a tricky comeback against Walter Castillo, doing so in fine fashion.
Other than a loss in his professional debut, Castillo arrived with a healthy resume whose only defeats have come against good level opposition such as Vicente Mosquera, Amir Iman and Sergey Lipinets, meaning he would provide a testing comeback for Alexander, or so we thought.
Devon had other ideas, void of ring rust as he got his trademark jab prodding like a piston before showing his teeth in the second round courtesy of a pair of straight left hands, down went, Castillo.
All rounds following an absence from the squared circle are invaluable, Alexander knowing so used every second of his ten rounder to produce a boxing clinic on-route to recording two scores of 100-89 whilst the other was more courteous to Castillo’s efforts in giving him a few rounds but still on the wrong end of a one-sided contest.
BACK FROM THE BRINK…
The fight represented the turning of a page, a new chapter to be written in a book which could have easily taken a turn for the worse for the St Louis native.
Devon’s two-year hiatus from the sport brought drug addiction once more to the surface, in this case, it was an addiction to painkillers which were prescribed after a sparring injury left him needing surgery for a blood clot.
Lies followed, concealing his dependency for Pain relief, it took two and a half years for him to open up to longtime friend/trainer Kevin Cunningham as he broke down in tears, a man laid bare after his loss to Aaron Martinez.
He had hit Rock bottom but the first step on the road to recovery is admitting the issue, then came the realisation that he needed help, taking each day as it came. Today, Devon has defeated his toughest nemesis, Its been a long winding road but it’s one which has led him full circle to a point in his life whereas boxing takes centre stage, I’m sure if you have seen his re-introduction on Tuesday night, you will agree that he could once more hustle his way to the front of the Welterweight pack.