One of boxing's most enduring story lines is the crossroads fight, an encounter pitting two combatants whose mission is not only winning but also winning the right to remain among the elite.
Such will be the case when Devon Alexander meets Argentine power-puncher Lucas Matthysse Saturday on Alexander's turf in St. Louis. "The Great" was far less than that in losing a 10-round technical decision to fellow belt-holder Timothy Bradley in January while Matthysse dropped a disputed split decision to Zab Judah last November. While Alexander nursed the wounds to his face and pride, Matthysse returned to Argentina just 10 weeks later and stopped ex-champ DeMarcus Corley in eight, scoring eight knockdowns along the way.
What must each man do to maintain his spot? Their CompuBox histories revealed the following strategic advice: