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Boxer Devon Alexander from St. Louis stands over Marcos Maidana of Santa Fe, Argentina after knocking him down in the sixth round of their welterweight fight at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 25, 2012.  Alexander won the fight.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Boxer Devon Alexander from St. Louis stands over Marcos Maidana of Santa Fe, Argentina after knocking him down in the sixth round of their welterweight fight at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 25, 2012. Alexander won the fight. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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It was big-time boxing at Scotttrade Center last night and the hometown boxer won.

Devon Alexander, in his first fight in the 147-pound division, used the added weight to record a unanimous 10-round decision over Marcos Maidana.
Alexander, a St. Louis native and former WBC and IBF junior welterweight champion, improved to 23-1. Maidana, who hails from Argentina, fell to 31-3 in his welterweight debut.

The 25-year-old Alexander dominated the non-title bout, capturing nine of 10 rounds on two judges’ cards. He finished with advantages of 100-90 100-90, 99-91.

Alexander, a 2-1 favorite, recorded a second straight win after his lone loss, a 10-round setback against Timothy Bradley on Jan. 29, 2011, that cost Alexander his belts.

Alexander outpunched Maidana 168-93 and held a 149-85 advantage in power blows. He used a series of combinations to back Maidana into the ropes in the sixth round.

In the co-feature, Adrien Broner retained his WBO junior lightweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Eloy Perez. Broner, from Cincinnati, improved to 23-0 with his 19th KO. Perez, 23-1-2, is from Salinas, Calif. Broner used a pair of rights to knock Perez on the canvas. Perez staggered to his feet but immediately fell again at the 2:24 mark.
Broner connected on more punches, 58-26.

- The Associated Press

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