Devon Alexander vs Junior Witter
In the prelim to the main event of an eight bout card at Aqua Caliente Casino in California, Devon Alexander of St. Louis, Missouri won the vacant WBC Light Welterweight title with an eighth round stoppage of former WBC Light Welterweight champ Junior Witter, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Alexander, who is only 22 years old, saw his record improve to 19-0 with 12 kayos. Witter was stopped for the first time in 42 bouts and lost an opportunity for an all-British, WBC-WBA unification bout with Amir Khan. Referee Lou Moret went to Witter's corner after the eighth round to warn him for excessive holding, whereupon Witter quit on his stool, prompting the chant "Witter the quitter" from the crowd. Witter explained after the bout "I felt the bout was quite even. I had a hairline fracture to my left hand six months ago. It felt like I reinjured it in the fourth round so I tried to switch up. I'd start with my right and try to finish with my left but I could not."
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