"We thought with some treatment, we could possibly still go for it, but after getting the treatment, they realized how tight and how deep they have to go into that bicep, and the treatment has got him really, really sore to where he can't even use the arm. They're saying he needs 3 weeks of that treatment, so there's no way we could be ready for February 23rd...I mean, from the looks of things, after a few weeks of treatment, the doctor was telling me he should be able to go full blast back to training. Me personally, I think Devon will be 100% and ready to go somewhere around 8 weeks," stated world-class trainer Kevin Cunningham, he gave us an update on Devon Alexander's bicep injury and much more. Check it out!
BT: What's up, Kev? Tough break on Devon getting injured. What happened?
KC: Camp was going great; tremendous training camp. Sparring was great. Strength training and conditioning was excellent. The nutritionist was on point. He had just sparred 10 rounds, man, and he was doing a couple of rounds on the heavy bag, and I think in the 2nd round of the heavy bag, he threw a right hook and I heard him yell out, "Dang!" He turned around and said, "Man, I felt a sharp pain in my bicep; in my muscle." So he shook it off for a minute, tried to go back to working on the bag, you know, and he was like, "Nah, something's wrong." So after that, we took him to the doctor and they diagnosed it. They didn't think it was any kind of tear, but they thought it was a strain, so the next day, we had him go get an MRI and the MRI showed a severe strain in the bicep. No tears or nothing like that. So we got with Dr. Murphy; he works with the [St. Louis] Rams football players. He treated him for a couple of days. We thought with some treatment, we could possibly still go for it, but after getting the treatment, they realized how tight and how deep they have to go into that bicep, and the treatment has got him really, really sore to where he can't even use the arm. They're saying he needs 3 weeks of that treatment, so there's no way we could be ready for February 23rd.
BT: Have they set a new date already, or are they waiting to see how Devon responds to the treatment first?
KC: I mean, from the looks of things, after a few weeks of treatment, the doctor was telling me he should be able to go full blast back to training. Me personally, I think Devon will be 100% and ready to go somewhere around 8 weeks, you know. I think he'll be ready to go.
BT: This is the first time Devon's actually caught the injury bug, but you guys have been dealing with postponements in your last couple of fights. First you had to deal with Randall Bailey getting injured and having that fight postponed, and this fight was already supposed to have taken place last month, but it too was postponed due to an injury that Brook first suffered. Is it a bit frustrating knowing that you spent all that time in training camp preparing for the fight only to have to do it all over again?
KC: Yeah, I mean, we were getting ready and getting really sharp; we were 4 weeks into training when he [Brook] came up with an injury and they wanted to postpone the fight, and now we were getting really sharp and deep into camp on this February 23rd date, so it's a little frustrating. Devon's really frustrated with the injury, but shit happens, man, and this is a contact sport. You have to train hard and intense and things can happen. All we can do is get the proper treatment for the next 3 weeks and I think another 5 to 6 weeks after this treatment, we should be ready to roll. I think he'll be 100%. 8 weeks from now, I think Devon will be ready to step into the ring and take care of this Kell Brook business.
BT: Kell Brook shared his thoughts on the news of Devon's injury, saying he was "shocked" and "gutted" when he received word. Does his reaction seem a little over the top to you considering that the fight was originally postponed due to injury he suffered?
KC: Yeah, I see where he made a comment and said, "I'm in shock that they pulled out of the fight," and "They knew I was going to take his title," and stuff like that, but, you know, if he hadn't of pulled out for his injury, the fight would have taken place already. He was the first one to pull out with an injury. If I was him, I wouldn't be making any negative comments towards Devon having an injury because the fight was originally postponed because of you having an injury. I guess he forgot he had an injury and postponed the fight in the first place. Like I said, hopefully we can get back in there late March or early April. I mean, that's up to Al [Haymon], Golden Boy, and Showtime, but I think that would be perfect. Around late March or early April would be perfect timing to reschedule this thing, but it's up to them. They deal with that, I don't, but I think Devon will be full strength, 100%, perfectly healed up and ready to go in 8 weeks. We're going to let Devon go through this physical therapy treatment for the next 3 weeks and once the treatment is done and they give us the green light to go full blast in the gym, then we'll start back working and hopefully by then, we'll have some idea on what kind of date that they're talking. Late March, early April, we'll be ready to roll.