According to world-class trainer Kevin Cunningham, IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander suffered a broken hand in the first round of his TKO win over Lee Purdy. "Broke his hand in the first round," Cunningham would tell FightHype.com earlier today. The break happened after Alexander connected with a punch that landed on the top of Purdy's head. Although the full extent of the injury won't be known until later tonight, Cunningham expects that Alexander will be in a cast for an unknown length of time.
While Alexander's victory is even more impressive knowing that he fought through the adversity of a broken hand and still dominated the tough Purdy en route to a 7th round stoppage, the injury couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. Altough there were whispers of a potential December clash with former jr. welterweight champion Amir Khan, Alexander was also being mentioned as a potential opponent for undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, who still maintains that he'll be fighting again on September 14. Depending on the severity of the break, Alexander may not be available for a September return.
[ Photo of the punch that broke Devon Alexander's hand. ]