Devon Alexander signs with Golden Boy

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Free agent Devon Alexander (above), a former IBF and WBC light welterweight champion, has signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy. (AP)

LAS VEGAS -- Former junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander has signed with Golden Boy Promotions, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told

Once a heavily hyped prospect, Alexander’s stock has slipped of late. In June he won a controversial decision over Lucas Matthysse. Last January, Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) lost his alphabet title to Timothy Bradley. After the win over Matthysse, Alexander announced he would move up to welterweight.

Golden Boy has a deep roster at 140 and 147 pounds. Schaefer said Alexander was a candidate to face Paulie Malignaggi, Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana. Andre Berto, the current IBF welterweight champion promoted by Lou DiBella, is also a candidate.

Schaefer said he planned on bringing Alexander back early next year.

-- Chris Mannix