At the age of 26, Alexander is a two-year pro. A sensational prospect at 147 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout.
He is a stablemate of two-division world champion and rising young superstar Vasily Lomachenko, who was voted “2017 Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America, top light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and super lightweight prospect Maxim Dadashev. All are managed by Egis Klimas, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “Manager of the Year” in 2016 and 2017, and promoted by Top Rank.
Alexander moved to Oxnard, California, in October, 2015, to pursue his professional career and made his debut two months later that December. He trains at the Boxing Laboratory Gym in Oxnard with trainer Marcos Contreras.
He stayed active in the ring with four fights in 2016 and three in 2017, and gave very impressive performances.
In his last fight on November 11 in Fresno, California, Alexander won by seventh-round knockout against previously undefeated Juan Ruiz.
The scheduled eight-rounder was on the undercard of the Jose Ramirez vs. Mike Reed main event, and Alexander dominated the fight. He out-boxed and out-worked Ruiz, and shut him out on the scorecards. Alexander scored a knockdown in the seventh round – Ruiz got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:51. After six rounds, Alexander led by scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards.
Alexander said through an interpreter, “My style is very aggressive, very explosive – good hand speed, combinations. I have good movement in the ring.
“I don’t have a nickname.”
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Alexander said through an interpreter, “I was born in Kamensk-Uralsky, Russia. I have one older brother, no sisters. My father passed away when I was two years old, I don’t even remember him. My mother raised me. She doesn’t work. I’m the only boxer in my family.
“I was around eight or nine years old when I started boxing. When I was a kid, everybody was watching boxing movies on DVDs. I wanted to be a strong guy, so I went to the boxing gym.
“I had over 300 amateur fights, with 15 losses.
“I’m naturally righthanded, but I fight in the lefthanded stance. When I was a kid, I would change my style – I would fight as a southpaw, then I would fight orthodox. But one day my trainer said, ‘You have to make a decision. What do you want to do – do you want to fight lefthanded or do you want to fight righthanded?’ I told him, ‘I’m going to fight lefthanded because it’s easier for me.’ “…
Alexander and his wife, Anastasia, have no children…