Alexander’s comeback inspired by six kids
Houston Alexander did it for his kids.
Sitting in his corner, trying to find his wits again following one of the more brutal first rounds a fighter has walked away from, he thought of his six young children watching him at home. Then, he rose from his stool and launched a comeback for the ages against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Shark Fights 13 Saturday at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum.
“I always tell (my kids) never to give up. I proved to them tonight that you never give up,” Alexander said post-fight as tears welled up in his eyes.
A true test of Alexander’s grit and determination, the bout earned himself and his opponent $2,500 bonuses each for the event’s fight of the night.
Alexander almost didn’t make it out of the first round. Sokoudjou dropped the one-time DJ and construction worker with a left and forced the Nebraskan fighter into survival mode. Alexander clung to the Cameroon judo champion’s leg, trying to will his opponent into a takedown as he ate massive follow-up punches.
“I got rocked, but I recovered fast because of my conditioning,” said the 38-year-old Alexander. “I didn’t really see it coming. It was a flash (knockout), but my conditioning got me through it and I ended up on top of him at the end of the round.”