Alexander’s comeback inspired by six kids

Sunday, September 12, 2010

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.”

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