By Jim Amato

He had less then twenty professional fights but for anyone who followed the heavyweight division in the 1970′s, they will never forget Joe Alexander. In his twelve victories he scored ten knockouts. This guy could bang ! Joe was a New Yorker turned pro in 1968. He was short for a heavyweight at 5’9″. In his second bout Alexander suffered a one round knockout defeat. Hey I didn’t say he had Jake LaMotta’s chin.

In 1969 filling in as a substitute he was halted by the capable Hal Carroll. No shame in that defeat since Carroll was a ranked fighter. Joe came back in 1972 and in 1973 Joe outscored rugged veteran Leroy Caldwell. Two months later he shook up the heavyweight division with a shocking one round blitz of Venezuela’s world ranked contender Jose Luis Garcia. In 1974 he was put in as a “tune up” for the highly ranked Jerry Quarry. Joe hadn’t read the script. Jerry was as tough as they come and he had a great chin. In the first round though Joe floored Jerry and Quarry was lucky to get up and survive the round. Jerry showed his pluck in round two as he gathered himself to halt Joe. Nevertheless Alexander had made a statement.

Alexander would win three straight by one round knockouts. He followed that with a two round victory. Then he outscored tough journeyman G.G.Maldonado. Joe then went to Las Vegas where he dropped a ten rounder to talented Kevin Issac. Alexander would lose decisions in 1979 and 1981 and retire. His final ledger was 12-7. He may not have been a top contender but he was a very dangerous man.

Jim Amato

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  1. EZ E

    I was present at his fight with Jose Luis Garcia. He left everyone speechless and then was wildly cheered as he left the ring. I can practically still hear the chorus of BOOOOOOs for Garcia he made his exit to the dressing room.

     

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