Feature | Premium | Aug 14 2019

Wayne Alexander and his superhuman punching power

Meet the orchestrator of some of the most stunning knockouts in recent British ring history
Wayne Alexander
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HERE’S an idea for a good night in… Go onto YouTube and type in ‘Wayne Alexander’. There you will find some dramatic domestic dust-ups from the early noughties. At the time, fans wondered who was the best of a clutch of quality British 154-pounders that included Richard Williams, Anthony Farnell, Gary Lockett and Steve Roberts. No question, Alexander was the most exciting.

Boxing News described his savage scrap with Paul Samuels as “a British Hagler-Hearns”, and against Takaloo in their grudge fight, Alexander showed horseshoe-in-the-glove-type power to turn certain defeat into crushing victory. The rivalry between Alexander and Takaloo had been simmering for a while, since Takaloo decked Alexander in sparring and “went and told the whole world about it!” remembers the shaven-headed slugger from Croydon.

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