On November 18, the legendary Brazilian striker will square off with Juan Cervantes in a welterweight Muay Thai clash that’s sure to produce fireworks for as long as it lasts.
Always a crowd pleaser, “Good Boy’s” upcoming appearance has fans salivating – and for good reason.
Here, we take a closer look at why the martial arts community is so excited to see Alexandre back in action.
#1 Jaw-Shattering Power
Pound for pound, Alexandre is one of the hardest-hitting strikers on the planet.
But as dangerous as he is with his hands, the Brazilian is much more than a power puncher.
With nearly 90 professional Muay Thai and kickboxing bouts to his name, “Good Boy” has proven he can find the finish with a variety of weapons, including some of the most vicious knees in combat sports.
#2 Muay Thai In 4-Ounce Gloves
To make matters more explosive, this fight will be Alexandre’s first time competing in Muay Thai while wearing 4-ounce gloves.
A veteran of nine professional MMA bouts, “Good Boy” has plenty of experience with the smaller gloves, but never in a striking-only contest.
Look for him to use those gloves to land his thunderous punches in tight spaces, only increasing the chances of another highlight-reel knockout.
And if his last outing in 4-ounce gloves was any indication, fans should brace themselves for another shocking finish.
#3 A Worthy Opponent
If Alexandre wants a firefight in his return, he’ll have a willing dance partner in Cervantes.
Tall and rangy, the United Kingdom representative possesses an excellent kicking game and a deep gas tank. He’s comfortable exchanging leather in the pocket, but he’s best known for his trademark flying knee – a weapon he’ll likely use early and often.
Watch for Cervantes to employ his jumping knees in response to Alexandre’s hard-charging aggression, adding an element of danger to each exchange.
#4 Trains Under Boxing’s Finest
“Good Boy” hasn’t been sitting on the couch twiddling his thumbs for the past few years. Instead, he’s been honing his pugilistic skills under the careful guidance of legendary boxing coach Pedro Diaz.
One of the most well-respected trainers in the game, Diaz has coached champions like Miguel Cotto and Guillermo Rigondeaux over the course of his illustrious career, and he recently added Alexandre as another star pupil.
After learning the “sweet science” from the best of the best, the Brazilian superstar will naturally want to showcase his improved boxing in this return fight, and fans won’t want to miss it.
#5 Championship Pedigree
During his time away, some fans may have forgotten that Alexandre is a highly decorated competitor with proven skills against the best strikers on the planet.
The 40-year-old has won many prestigious titles in both Muay Thai and kickboxing, while accumulating a combined record of 69-19-1 in those sports and an 8-1 slate in MMA.
With so many hours of ring time at an elite level under his belt, “Good Boy” has seen it all and done it all, bringing his veteran craftiness and grit into each and every fight.
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