Alexander-Brook to get new date

Welterweight titlist Devon Alexander's mandatory defense against England's Kell Brook is in the process of being formally rescheduled for May 18 (Showtime) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

The fight -- Alexander's first defense since winning the belt from Randall Bailey in October -- already has been postponed twice. It was originally scheduled for Jan. 19 in Los Angeles, but Brook (29-0, 19 KOs) suffered an ankle injury. It was rescheduled for Feb. 23 in Detroit, but Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) suffered a severely strained right biceps.

Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com that he notified Team Alexander and Brook promoter Eddie Hearn on Thursday, telling them to be ready for May 18 while he finalizes his deal with Showtime and the venue.

Schaefer doesn't want to announce the new date yet because he is trying to close the main event for the card, which he hopes will match junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson, in his second title defense, against monstrous puncher Lucas Matthysse, an interim titleholder.

Peterson-Matthysse would be a terrific fight. If it gets paired with Alexander-Brook, it will be a doubleheader all boxing fans should be excited about.

Kevin Cunningham, Alexander's trainer and manager, is happy to be going to Atlantic City.

"I like Atlantic City. There are great boxing fans there," he said. "I've been out there working with Adrien Broner [as an assistant trainer last month] and there's a great boxing atmosphere. I always had pretty good luck there."

Cunningham's biggest win as a trainer came at Boardwalk Hall, where Cory Spinks outpointed Ricardo Mayorga in 2003 to become the undisputed welterweight world champion.

Cunningham said Alexander would be ready for May 18.

"He started back in the gym on Monday, so he's basically at 90 percent, and so we'll step it up a little more next week," Cunningham said. "Within the next couple of weeks, he should be back to 100 percent and we're expecting to do some sparring in the next couple of weeks. We'll be ready, and Kell Brook will finally get his wish to be in the ring with Devon Alexander -- but that's about as far as that wish will go."