Monday, 25 June 2012

Bailey Vs Alexander set for September 8th!

Randall Bailey with his IBF title.
On September 8th, newly crowned IBF welterweight champ Randall Bailey will make the first defence of his title against American star Devon Alexander. The fight is not yet 100% confirmed but it is almost definite to happen.

Devon Alexander.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer gave his thoughts on the fight: "We have agreed on the terms and it's going to be a terrific fight... You always have a good fight when it involves Randall Bailey. He's one veteran you can't turn your back on, and it's a great opportunity for Devon."

In my opinion, this is a very, very good fight between a man who is moving towards the end of his career and wants to give it all he's got before it's over (Bailey) and a man who is on his way up and wants to prove that he can make it all the way to the top.

However, there is a potentially very big problem. The fight goes directly head-to-head with a much bigger fight between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson. This is a bit of a surprise as there were available dates very close to the date that was chosen. I can't think of any reason why they would chose September 8th, other than that Golden Boy may believe that the Ward-Dawson fight will somehow help to promote the Bailey-Dawson fight even though they are in different channels.

The venue or location has not been set for this fight yet. The most likely place that has been talked about at the moment is St. Louis. This would make the most sense as Alexander is a big attraction there so the ticket sales would receive a huge boost if it did take place there.

It's very hard to predict a clear winner in this fight. Alexander is obviously has the more superior boxing skills  but with Bailey you always have that danger of a one-punch knock out. All you have to do is look at his last performance against Mike Jones on June 9th. Bailey was well behind on points when he pulled off a fantastic knock out victory in the 11th round.

I am really looking forward to this fight. I just hope that it isn't shown at exactly the same time as the fight between Dawson and Ward.

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