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Alexander, Bailey Ready For Barclay Showdown
BROOKLYN, NY (BASN)—The Barclays Center is open of business finally, as Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions is poised to stage one of what could be many fight cards at this prestigious venue located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, NY on Atlantic Avenue.
The Barclays Center stage, home of the Brooklyn Nets, will be used for fighting purposes only on the night of October 20, as newly crowned WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs) defends his title in a rematch against Erik Morales (52-8, 36 Kos).
Also, New York’s own ‘Kid Chocolate’ Peter Quillen (27-0, 20 KOs) appears in his first world title fight against WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-0, 15 KOs). WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (31-7) defends his title for the first time against Pablo Cesar Cano (25-1-1, 19 KOs). Should Paulie beat Cano, he could be looking at a possible rematch with a returning Ricky Hatton next year.
One fight that is perhaps the most intriguingly matched is Devon Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs), a former unified WBC/IBF junior welterweight champion, moving up in weight to challenge Randall Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) for his IBF welterweight championship. Bailey vs. Alexander is a very interesting fight because the match-up features your classic boxer vs. puncher. Alexander has the skills to box circles around you, while Bailey has one-punch knockout power in either hand with 12 rounds to make something special happen.
“I’m looking forward to Randall getting the opportunity to defend his title on the show,” said Bailey’s promoter Lou DiBella. “Randall is a hard puncher. He can stage a fight with just one punch from either hand. I don’t think there’s anyone in the sport who is a more devastating puncher.”
DiBella added: “Devon Alexander is a terrific young boxer. He probably will at some point in the fight be ahead in rounds, but if Randall lands one punch, then he retains his belt and I think that’s what brings this fight so much excitement and so much interest.”
An example of Bailey’s ability to score a hard knockout when need was the night he won the previously vacant IBF 147-pound title in June, Bailey was trailing behind on the scorecards while the 6’ Mike Jones was boxing the much shorter 5’ 7” Bailey behind his jabs. The jab and back-up tactics wasn’t enough to prevent Bailey from applying pressure and from delivering an amazing knockout of Jones.
“I keep telling everybody that Devon is not the same size as Mike Jones,” Bailey stated. “They’ve got Mike Jones linked at six feet. He’s at least six one and a half. He’s very hard to reach. Devon is smaller than me. He’s not going to be hard for me to find. And this is what they don’t understand.”
Bailey added: “At the end of the day, on October 20th maybe Devon will be finding him some new employees.”
Alexander isn’t worried about Bailey’s power and the fact he will be willing to do whatever it takes to retain his IBF title. Alexander believes that skills are more important than size that he will emerge victorious.
“I don’t see where size matters in boxing,” Alexander said to Bailey. “Koto was smaller than you, Urango was smaller than you. You fought a lot of guys smaller than you, so I don’t see”
Bailey responded: “You’re smaller than me, too. I’m going to show you what a big man can do to a small man.”
Alexander is not afraid of Bailey’s power and the likeliness of Bailey looking for the knockout. Alexander knows that Bailey isn’t the greatest technician ands can be defeated, out-boxed. The intriguing aspect of this fight is Bailey’s relentlessness and ability to apply pressure. In fights against Timothy Bradley, Lucas Matthyssee, and Alexander Kotelnik, Alexander nearly collapsed under pressure. Is Bailey skillful enough to break Devon?
“I don’t see what size has to do with boxing,” Alexander remarked. “I could be two feet and still come in there and do what I’ve got to do and win the fight, so I don’t see what he’s trying to say or what he’s trying to come up with. I’m going to put it like this. It doesn’t matter what Randall Bailey is coming to do, and it doesn’t matter what he’s coming to do, what he’s put out, what I have either.”
SHOWTIME will televise Boxing’s return to Brooklyn at the Barclays Center beginning at 8 PM/ET with the preliminary bouts beginning at 7 PM/ET on SHOWTIME EXTREME.