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Devon Alexander: Watch What I Do To The 'KO King'

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Devon Alexander’s message was clear.

As he stood before a ballroom full of people, the former 140-pound champion tried his best to make sure Randall Bailey realizes that he is not Mike Jones. Way down on the scorecards June 8 in Las Vegas, Bailey bombarded the previously unbeaten Jones with power punches in the 10th and 11th rounds to win the vacant IBF welterweight title by technical knockout.

One of boxing’s biggest punchers has promised to annihilate Alexander in similar fashion, but Alexander isn’t easily intimidated. Not only did the skilled southpaw grow up in one of St. Louis’ most dangerous neighborhoods, he has finished fights on his feet against some of the sport’s most powerful punchers.

“I’m excited to be here, to prove myself once again,” Alexander said at a Marriott near the famed Brooklyn Bridge. “You know, I’ve got a lot of doubters, from the [Timothy] Bradley fight, up until the [Lucas] Matthysse fight, to the [Marcos] Maidana fight. I’ve still got doubters, that I’m one of the best in boxing. I’ve still got to prove myself. I feel that and I’m still going to prove myself by taking on Randall Bailey.

“You guys say he’s the ‘KO King’ Bailey and I’m going to show you what I’m going to do to him. I don’t run from anybody. I’ll fight anybody. I’m a throwback fighter. Him and my coach [Kevin Cunningham] have been going back and forth, as you guys can see, back and forth. It’s been funny, but when it’s all said and done me and Randall have got to get in there and we’ve got to get it on.”

The 25-year-old Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) and the 38-year-old Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs, 1 NC) were supposed to fight Sept. 8, but Bailey’s back injury caused the fight to be postponed six weeks. The scheduled 12-round bout will be one of four televised Saturday night by Showtime from the brand-new Barclays Center.

“I’ve been getting a lot of phone calls. ‘Am I going to make it? Am I OK?,’ ” Bailey said. “They’re going to get what they asked for now. It’s going down Saturday night. Y’all forgot to mention one of the promoters of this show, Kevin Cunningham. He’s been doing a great job of promoting this show. He deserves that because, let me tell you, if you can get me to talk you’re doing a good job.

“But just understand once you’re done with that talking, you’ve got to deal with that problem. It’s a problem. You feel me? So I’m looking way too forward to Saturday night. It’s going to be a great show. I plan on putting on a great show, along with all the other fighters Saturday night. See y’all there.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigAlexSand on 10-20-2012

I've had the thought if Alexander does win, I could see a fight with Mayweather!

Comment by BigAlexSand on 10-20-2012

Alexander is a good boxer but needs to show more heart in the ring and try to fight occasionally. He fights more to get the fights, than he does in the ring. Then again he knows Bailey could knock hiss…

Comment by turkas on 10-20-2012

[QUOTE=PBP;12622574]The board has a fascination with Maidana and Matthysse. So I can see why they would be upset that Alexander scored a close W over one of them and straight shut out, embarrassed and exposed the other. I had Matthysse…

Comment by PBP. on 10-20-2012

[QUOTE=turkas;12622515]I am one of Devon's biggest supporters on here and I have been singing this song for years, hating Devon is just the cool thing to do I guess. He has one of the best resumes out there, and he…

Comment by gmc_rfc_06 on 10-20-2012

I've got Alexander winning. All he has to do is be smart. Bailey has little to offer outside of a big punch, avoid that and it's a wide UD.

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