Devon Alexander Defeats Randall Bailey: New IBF Welterweight Champion

Devon Alexander Wins Unanimous Decision Victory Over Randall Bailey

By: Gordie Tamayo

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Barclays Center Brooklyn NY- This Saturday Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions hosted another fight card served up for boxing fans with all the extras.

Aside from the excitement of boxing returning to Brooklyn after a long hiatus, more attention came after reports surfaced of future Hall of Famer Erik Morales testing positive for a banned substance named clenbuterol used for cutting weight which put the main event in jeopardy.

Although the negative attention seemed to overtake the real focus for a moment, spectators had plenty to pay attention to. The undercard featuring hard hitting 38 year old IBF champion Randall Bailey defending his title for the first time against the 25 year old former WBC and IBF light welterweight champion Devon Alexander had it’s own share of drama that never lost attention.

Coming off the highlight of his career after stopping undefeated Mike Jones in stunning fashion and picking up the vacant IBF title en route, Bailey now was in position to fight some of the bigger names on the market and show that veteran still had some mileage left.

Known for his right hand power and criticized as a one trick pony, Team Alexander was quick to jab at the newly crowned champion as they successfully campaigned for a shot at his title. After Bailey was forced to pushed the date back of their originally scheduled September 8th bout due to a back injury, it only added more fuel to the rumors of Bailey dodging Alexander.

As things would turn out, their encounter was moved to an even bigger date where they would be part of the historic return of boxing to Brooklyn. Their pre-fight grudge was the most exciting thing to happen out of the bout as they went the full 12 rounds in a one sided fight where Alexander used his footwork and speed to keep Bailey at bay.

Bailey started off slow as usual however as the fight progressed he appeared to have even more hesitation to pull the trigger and when he did, Alexander took his overhand right with ease. Alexander boxed his way to a unanimous decision victory with scores of 117-109, 116-110, 115-111 and walks away as new IBF Welterweight Champion.