Devon Alexander and Randall Bailey seem fired up heading into their Sept. 8 fight, with both men confident they'll emerge victorious. Bailey's IBF welterweight title will be on the line when the two square up at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
The two men traded words during a recent conference call.
"The Bailey fight is going to bring the best out of me because he's a veteran in the game and he knows what he's doing in there, and he's going to come to fight," Alexander said. "He's going to be ready, and like he said he's got that one punch knockout for the title. That's not my worry. This is boxing so I'm going to be ready for whatever he brings."
At 37 years-old, Bailey is clearly more experienced than Devon Alexander, but he won't have the technical advantage when the two square up inside the ring. Better known for his punching power, Bailey's best bet would be to lure Alexander into a brawl. The IBF welterweight champion plans to do just that.
"He [Alexander] can talk about being ready, he better be ready. I'm ready to go to war," Bailey fired back. "That's what I come for. I'm not coming to the fight for nothing easy. All that boxing [expletive] he think he going to be doing, he better fight fool."
Alexander will be the favorite going into their Sept. 8 encounter, but he'll have his work cut out for him. Devon has indicated that he isn't scared to trade shots with Bailey, but that isn't necessarily in his best interest. "The Knock-Out King" has already displayed serious punching power in the past, with 37 of his 43 wins coming via knockout. Bailey's last knockout - against Mike Jones - was particularly impressive, considering the fact he was getting out-boxed before he turned things around in the 11th round.
Fortunately for Alexander, he did get to test himself against a decent puncher in his last fight against Marcos Maidana, so he should be able to utilize a similar game-plan against Bailey.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.