Bailey-Alexander on Ice

By Robert Ecksel on September 1, 2012
Bailey-Alexander on Ice
Kevin Cunningham was as cool as a cucumber. "Randall Bailey is an idiot," he said.


Randall Bailey is bad and Randall Bailey is back. But Randall Bailey’s bad back, which no one knew was bad until yesterday, has forced him to withdraw from the Sept. 8 defense of his IBF welterweight title against Devon Alexander.

The Knock-Out King reportedly suffered a back injury while training for next week’s fight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and the fight, no less than his back, is on ice.

Contingency plans are for Bailey to fight Alexander either at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Oct. 20 or a week later at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“I have just been informed about a half an hour ago that Randall Bailey has injured his back in sparring,” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told RingTV.com, “and that we are going to have to postpone his fight with Devon Alexander from next Saturday.”

Bailey may be the only one-punch knockout artist in boxing today, but no one ever mistook him for a young man in our quintessentially young man’s game.

Team Alexander took the cancellation in its stride. Devon’s trainer/manager Kevin Cunningham spoke with ESPN.com and was as cool as a cucumber.

“Randall Bailey is an idiot,” he said. “I think he’s jerking everybody around. We bent over backwards to make this fight with Randall Bailey happen and he comes up with excuses.”

Although Bailey is (or isn’t) injured, the bad blood between the two camps is alive and well.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat saijo 09:49am, 09/01/2012

    Robert Ecksel-Not to change the subject but….we all should have disappointing careers like Andy Roddick….who has earned $20,500,000 competing with the best and I’m not sure if that even takes into account endorsements!

  2. McGrain 08:55am, 09/01/2012

    Gutted.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 06:51am, 09/01/2012

    Robert Ecksel-Why is it always a “back injury”...why not hemorrhoids or some such for a change….no imagination!!!

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