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Q&A: Bailey praises Alexander, wants Zaveck
Knockout artist Randall Bailey: "I want to fight guys that want to fight and guys that feel the same way that I feel. I don't want to go 12 rounds ... I want those Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns types of fights."
Although the hard-punching Bailey (43-8, 37 knockouts) had hoped to at some point land his vaunted right hand against Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs), the one-punch KO never materialized as a result of the superior boxing skills and angles employed by his 25-year-old adversary.
The setback ended Bailey's run of four straight wins, the last being his come-from-behind 11th-round knockout of Philadelphia's previously unbeaten Mike Jones on the undercard of Tim Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao in June.
In victory over Jones, Bailey earned his first title since a first-round knockout of Carlos Gonzalez to win the WBO's junior welterweight crown in May of 1999. Bailey's record at the time was 18-0, all by stoppage, and he has become known for the concussive, lights-out power in his right hand.
Bailey, who turned 38 in September, had last suffered defeat by 11th-round stoppage against Juan Urango in a failed bid to earn the IBF's junior welterweight belt in August of 2009. In his next fight in March of 2010, Urango was knocked out in the eighth round by fellow southpaw Alexander.
In this Q&A, Bailey reflected on the loss to Alexander, as well as his plans for the future, including a potential clash with ex-beltholder Jan Zaveck (32-2, 18 KOs) of Germany.
Zaveck, 36, is coming off a unanimous decision over Bethel Ushona in March that helped him to rebound from September's fifth-round knockout loss to Andre Berto that dethroned him as IBF welterweight titleholder.
RingTV.com: What is next for you?
RingTV.com: Is there a timetable as to when you want to fight again?
Because Zaveck has been pretty much talking about it on Twitter. Twitter has worked to make a lot of fights these days. Twitter has been active, and me and Zaveck have been going back and forth on Twitter.
Zaveck is saying that he's up for it, and I know that I'm up for it, so, I think that we'll see what we can do about making it happen.
RingTV.com: What have you seen in watching the Alexander fight?
God has a plan for everybody, and it's just that that night wasn't my night. Devon was moving really good, but his punches weren't affecting me at all.
Looking back, I don't see any reason why I wasn't hitting him. Because I've looked, and I was just a hair, I mean, just a hair away from hitting him with that right hand.
RingTV.com: Was there a point during the fight where you felt that it got away from you?
RingTV.com: What could you have done differently?
They did that as they saw every head shot that I was going to probably try to hit him with. So, when i did throw a hook, I landed it, but it didn't land probably how it should have landed it.
And when I did throw a right hand, it wasn't positioned right for me to really nail him with it. When I did hit him with the right hands, they were really soft.
I never really was able to land a good, solid, Randall Bailey right hand on him. I just feel like, you know, that certain styles are going to make for exciting fights for me.
I feel that guys who want to move around and box, I'm way past that stage. So I want to fight a little longer, but I want to fight guys that want to fight and guys that feel the same way that I feel.
Those are the types of fights that I want to be involved in from now on. I want to be in there against guys that want to get in there and let it all hang out.
RingTV.com: What hope do you have of facing guys who are willing to risk their records against you?
RB: Well, I have a lot of respect for the IBF, and there's a lot of guys in the division who are still trying to fight, and who I'm sure that I can beat. You know, Devon is 25 years old, so this was just a matter of youth, you know?
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