Southpaw former IBF and WBC junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander will challenge IBF welterweight beltholder Randall Bailey on an already stacked undercard of an Oct. 20 event at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya announced on Wednesday.
Bailey (43-7, 37 knockouts) is coming off a come-from-behind, 11th-round knockout of Philadelphia’s Mike Jones on the undercard of Tim Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao in June, and suffered a back injury which forced the postponement of his clash with Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) from its originally scheduled date of Sept. 8.
“We are thrilled to not only be re-announcing this hard-hitting matchup, but also to be able to add it to the already powerful night of boxing planned for Barclays Center on October 20,” said De La Hoya.
“With four world championship fights and a great undercard to kick off a new era of boxing in Brooklyn, this show is going to be like the Super Bowl of boxing and definitely will be a night to remember.”
The main event will feature a rematch between RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia and four-division title-winner Erik Morales, preceded by WBA welterweight belt-winner and Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi making the first defense of his belt against Pablo Cesar Cano.
“I really didn’t think the Barclays Center event could get any bigger, but that is exactly what has happened. It’s been our strategy at Showtime to increase the quality and the quantity of our boxing coverage,” said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager at Showtime sports.
“For this network to televise four title fights on one night, not on pay-per-view, demonstrates the commitment we’ve made to our subscribers and to boxing fans. Thanks to the promoters and to Devon and Randall for bringing this fourth fight to the table. What a special night this will be for these talented fighters, for Brooklyn and for the sport of boxing.”
Others on the show are middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, of Brooklyn, Brooklyn-born ex-beltholder Luis Collazo, of Queens, welterweight Dmitriy Salita, of Brooklyn and Bronx-born Honduran junior middleweight Eddie Gomez and junior middleweight Boyd Melson, of White Plains, N.Y.
“We are extremely excited to be apart of this boxing extravaganza,” said Kevin Cunningham, trainer and CEO of The Great Promotions. “Brooklyn has produced some of boxing’s biggest stars, so it’s an honor to get this opportunity.”
Against Jones, Bailey won his fourth straight bout, having 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.
“Randall is the hardest puncher in boxing and he is a true champion,” said Lou DiBella, Bailey’s promoter and president of DiBella Entertainment. “If Devon Alexander wants his belt, he is going to have to take it and withstand the hardest right hand in the sport.”
In an interview with RingTV.com, Bailey claimed that the injury was the result of a collision with a larger sparring partner after he had thrown a punch.
“I am so happy to be able to get back in the gym and continue to train. At my age you can’t take anything for granted and injuries are harder to overcome,” said Bailey.
“But I am totally healed and ready to shock the world again by beating another young fighter like Devon Alexander. I said I would knock Devon Alexander out before and I am going to say it again. It’s going to be a great fight.”
In his next fight after facing Bailey, Urango was knocked out in the eighth round by fellow Alexander, who has scoffed at Bailey’s assertion that he already had taken the heart out of Urango.
“The opportunity to be a part of this piece of boxing history means a lot to me. Randall Bailey and I have some unfinished business,” said Alexander.
“I plan on starting the night off right for all of the fans watching at the new Barclays Center and at home on Showtime. I am going to walk away as the IBF Welterweight World Champion on October 20.”
Tickets are on sale for the card that will be the first boxing event to take place at the new, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue. Tickets start at $50 and go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will be available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, or at 800-745-3000.
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