First, Randall Bailey won a welterweight world title. Now his celebration will continue with a day named in his honor.
Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) drilled Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs) for a spectacular 11th-round knockout to claim a vacant belt on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. undercard on June 9 in Las Vegas. The city of Key West, Fla., has declared Saturday as "Randall Bailey Day" in his honor.
"This is a great honor," said Bailey, who is from Miami but has ties to Key West. "My first fight in Key West was in 2006, and since then the people there have been behind me 100 percent. This world championship isn't just for me. It's for Key West, too."
Bailey, 37, who won the belt a decade after his run as a junior welterweight titleholder ended, won't celebrate his honorary day for long. He has his first title defense coming up. He will meet former junior welterweight titlist Devon Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) in a Showtime main event on Sept. 8.
The Key West Rotary Club is putting on the event, which begins at 3 p.m. and will include a police-escorted motorcade.
The event is also supposed to celebrate boxing in Key West. Also being honored are recently retired former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson and heavyweight Sherman "The Tank" Williams, both notable fighters on the Florida boxing scene who have Key West ties.
All three are regulars at Key West boxing cards and have worked with amateur fighters in the area at the Police Athletic League facility.