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Bailey returning to ring after 19-month layoff

6/11/2015
Randall Bailey, left, is ready to return to the ring after a 19-month layoff. Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

Former welterweight and junior welterweight titleholder Randall Bailey, one of boxing's most devastating one-punch knockout artists, is coming back after 19 months out of the ring and what many figured was retirement.

Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) is moving up to junior middleweight and will face Gundrick King (18-14, 11 KOs) in a 10-round bout on June 20 at the Riverdale Center of Arts in Riverdale, Georgia.

Bailey, 40, of Miami, has not fought since November 2013, which was one fight after he lost his welterweight belt by unanimous decision to Devon Alexander in October 2012. Bailey has fought only four times since 2010. He said the long layoff was not by design.

"I haven't been sitting out because I wanted to," said Bailey, who is a promotional free agent. "We've tried to get fights, but I've been frozen out. It's been rough, but I won't let it bother me. I just go with the flow, what's been given to me. I couldn't get the top junior welterweights to fight me. I'm not afraid to move up to junior middleweight, where I hope to fight Canelo (Alvarez) or (Erislandy) Lara.

"I try to explain that I'm not your average 40-year-old boxer. I'm not out every night drinking, getting high, or doing any extra-curricular activities. If these guys really felt I was old, they'd be fighting me."