The solid debut for boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn just got a notch better, with the word that Randall Bailey's defense of his IBF welter belt against Devon Alexander is being added to the card on Oct. 20. The fight was originally slated for Sept. 8 at Hard Rock in Las Vegas, but was postponed when Bailey suffered a back injury.
Alexander's trainer-manager, Kevin Cunningham, sounded amped that his guy will brawl in Brooklyn. "This is a historical night of boxing," he told NYFightBlog, "and we're happy to be part of it. The shift in venue means more exposure."
"I am so happy to be able to get back in the gym and continue to train," said the 37 year-old Bailey, who will be the underdog against the super-slick Alexander. "At my age you can't take anything for granted and injuries are harder to overcome, 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 the evening's main event, unbeaten Danny "Swift" Garcia defends his WBA and WBC super lightweight crowns against Erik "El Terrible" Morales, and Brooklyn's Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi puts his WBA welterweight crown on the line against Pablo Cesar "El Demoledor" Cano. Also, Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin of Manhattan takes on unbeaten Hassan N'Dam in a 12-round battle for N'Dam's WBO middleweight championship.
Brooklyn prospect Daniel "The Golden Child" Jacobs, former titlist Luis Collazo, the Bronx's rising star Eddie Gomez, former world title contender Dmitriy Salita and Brooklyn prospect Boyd Melson will also appear. Showtime will televise the top portion of the card.
Prediction: There could well be a beef after the bouts. Malignaggi and Alexander have a history of bad blood, so it might be wise to seat them far away from each other at the post-fight presser. I'm just sayin' ...