(Devon Alexander, left; Randall Bailey, right)
When Randall Bailey walked back to his corner after the 8th round of his fight with Mike Jones, his long time trainer John David Jackson wasn’t in the center of his corner, it was his cut man, Chico Rivas. Bailey needed a knockout to win, and his corner aware of the fact, made a tactical move not often seen in the sweet science. “We’re very close,” Bailey said. “John got out of the ring because we all work as a team. John felt like what he was doing wasn’t getting through to me. He took it upon himself to let our cut man get in there and try to speak to me.”
Screams of “You got to finish him!” were heard ringside.
And he did.
Bailey, arguably the biggest single puncher in boxing, landed a brain-poisonous right uppercut in the 11th, finishing Mike Jones for the night, just as he was asked. But prior to the 10th round Bailey seemed reluctant to throw punches, “In the first round I grazed him on the back of ...