|Devon Alexander vs Randall Bailey - Boxing Showdown in Las Vegas
By Media Report (August 16, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
DEVON ALEXANDER VS. RANDALL BAILEY
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN SET FOR SEPTEMBER 8
AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS
AJOSE OLUSEGUN AND LUCAS MATTHYSSE TO BATTLE FOR
VACANT WBC INTERIM SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT BELT IN CO-FEATURE
SHOWTIME TO TELEVISE CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER LIVE
ANGELES (August 16, 2012) - What do you get when you match up one of
boxing's best athletes and tacticians with a man considered to be the
most devastating puncher in the sport today? A fight that can't miss.
That will be the case when former World Champion Devon Alexander "The
Great" and IBF Welterweight World Champion Randall Bailey square off on
Saturday, September 8,in a 12-round battle for Bailey's title at Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
will be more championship action on September 8, as unbeaten Ajose
Olusegun and Argentine power puncher Lucas Matthysse tangle for the
vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight crown.
vs. Bailey, a 12-round fight for Bailey's IBF Welterweight World Title
taking place Saturday, September 8 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las
Vegas, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with The
Great Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by Corona and
AT&T. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will air live at
9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with Ajose Olusegun
facing Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight
title in the co-featured fight which is presented in association with
Arano Box Promotions. Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME
EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, along with a limited number of
VIP suite seats priced at $150, go on sale on Friday, August 17 at noon
PT and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all
Ticketmaster locations, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Alexander "The Great" (23-1, 13 KO's), no stranger to facing and
beating powerful knockout artists as evidenced by his last two wins
coming against Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana, has the skill and
will to baffle any opponent he faces. An eight-year professional who
held both the WBC Super Lightweight and IBF Junior Welterweight World
Titles before losing them via a controversial and close technical
decision to Timothy Bradley in 2011, the proud 25-year-old St. Louis
native has since reinvented himself at 147 pounds. After his big wins
over two of Argentina's best in
Marcos Maidana (W10) and Lucas Matthysse (W 10), Alexander is looking
forward to proving himself once again by beating Bailey and becoming a
two-division world champion.
veteran of more than 16 years in the professional game, Randall Bailey
(43-7, 37 KO's) has not slowed down a bit at age 37. In fact, if his
recent one-punch knockout of previously unbeaten Mike Jones in June is
any indication, he may be more powerful than ever. The Miami, Fla.
resident has always had a gift for blasting out anyone who stood in his
line of fire. Bailey utilized his trademark power to claim his first
world title in 1999 when he knocked out Carlos Gonzalez for the WBO
Junior Welterweight World Championship in just 41 seconds. In 2002,
Bailey won a second title by knocking out Demetrio Ceballos, but his
victory over Jones earlier this year for the IBF Welterweight crown,
which extended his unbeaten streak to five in a row, may have been the
sweetest win yet. Now, he looks to defend that title for the first time
on September 8, in Las Vegas.
a long time, boxing fans wondered if Nigeria-born Ajose Olusegun (30-0,
14 KO's) would ever get his shot at a big fight. He was simply too
risky for the big names to fight and the 32-year-old southpaw knew it.
While awaiting his big shot, he did what all world-class competitors
do-he kept fighting and kept winning, confident that his time would
come. Now making his home in London, England, Olusegun is the British
and Commonwealth Champion at 140 pounds, and after recent impressive
wins over Colin Lynes and Ali Chebah, it's clear that the 11-year
professional has finally arrived. On September 8, he gets to prove that
the only man able to challenge Bailey for the unofficial title of "Most
Feared Puncher" in boxing today, Trelew, Argentina's Lucas Matthysse
(31-2, 29 KO's) has built his reputation with a ferocious attack that
few can withstand. A longtime standout in his home country, Matthysse
began making noise on the international scene with razor-thin split
decision losses to former World Champions Alexander and Zab "Super"
Judah that saw him drop both fighters during the course of each fight.
In recent fights, Matthysse has left the judges out of it, most
recently dispatching respected former World Champion Humberto "Zorrita"
Soto in five rounds in June to earn his shot at the interim belt. Don't
expect Matthysse to let it get to the scorecards on September 8.
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