By Xavier Porter
Nicknamed the “KO KING”, Randall Bailey is respected and recognized, in boxing’s history, as one of the most feared punchers of the sport.
In fact, Bailey started his professional career in 1996, having won his first 21 fights by knockout.
With a record final of (46-9, 37 KOs, 1 NC), Bailey admits that he didn’t choose boxing, boxing chose him.
A natural fighter from the hard streets of Miami, FL, Bailey did his best to utilize his hand skills, to stay out of the jail system, that he visited frequently for several offenses, such as carrying a gun.
During this interview, the former two-division world champion discusses his early start in sport, some of the highs and lows that he experienced, and how he views the sport and fighters today.
Bailey, who now resides in state Georgia, held no punches back during this interview.
“I came up with Freddie Pendleton. He was my friend, a real one.”
“He helped me get my life together. I had just come home from jail, after catching my second gun charge and he helped me my life together, through coming to the gym and fighting.”
“Watching him train and work hard, I knew I could do what I needed to do, to stay off the streets and make money for my family.”
When asked about coming up in the Florida fight scene, Bailey shared:
“I’m from Miami, but I also trained and came up in the ranks with Winky Wright, Antonio Tarver, and others.”
“I used to train and spar with great fighters such as Nate Campbell, Glenn Johnson, and Allan Green.”
“My only issue is that I didn’t jog. I could fight, but I didn’t jog. I learned how to perfect my right hand through trainer Tommy Brooks.”
“I would only spar and work on my movement with the right hand. Once I perfected it, a lot of fighters did not want to fight me.”
During this interview, Bailey was also asked about if fighters support one another from the same city and state.
“Everyone knows who I am and where I’m from.”
“I stepped away from boxing after I seen the bull**** that was going on. I wanted to fight Keith Thurman and Andre Berto.”
“I called both of them out but neither one of them wanted to fight me. They’re not real Florida fighters. They may have won world titles, but they know about me and what I bring to the table. They are p*******.”
Bailey won the WBO Super Lightweight Championship and the IBF Welterweight Championship in his career.
Additionally, he held the WBA interim light welterweight title in 2002.
Bailey has faced many great opponents, including world champions and title contenders:
- Miguel Cotto: Multi-Division World Champion
- Ishe Smith: former Super Welterweight World Champion
- Jeff Horn: Former WBO Welterweight World Champion
- Demarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley: Former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion
- Juan Urango: Former IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion
- Devon Alexander: Former Two-Division World Champion
Having been promoted by International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees Don King and Lou DiBella in his career, Bailey shares his experiences, from working with both men, from both negative and positive.
Bailey, who again was initially promoted by Don King and then by Lou DiBella, shared this about both promoters.
“Don King was fair to me. He helped me. Anytime I needed money, when I wasn’t fighting, he would tell me to come and pick it up.”
“$15,000 here, $15,000 there, no matter what the price was, he had it for me; but I knew I had to pay it back and that would come from my purse. Unfortunately, I wasn’t fighting as much because people didn’t want to fight.”
“Today, I am good with Don King because I paid everything back to him that I borrowed.
“When it comes to Lou DiBella, I am upset. He took over $130,000 from me and he never did anything for me.”
“He (DiBella) never paid for any of my expenses. He did nothing for me, but when the commission presented me with those papers to sign and that check after I fought, I saw that he took a huge chunk of money from me. Just talking about it right now is getting me upset.”
In closing, Bailey shared these last sentiments, wisdom, and knowledge for upcoming fighters.
“Nowadays, everyone thinks and wants to be the next Floyd Mayweather.”
“You must understand first that boxing is full of snakes. There are so many people in boxing that are cowards, who just want to be around you for the spotlight and fame.”
“People want to carry your bags just because. I never needed anyone to carry my bags. I carried my own bags. If I needed anything, I needed soldiers that truly supported me, both before and after my fight (s).”
“Fighters today need to understand that no one cares about them and that they need to care more about themselves and the people who have their best interest at heart.”
“I would tell these boxers to stop picking certain opponents to fight for huge paydays and get a job. Fight real fights.”
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- Editor and Lead Writer: brooklynfights.com
- Boxing Analyst for: Facebook FIGHTNIGHTLIVE https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/
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