On Saturday night, I expect Devon Alexander to win handily, as easily as any boxer included on the card at the Barclays Center. But that doesn't mean I will head to the concession stand for a sausage and a soda while the 25-year-old St. Louis native gets it done against Randall Bailey, a 38-year-old Floridian.
That's because Bailey has game-changing power. The 23-1 lefty Alexander, a late addition to the card after a Sept. 8 tussle with Bailey was reset because Bailey hurt his back, will have to be focused for as long as the bout lasts. He knows this -- everyone knows this -- and if somehow Alexander didn't know it, he'd only have to look at Bailey's previous fight, in which he was getting dominated by Mike Jones until Round 10, when he smashed Jones on his chin and dropped him, and Round 11, when he finished Jones off.
Yes, I do believe Alexander will relieve Bailey (43-7, with 37 KOs) of his welterweight title ... but to do that, he will need to be dialed in for the entire scrap. Check out this video of Alexander chatting with NYFightBlog about coming into enemy territory, Bailey's power and what comes next if he beats Bailey. Might he fight Paul Malignaggi next?
"I think that's a possibility," Alexander said. "I think it'd be just right, too, both of us having a title."