The tale of the tape has always been an effective measuring stick in boxing. The age factor in the Mike Jones vs. Randall Bailey fight is to the latter's advantage.
The "Knockout King" may not be in the prime of his career at age 36, but considering this is the biggest fight in the career of his opponent and having the clear edge in experience, Bailey has the cards on his side.
The two boxers will battle for the vacant IBF Welterweight Title, and Jones will likely come in with the most confidence due to his spotless professional record. While confidence is key for any fighter if they want their hand raised at the end of the night, overconfidence is something that can land a fighter on the mat.
Bailey has 36 knockouts in 48 bouts, facing the likes of Miguel Cotto and Shawn Gallegos in his career. He's also a former International Boxing Association Champion.
Some will choose Jones to win this bout based on the seven-year age difference between the two opponents. What those people are forgetting is that just means that Bailey has had more experience in these situations and has faced better quality opponents.
Jones hasn't lost in his career; that's well-noted in the hype buildup for this match. The issue with an undefeated streak is that it's only as impressive as the list of names on it. Wins over Jesus Soto Karass, Sebastian Lujan and Irving Garcia aren't on the same level as some of the victories Bailey has to his name.
Bailey actually spoke with Ring TV's Corey Ederman about his opponent's latest fight, saying with a chuckle:
I wasn't impressed at all with the Lujan fight. If that's what he calls sitting down and brawling, then we're on two different levels.
Bailey realizes that his opponent is an up-and-coming talent, but one that isn't quite polished to the same level he is, even this late in his career. This match will not end up being Jones' big break fight. Instead, it will be one of the Knockout King's last chances to notch another victory under his belt.