Former WBC and IBF light welterweight titlist Devon Alexander is out for glory when he eventually vies for the IBF welterweight championship currently in the possession of Randall Bailey, and he spelt it out in true fighting talk.
“I'm ready to get my first title at 147...Randall Bailey, you better get ready, man. September 8th, it's going to be a new champion on the rise. You better ready. You better be running your 6 miles instead of partying in Miami. You better be running your 6 miles every morning because I am,” Alexander said (via Fighthype.com).
The 25-year-old Alexander will be making only his second foray into the 147-pound division. His first outing was a unanimous decision win against battle-hardened Marcos Maidana.
The only blemish on his résumé was a 10th-round technical decision defeat (unintentional clash of heads) to reigning WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley in January of 2011.
Although not the heaviest of punchers, the southpaw has scored 13 KOs in his 23 triumphs.
However, in Bailey, “Alexander the Great” will be locking horns with a pugilist who is widely regarded as one of boxing's hardest-hitters—to date “The Knockout King” has registered 37 KOs in 43 victories.
Furthermore, the 37-year-old is a two-divisional titlist and three-time world champion to boot.
On the designated date, Bailey will be making the first defense of the vacant IBF title he won after his 11th-round knockout of Mike Jones on June 9 of this year.