Andre Ward wasn’t the only former world champion making a return from nineteen months out over the weekend as super welterweight Randall Bailey also fought for the first time since November 2013.
Bailey, 40, defeated Humberto Toledo the last time he saw action and on Saturday was pitted against journeyman Gundrick King. The veteran did was he usually does and recorded yet another knockout to add to his impressive C.V.
‘The Knock-Out King’ made it 38 from 45 wins against eight defeats and could find himself back in contention at the top level sooner or later. Bailey has that concussive power that puts him in with a chance against anyone out there as King found to his cost in just the second round.
It’s not 100% certain that Bailey has fully left 147lbs behind, but right now he is campaigning at 154lbs and there are numerous opportunities for the one-time IBF welterweight title holder to once again reign at the top level.
The likes of Demetrius Andrade, Cornelius Bundrage and Erislandy Lara could all be targets for Bailey, although whether they actually agree to face one of the leading members of the ‘Who needs him Club’ is another matter entirely.
Granted that Bailey would probably we easily out-worked by Lara and Andrade, but having that one-punch knockout ability always keeps him in a fight as Mike Jones notably found to his cost at the MGM Grand in June 2012.