Despite winning his previous fight against Humberto Toledo, which in itself came on the back of 13 months inactivity, Bailey has been sidelined for various reasons but now feels ready to be more active as he chases a world title shot.
Campaigning at 154lbs, Bailey took just two rounds to defeat Gundrick King in what was only his second fight since losing his world title to Devon Alexander in October 2012, and says making a successful return from such a long layoff was a relief.
“It felt good to get back in the ring and let my hands go, just get back to boxing period felt good,” Bailey exclusively told Word Boxing News.
“It was good to get the win, but I just want to get back in the gym to get ready for my next fight.”
‘The KO King’ was disappointed with his performance when giving up his title with a whimper against Alexander and Bailey has no doubts that he can still mix it with the best in the world – something he aims to prove again in the near future.
“Like I said before me and my trainer at the time weren’t on the same page far as my training was concerned. It was then time for change and thing are going great with Orlando Cuellar,” said Bailey.
“I’m in shape and I’m willing to fight whoever I need to fight to get a shot at a Canelo or a Lara (world champion). I feel I most definitely still have what it takes and that I can become champion at 154 pounds.
“Given the opportunity, I will be world champion again in a third weight division,” he added.
Bailey certainly still has that equalizing punch that even at 40 years-old can still be a major factor in any fight he participates in. Former welterweight star Mike Jones found that out to his cost three years ago when Bailey stunned him in the 11th round of their MGM Grand clash.
It will be interesting to see which of the current crop of belt holders, if any, will take a chance on mixing it with the hard-hitting Florida native who is on the verge of more big opportunities following yet another KO triumph.