Despite being aged 39 and in the twilight of his career, Randall Bailey, 44-8-(37), says he just cannot get anyone to fight him.
“I hit too hard for most guys to take the risk,” complains Bailey. “If I get a fight, it’s because there’s no way around it. They have to fight me. Nobody is picking me. Nobody says ‘you know what? I want to fight someone tough.’ If it’s not a mandatory and they can get around me, they all do.”
“I always get the runaround,” continued Bailey. “I sent an offer to a promoter the other day and they basically told me they don’t want to match me with their guy and because I’ll beat him and they’re trying to make their money back they put into him. Or I get a fight and they shut the show down. I had a fight scheduled for June 7. They tried to get out of it, but the IBF made them take the fight. So, then they went all the way up to the week of the event and canceled it. Then they rescheduled the event and didn’t put me on the show. My fight disappeared somehow.”
With bills to pay and time running out on his career despite his clean-living lifestyle, Bailey says he’s forced to start taking drastic measures.”
“I want to fight somebody who stands and fights, not somebody who is going to run around the ring and make us both look bad. I want to give the fans some all-action fights to end my career with. Alfonso Gomez, (current Interim WBA Champion) Keith Thurman and (former two-time world champion) Andre Berto are three guys I really want to fight. I’ve decided to try to stir the pot on my own. I’m sending out a challenge to Alfonso Gomez’s promoters. I will fight their man for free! Just to get my career rolling again. Set it up and I’ll fight him for nothing. I know when I was coming up I fought all the older opponents that had been around for a while, to add them to my resume. On their side, you can’t make more business sense than that. Make it happen.”
Bailey says he’s made his remarkable offer directly to Golden Boy, Gomez’s promoters, and so far heard nothing.
“I’m using all the help I can find. I don’t have any enemies in boxing, so I’m reaching out to everybody I feel can help me. They’re doing their best but these guys are not eager to fight me.”
August 4, 2014