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Miami’s Randall Bailey triumphs after a long layoff

Miami’s Randall Bailey, right, knocked out Gundrick King in two rounds June 20 in Riverdale, Georgia.
Miami’s Randall Bailey, right, knocked out Gundrick King in two rounds June 20 in Riverdale, Georgia. Top Rank

If 40 is the new 30 in boxing, Miami’s Randall Bailey still doesn’t plan on extending his career like many of his contemporaries of similar age.

Bailey, who turned 40 last September, has a simple goal toward retirement.

“It’s going to be 50 wins or 10 losses, whichever comes first,” Bailey said. “I’m not going to drag into it any further than that.”

Bailey moved closer to the 50-victory total after his recent fight.

The former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion knocked out Gundrick King in two rounds June 20 in Riverdale, Georgia.

For Bailey, the bout was his first after a 20-month ring absence.

The victory improved his record to 45-8 with 38 knockouts.

“I’ve wanted to fight sooner, but fights kept getting called off,” said Bailey, who currently is not represented by a promoter. “I was willing to take fights on short notice, but those fell through, too.”

Despite a lengthy layoff, Bailey maintained his impressive wins-knockout ratio with the quick stoppage against King. The bout also was Bailey’s first at the 154-pound class.

“I felt very comfortable in this new weight,” Bailey said. “And, even at 154 the punch ain’t going anywhere.”

Bailey said he would like to maintain a busier pace and fight again at the end of August.

“I am good for about another year and a half, but I need to remain active,” Bailey said. “Although I didn’t fight much these past two years, I was always ready for a fight, training in the gym.

“I know the age is different but the mind is the same.”

AROUND THE RING

▪ Late Saturday, Timothy Bradley survived a late scare and won a unanimous decision against Jessie Vargas in their welterweight fight that was erroneously stopped by referee Pat Russell before the final bell.

Trailing on the scorecards, Vargas rocked Bradley (32-1-1) with a right to the head late in the 12th round. Vargas (26-1) chased a dazed Bradley in pursuit of a dramatic knockout win. But after separating both fighters from a clinch, Russell stopped the bout, confusing the 10-second warning with the final bell.

Vargas initially reacted as if he won the fight by technical knockout, but Russell confirmed with ringside officials that he had heard the bell to end the round. As a result, Bradley won the fight on all three judges’ scorecards, 117-111, 116-112 and 115-112.

“You don’t always hear the 10-second warning; you’d like to,” Russell said. “But what I thought I heard was the bell. I just made the call that I made based upon what I heard.”

▪ Miami resident Yunieski Gonzalez will face the highest-profile opponent of his five-year professional career on July 25. Gonzalez will fight former light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

A native of Cuba, Gonzalez has won his first 16 fights, 12 by knockout. Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs), a resident of Montreal and Haiti native, had a four-bout run as World Boxing Council light-heavyweight champion before losing his belt against Bernard Hopkins in May 2011.

The Pascal-Gonzalez bout will be on the undercard of light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev’s title defense against Nadjib Mohammedi. Kovalev, a part-time Fort Lauderdale resident, defeated Pascal in his previous title defense March 14.

Coming up

Tuesday (8 p.m., Fox Sports 1): Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Paul Parker, 10, light heavyweights.

Thursday (10 p.m., Fox Deportes): Gilberto Gonzalez vs. John Karl Sosa, 10, junior welterweights.

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