“’I used to get in a lot of street fights,’ he recalls. ‘So [boxing] was just me trying to find a way to fight without getting in trouble.’ For many, fighting is itself a form of trouble, but on the streets of Bailey’s youth if you beat someone up they might shoot you in return. Sanctioned violence gave young Bailey a security absent from the shadows beyond the streetlights.”

Read Real One: Randall Bailey and a Life Lived Fighting on Hannibal Boxing.


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