U.S. Army Veteran Daniel Bailey Jr. Gets First
Title Shot vs. Jonathan Javier Fierro On March 12
U.S. Army veteran Daniel “The Dedication” Bailey, Jr. (10-0,
5 KOs) will get his first title shot March 12th, when he
takes on 18-year-old Mexican knockout artist Jonathan
“Diamante Zurdo” Javier Fierro (12-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant
North American Boxing Association (NABA) Featherweight
The 10-round bout will take place at Meydenbauer Center in
Bellevue, Washington. The winner will earn a WBA top 15
Bailey, managed by Ryan Roach’s Fighter Locker, was born in
Miami and fights out of Tampa. The cousin of 2-division
World champion Randall Bailey, Daniel was honorably
discharged from the military after serving a 6-year stint.
He was a 4-time U.S. Army champion, rated as high as No. 1
in the country as an amateur boxer. He was stationed at Fort
Carson in Colorado Springs (CO), where Daniel was enrolled
in the special soldier-athlete program there, World Class
Athlete Program (WCAP).
“I’m super grateful for this opportunity,” the 25-year-old
Bailey spoke about his NABA title shot. “I feel like all of
my hard work has paid off and this will be my opportunity to
show a glance of my greatness. I won’t disappoint. I’m not
thinking about where this fight is going to take me. I’m
just focused on getting a win.”
“This fight is very special for Team Bailey,” Roach
commented. “We started building together from the ground up.
To fight for a top 15 WBA world ranking in just 11 fights
shows what we can do if the fighter stays ready and I do my
job as a manager.
“I truly love this match-up for us because I think he has
the perfect style for Daniel to showcase his skills. We have
a game plan as a team. We have brought in some great
sparring for Daniel. I am very excited for this opportunity,
and it makes all the travel away from family, hard work and
sleepless nights worth it.”
Fierro has stopped 11 of his 12 opponents as a professional,
including 23-11 Victor Ruiz in the opening round of his last
fight, back on November 13th in Phoenix.
“My opponent is from Mexico and he’s strong,” Bailey added,
“but he signed on to fight the wrong fighter. I’m clicking!
It’s a bad deal for anyone who signs on to fight me. I’m
getting better every day.”