29 January 2011
Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, United States
Don King Productions (Don King) – Gary Shaw Productions (Gary Shaw)
matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Timothy Bradley Beats Devon Alexander
by Technical Decision in Michigan
by Christ Scott
It might not have been the great fight some hoped for, but Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander showed what they had tonight at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, until a 10th round clash of heads stopped the bout prematurely and led to an early night for the judges. Bradley won on scores of 98-93, 97-93, and 96-95. Bad Left Hook scored it 98-93 for Bradley.
Final CompuBox numbers of a competitive fight were very close. Alexander landed 129 of 475 punches (27%), including 98 of 304 power punches (32%). Bradley landed 128 of 419 punches (31%), and 89 of 257 power shots (35%). But it was Bradley's sometimes over-the-top, sometimes straight right hand that did the fight's most damage, at least not counting the many accidental (ruled) headbutts, one of which opened a bad cut on Alexander's right eyelid, and the final that opened a stinging cut just outside of Alexander's left eye, which left him unable to open his eye during the time the doctor was taking a look at him. He also appeared dazed, and I don't think there's any arguing that it was a hard clash of heads, and some will say that it looked deliberate from Bradley.
Alexander is going to be accused of quitting on the fight, but I really don't think that's the case. If you can't get your eye to stay open, no doctor is going to let you go back into the fight. That's just the way it is. Whether you question Alexander's mental makeup overall is up to you, and I can see those concerns. But I have to say I think it's unfair to call him a quitter. He never looked like he was desperate or aching to get out of the fight, and generally when guys "quit," you see something more than just "Well I quit" at some point. Alexander didn't look defeated, really. At least not to me.
Bradley (27-0, 11 KO) will now likely look for a bout with Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KO) later in the year, maybe this fall. Khan fights in April against an opponent yet to be finalized, but it looks likely to either be Lamont Peterson after negotiations with Paul McCloskey fell apart. Alexander's future is far less clear at this point, but the hope will be that he fights someone like Marcos Maidana, or maybe even a rematch with Andriy Kotelnik, where I think there is some unfinished business.
I will also say I thought Alexander looked better tonight than he did against Kotelnik. Bradley fought his usual fight, which was enough. I don't think it's enough against Amir Khan, but maybe it is. Bradley is one of those guys I never feel overly impressed with, but at the same time would never count him out of a fight unless you're talking about Bradley against Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, some sort of mega-talent with the resume to go with it. He's a confident, determined, tough dude.
We'll probably have a little more tomorrow on this fight, which had an anti-climactic ending but I think told us some more about both guys, good and bad. Thanks for joining us tonight.
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Bradley has the world at his feet after Alexander win
By Dave Lahr
Some people may not be happy with the way that WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KO’s) won his fight against WBC light welterweight champion Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 KO’s) last Saturday night, but Bradley did what he had to do against a fighter that was just there trying to survive and not actually win it. I think there’s a lot of jealousy when it comes to Bradley.
Bradley showed superb skills and I think he fought the best fight he could under the circumstances given to him. I’d rate Bradley’s performance as an A+, and I think he’s going to easily beat WBA light heavyweight champion Amir Khan later on this year once Khan wins his tune-up and Bradley takes care of a possible rematch with Alexander.
2011 and 2012 are going to be huge years for Bradley, because not only will he get nice paying, easy fights with Khan and Alexander, but Bradley has an excellent chance of getting a hue payday against Manny Pacquiao. He may have to sign a contract with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to get the fight with Pacquiao, but it will be well worth it because he’ll get huge cash for that fight.
Bradley also has the options of facing guys like Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah, Kaizer Mabuza and Lucas Matthysse to further clean up the light welterweight division. I have no doubts that Bradley can beat all of those guys. At some point, Bradley is going to outgrow the light welterweight division. He then will move up to welterweight and take on guys like Andre Berto and Mike Jones. I would favor Bradley against either of those guys.
Bradley can literally pick and choose whoever he wants to fight. The guy is in an enviable position because of his unbeaten record, his domination of the light welterweight division and because of his talent. He’s going to make a lot of money in the next two years.
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Bradley Defeats Alexander,
but Head Butts Mar a Super End to The “Super Fight”
By Nick Bellafatto
This event dubbed the “Super Fight”, concludes as a result of a head butt leaving North Palm Springs, California native Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley a unified division champion holding multiple titles as the premier fighter atop the super lightweight division, while Devon Alexander “The Great”, fighting out of Saint Louis, Missouri, suffers the first loss of his professional career. It was a “Desert Storm” and not a snow storm that was sweeping through the Detroit area, as the title unification match for the WBO & WBC title belts that took place this past Saturday night at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan between Tim Bradley, now 27-0 (11KO’s), and Devon Alexander, 21-1 (13 KO’s), didn’t end as conclusively as everyone might have hoped for. In the HBO World Championship Boxing televised event promoted by Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions, and Thompson Boxing Promotions, which was to determine supremacy in the 140 pound weight class, Timothy and Devon clashed heads on more than one occasion. The end result was that the head butt in the 10th round prompted referee Frank Garza to call a halt to the bout acting on advice from the ringside physician after Alexander complained that he could not see. The fight subsequently went to the scorecards which had all three judges with Tim Bradley ahead by scores of 98-93, 97-93, and 96-95.
The atmosphere soon began to get charged after announcer Michael Buffer proclaimed somebody’s 0 has got to go, referring to both fighters undefeated records. Each man could hardly wait to get to it as it seemed that before referee Frank Garza could finish with the pre-fight instructions, the combatants had touched gloves and headed to their respective corners to get things started. The action was scintillating throughout and Devon Alexander made a few rounds close by having some limited success, but it was Tim Bradley who was scoring the cleaner harder blows as he was not only able to land his jab over Alexander’s jab, but he also was able to get inside on Devon, landing to the head and body forcing the action in his favor for the majority of rounds. Timothy out landed Alexander who would at times find himself backed up against the ropes or tying up the ever stalking Bradley who seemed to will himself forward and come right through most of what Devon had to offer up. With Bradley scoring the more overall visibly effective shots, he had by the later rounds built up a solid lead when the accidental clash of heads occurred in round 10. It was the more severe reaction of Alexander after the second of two head butts that prompted referee Garza to summon the ringside doctor. As Alexander was questioned about the butt in the corner you could read his lips when he told the doctor, “I can’t see”. At that point most observers knew the fight would not continue.
One reason for the discontinuation was that the examining physician determined that there was potential to cause more extensive damage of a permanent nature to Alexander’s eye and recommended that the fight be stopped. Referee Garza stated in reference to the collision, ” I ruled it an accidental head butt, completely different from the earlier head butt. I stopped the fight after consultation with the ringside physician”. So ended this “The Super Fight”. In a post fight interview Devon Alexander stated, “I couldn’t see after the head butt. He’s got a big head, he came at me full force”. Additionally he would go on to say, “my eye was burning.” Alexander’s frustrated trainer Kevin Cunningham chimed in, “I told the referee before the fight that Timmy’s last 6 opponents have been cut by head butts. I told him, I told him, I told him”. In reference to a rematch Devon would comment, “there was a rematch clause in the contract and I want a rematch with Timothy Bradley”.
Bradley, also a bit discontented as to the premature end to the fight stated, “if that’s the best in the world, that’s weak. He didn’t want to get hit with the big shot. Throughout the fight we were coming in back and forth.” On the other hand Bradley would also go on to praise the worthiness of his opponent saying, “Devon is a tough, tough warrior. He will be champion again.” As for Bradley’s future he would once again call out Manny Pacquiao, as well as Amir Khan who holds the number 2 spot and would seem to be the next logical opponent for Tim if indeed he is to attempt to clean out the division. Then of course he would have to honor his contract and grant Alexander a rematch, after perhaps Devon fights the number 4 Marcos Maidana. These scenario’s, though seemingly somewhat logical and having been mentioned by Devon and Tim alike, are only speculation at this point. The drama at super lightweight is to be continued with some unfinished business amongst its inhabitants, with one certainty being that Tim Bradley is tops amongst those who dwell at super lightweight. Good fight while it lasted.
In the junior welterweight division in what is supposed to be the last bout of his career, the best 38-33-6 fighter in the world out of Chicago, IL, Emanuel Augustus, started slow against the younger undefeated local out of Detroit, Michigan, Vernon Paris, now 24-0 (14 KO’s), but comes on to school the youngster in the second half of the fight with a relentless head and body attack that had Paris looking for air by the close of the 8 round fight. After much controversy during the bout involving holding on the part of Paris who had one point taken, as well as pushing and elbows being thrown by Augustus to break free from the holding, who had 2 points deducted as a result, the crowd booed in discontent as the unanimous decision scores of 76-73, and 77-72 twice in favor of Paris were announced. That drops Augustus to 38-34-6 (20 KO’s) to potentially end a career that gave fans more than a few memorable fights, most notable being his ESPN fight of the year battle with “Irish Micky Ward in 2001.
In a 10 round welterweight attraction, former IBF lightweight title holder and brother of Timothy Bradley’s head trainer Joel Diaz, it was Julio “The Kidd” Diaz of Coachella, California gaining the stoppage at 2:17 of round 8 over outgunned but game Pavel Miranda of Tijuana, Mexico. Diaz controlled action as former champ’s experience comes through. Diaz goes to 38-6 (27 KO’s) while Miranda drops to 16-7-1 (8 KO’s).
Former WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt of Paterson, NJ lands a left hook at 1:50 of the very first round that leaves Lenin Arroyo of Miami, FL wondering what happened. Holt gets KO and goes to 26-4 (14 KO’s) while Arroyo and his record drop to 20-15-1 (4 KO’s).
Undefeated welterweight prospect “King” James De La Rosa of San Benito , Texas hits the canvas 3 times in this bout and suffers the first loss of his career, dropping a unanimous decision to Allen “Dream Shatterer” Conyers of the Bronx, New York. All three judges had it 95-92 in favor of Conyers who improves to 12-4 (9 KO’s) while De La Rosa drops to 20-1 (12 KO’s).
In the heavyweight division with several variety of obscure title belts up for grabs it was Bermane “B -Ware” Stiverne of Miami, FL via Haiti, scoring the KO at 1:52 of the second round over Kertson “The Majii” Manswell of Tirinidad and Tobago handing Manswell his first career loss. Stiverne goes to 20-1-1 (19 KO’s) and Manswell is now 19-1 (15 KO’s)
In the super middleweight division local fan favorite Darryl Cunningham of Detroit, Michigan, now 22-2 (10 KO’s) scores the unanimous decision victory over Alberto Mercedes of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic after 6 rounds of boxing by scores of 60-53 on all three judges scorecards over. Mercedes drops to 16-15 (10 KO’s).
At the junior middleweight level it was Julian Williams of Philadelphia, PA now 5-0 (4 KO’s) scoring the quick KO over Alan Moore of Indianapolis, IN now 2-10 (2 KO’s) at 28 seconds of the very first round. After a hard left counter hook wobbled and sent Moore down, he rose only to receive a solid right upper cut to end it just like that.
In what appeared to be a somewhat evenly matched bout for most of this light heavyweight division contest , the sturdier looking Marcus Oiveira of Mayetta, KS was awarded the unanimous decision victory over Demetrius Jenkins of Detroit, Michigan by scores of 60-54 on all three judges scorecards. Oliveira goes to 21-0-1 (16 KO’s) and Jenkins drops to 21-18-1 (16 KO’s).
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BRADLEY TAKES DECISION OVER ALEXANDER
By Javier Rosas Jr
When Bradley vs. Alexander was announced, it was apparent that boxing was taking a major step in the right direction by pitting two of the best 140 pounder’s in a match that was sure to not disappoint – and tonight, boxing fans, the fight lived up to the hype - well almost. In a fight that saw both combatants fight with grit, heart, and determination, Bradley was able to prove why he is the king of the junior welterweights and a definite force to be reckoned with so Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao better watch out because the desert storm is coming.
The early rounds saw both fighters try to establish range through their jabs. The action started to heat up in round 3 with Devon suffering from a cut in his left eye at the end of the round, which was caused by a headbutt from Bradley. Rounds 4-5 saw both fighters land effective blows as they attempted to gain control of the fight. Devon started to drop his hands in the middle rounds as he grew fatigued and as a result Bradley began to land clubbing rights to the head. The fight was called off in round 10 after a headbutt to Alexander's left eye caused the referee to call off the bout. The fight went to the score cards with Bradley winning a unanimous decision. Scores were 97-93, 96-95, and 98-93. I scored the bout 97-94 for Bradley, Boxingtalk's Greg Leon scored it a draw.
The true winners were the fans in this fight. Tonight, both fighters demonstrated the essence of what boxing should be - talent, skills, heart, blood, sweat, and determination. Ultimately, the fans the got to see the best fight the best. Congratulations to both fighters for giving the fans a great fight. The headbutt that ended the fight was unfortunate, but this is boxing. The hope now is that this fight sets the stage for other elite fighter's to step up to the plate and be willing to take risks every now and then.
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Bradley unifies WBC/WBO Titles on Technical Decision
By Boxing Ledger
For a brief time, Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley's professional boxing careers stood promisingly side-by-side. But, by the end of the night at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, their stature in the highly competitive junior welterweight division were quite different, resembling two elevators that had traveled in vastly opposite directions.
Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KO's) unified the WBC/WBO Junior Welterweight titles, capturing a ten-round technical decision victory over Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 KO's). The fight went to the scorecards after referee Frank Garza, on the advice of the ringside physician, deemed Alexander unable to continue due to an accidental clash of heads. Official scores were 96-95, 97-93 and 98-93 all in favor of Bradley.
As round one began, Bradley, 27, intensely brought the fight to the 23-year-old Alexander, who circled to his left and looked for openings.
In round two, Bradley charged Alexander when he saw a gap within Alexander's stance. Alexander seemed confused once Bradley got into close range, and looked to land sharp counters immediately. With Bradley momentarily off-balanced, Alexander caught him with a well-timed right hook.
Bradley landed a huge left - right combination in the early moments of round three. After that, Alexander landed a right hook. Then, Bradley responded with a hard body blow. During an exchange, Alexander sustained a cut right eye, which was clearly the result of an accidental headbutt. However, referee Frank Garza wrongly indicated the cut resulted from a punch.
Both men fought sloppy in round four, winging wide shots and clinching. Still, Bradley was putting more 'pop' into his punches.
After Bradley connected with a right to the body in the fifth round, Alexander quickly countered with a straight left. As Bradley became more threatening, Alexander unleashed a higher punch output.
In round six, Bradley landed a flush right hand on Alexander's face, but the St. Louis native absorbed the punch exceptionally well. Afterward, Alexander dictated the momentum by outworking Bradley behind a large volume of punches.
Bradley dominated the first minute of the seventh round, although Alexander controlled the pace in the middle of the round. Alexander established his range, firing a series of right hooks and straight lefts. Both men exchanged blows at a furious pace the last 45 seconds of the round.
Two more accidental headbutts occurred in the eighth round, leaving both fighters slightly jarred. Alexander gave Bradley minor swelling under his left cheek after landing a powerful right hook.
Alexander landed a razor-sharp left uppercut in the ninth round, but Bradley countered instantly with swift right hand shots.
The final headbutt of the fight took place in the tenth round, which left Alexander in excruciating pain. Bradley moved into close range, appearing to throw a right, but the left side of his head collided ferociously with the left side of Alexander's head. While the ringside doctor conducted his examination of Alexander in the corner, Alexander complained of a burning sensation. This headbutt did not open a cut on Alexander's face or head, however, Bradley displayed a minor cut on the corner of his left eye in his post-fight interview with HBO's Larry Merchant.
At times, Alexander seemed hesitant to mix it up, waiting on Bradley to make a mistake. Bradley, on the other hand, forced the action the entire fight, showing the hard-nosed, courageous effort fight fans have grown accustomed to seeing from him.
There is a rematch clause in their contract, and it seems Alexander is interested in exercising the option.
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Bradley Unifies With Class in Non-Classic;
The Rest of Saturday’s Action
By The Boxing Tribune
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI: The long-awaited showdown between two of boxing’s highest-regarded undefeated fighters was what most experts expected– A display of mastery and class, but a bit lacking in the fireworks department.
Both Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 KOs) and Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) played their roles perfectly throughout the contest, with Bradley bulling forward and Alexander looking to use his legs and better-crafted skill set.
Also, as expected, Bradley’s aggression, combined with Alexander’s southpaw stance led to several several clashes of heads, resulting in a major cut over Alexander’s right eye early in the fight as well as another butt in the tenth round, which caused the ref to wave the fight and call for the judges’ early decision.
The contest, though, was a very competitive affair, fought at a high skill level, with several ebbs and flows throughout. At the time of the stoppage, the judges scorecards were all in favor of Bradley: 97-93, 96-95, and 98-93. The Boxing Tribune scored the fight 97-93, also for Bradley.
The Boxing Tribune Story Behind the Story: Timothy Bradley has been the best 140-pounder in the world for the last two and a half years, but has been slow to get the respect he deserves. The unsatisfying ending of the fight may keep some from giving Bradley full credit, but headbutts or no, Bradley was well on his way to winning the contest and deserves recognition as the top jr. welterweight in the world.
Alexander, on the other hand, showed the world that maybe he needs a bit more seasoning before his mindset and maturity catch up to his world class skills.
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Bradley Wins Technical Decision From Alexander;
"Super Fight" Was Only So-So
By Michael Woods
It was billed as The Super Fight, and let us not mince words. It was not.
It was a decent scrap, the main event pitting Timothy Bradley against Devon Alexander in a junior welterweight consolidation bout at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan on Saturday night. The action was, if not scintillating, at least copious. But the ending was a severe disappointment, especially considering the mammoth hypeathon leading up to the hoped-for rumble in Detroit.
A minute into the tenth, in a bout all saw Bradley in solid control of, a clash of heads occurred. The force of the collision hit Alexander's left eye, not the right eye, which had been sliced open in the third. He yowled in pain, complained that "it burns," shook his head back and forth, clearly in distress, and ref Frank Garza on advice of the physician stopped the bout because Devon was unable to continue. After nine whole rounds and a third of the tenth complete, the judges saw it 97-93, 96-95, 98-93, via technical decision, for Bradley.
Bradley afterwards told Larry Merchant that Devon was a great fighter, and he didn't take the bait when Merchant wondered if the pain was all that bad or he just didn't want to continue. "You have to ask him that," Bradley said. He said he'd be happy to meet Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao as well.
After, Alexander said, "I couldn't see for real, it was burning, I've never been head butted like that, he got a big head, I couldn't see at all. He came in full force. I couldn't see, the doctor said it was in a bad position, so he stopped the fight. But I'm upset. But it's OK." He said he was winning the fight, but backed off when Merchant said the judges saw it otherwise.
Stat-wise, Bradley went 128-419, while Devon went 129-479. Alexander had a 98-89 edge in power punches, or so said the punch counters. Mine eyes told me different.
Steward postbout said the short right was the difference maker for Bradley. Harold Lederman sagely noted late that Alexander moved constantly to his left, right into the right hand. "There's no reason we have to see this fight again at this time," Larry Merchant said after, when asked if the existing rematch clause will be or should be put into play right away. I think all fans will agree. It will be interesting to see if there is an out clause for the network, or they will be compelled to set up and televise a rematch.
Merchant with a majestic ending flourish noted an upswing for boxing, on film and TV. "There is a yearning, there is a void, that people feel that we have to fill for boxing. This didn't fill it exactly tonight. But at leats for one fighter it may be a step out of that void." Well said, poetic one.
Bradley (age 27; from Palm Springs; 27-0 entering; reigning WBO 140 pound champion) weighed 139 1/2 on Friday, 148 on Saturday, while Alexander (age 23; from St. Louis; 21-0 entering; reigning WBC 140 pound champion) was 140, 152 on fight night. HBO broadcast the scrap, with Jim Lampley, Emanuel Steward and Larry Merchant holding down the fort. A coin toss determined who would choose who would come to the ring first, since both men own world championships. Alexander won the toss, and elected to come to the ring second.
In the first, Bradley came out with a stiff jab. He came forward, and Alexander countered smartly, especially with the straight left. Bradley invested in body work early. He drew ahhs with a seven punch combo, as Devon was backed against the ropes. I saw the round for Bradley. Trainer Julio Diaz told Bradley, "You're going to break him down. Let's be very careful, and very smart." Trainer Kevin Cunningham told Devon to wait til Bradley finished, and then immediately get off.
In the second, Devon jabbed, but without full extension. It was like he was doing pad work. That said, he was busier, and looked to be first more. He took the round. After the round, trainer Cunningham told Devon that he should be looking to land a left hand-right hook.
In the third, Bradley came out with more aggression. He landed a nasty left hook, which buzzed Devon a bit. Bradley targeted the gut, to good effect as well. Devon looked to hold, and get Bradley to quit throwing that way. Alexander took a break, with 20 seconds to go, indicating that he was thumbed. A cut formed on his right eyelid. After the round, we saw Cunningham yell at the ref about head butts. The ref said the cut was caused by a punch, but replay showed a head clash. Bradley, by the way, won the round.
In the fourth, Bradley took risk by squaring up, and rat-a-tatting. Devon continued to throw with deadly intent; he almost pulled his punches, at times. A right hook did score well, though. Both men had their moments here. I had a hard time differentiating, so I called it even.
In the fifth, both men landed hooks early. Devon was now in a flow. He was warmed up, had his legs going, and was getting a better rhythm. Bradley wasn't effective in cutting off the ring, and Alexander took the round, clearly.
In the sixth, Bradley got off to a quick start. Devon tried to land the hook, but was short with it, time and again. Bradley landed a sweet right, the best of the bout to this point, with a minute to go. His power shots gave him the edge in round six. After, Cunningham told Devon to jab high and low. Diaz told Bradley that he needed to be busier.
Bradley was up 58-56 on Harold Lederman's card. By the way, the crowd had not been whipped into anything resembling a frenzy to this point.
In the seventh, Bradley threw the first, best combo, sending a message to the judges. Bradley worked harder, and won the round, so I had him ahead 4-2-1. Diaz told him to let his hands go more after the round, just to be safe. The cut over Alexander's right eye, by the way, wasn't closed by cutman Jim Strickland, but it was rendered fairly moot.
In the eighth, Bradley's forward movement told the judges that he was looking to pile up points. Alexander used his legs more, but to what effect? It kept Bradley from landing, but he didn't really capitalize. Both men had their moments, it was a hard round to score, but Bradley had the edge based on volume.
In the ninth, Bradley clanged with a right, after Alexander tapped him with a left down the middle. The right from in close was a winner for Bradley, and he took another round on the TSS-at-home card. The mouse on Devon's eyelid looked like fat NYC subway rat by this time. The crowd was on their best church behavior.
In the 10th, there was another clash of heads. Alexander moaned as a doctor looked at his right eye. "F---, it burns," Devon said. He was shaking his head, trying to shake off the pain. The ref said because of the butt, and Devon being affected, and unwilling or unable to continue, we'd go to the cards.
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Bradley strikes out Alexander to become unified champion
by Bart Barry
PONTIAC, Mich. – There’s a reason it’s hard to get in the major leagues with a hitch in your swing. St. Louis’ Devon Alexander may have made it to the majors, but Saturday night he ran into a first-rate pitcher in Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and got struck out.
In the main event of “The Super Fight,” boxing’s debut in the Silverdome, California’s Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) defeated Alexander (21-1, 13 KOs) by technical-decision after fewer than 10 rounds – when the fight was stopped because of an accidental head butt – and did so by scores of 97-93, 96-95 and 98-93, establishing himself as the world’s premier junior welterweight.
The 15rounds.com ringside scorecard concurred, scoring the match a lopsided 99-92 for Bradley.
While both fighters began tense and nervous in the opening rounds, Bradley loosened up, catching Alexander with one decisive right hand in each stanza, and bullying Alexander with ineffective aggressiveness. Alexander appeared overwhelmed, never finding his range or setting a successful trap.
As the fight progressed, Bradley detected the massive hitch in Alexander’s proverbial swing: Alexander cocks his every combination. Once Bradley deciphered this, he hit Alexander awkwardly and often. Alexander had begun to fade when the two fighters’ heads collided severely enough in round 10 to disrupt Alexander’s vision and cause the ringside doctor to advise a stoppage.
After the fight, Bradley graciously called Alexander a warrior, promising the St. Louis native would one day be champion again. Bradley then quixotically called-out Manny Pacquiao, a junior-middleweight titlist who would likely whup him.
VERNON PARIS VS. EMANUEL AUGUSTUS
Vernon Paris (24-0, 14 KOs), the undefeated Detroit junior welterweight the largest number of Saturday’s fans came to see, might have reviewed his opponent’s record and smirked during training camp. But Emanuel Augustus (38-34-6, 20 KOs) proved to be a humorless test for Paris, who, despite being roughed-up, frustrated and worn-down, won by unanimous-decision scores of 76-73, 77-72 and 77-72.
Augustus, a veteran of 77 fights who now calls himself “The Outlaw,” would not be run out the ring. He resorted to a large number of the tricks in his substantial bag to take the younger and faster crowd-favorite off his game. Once Augustus had Paris distracted, he began talking to him, dancing between rounds and fouling him wherever the referee couldn’t see.
The referee did see enough antics, though, to penalize Augustus two points for a fraction of the indiscretions he committed.
But whatever the final tally, Augustus proved he can still teach a young fighter, and Vernon Paris still has plenty left to learn.
The penultimate undercard match of the night saw its most-devastating knockout as Miami heavyweight Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (20-1-1, 19 KOs) rocked then ruined Trinidad and Tobago’s Kertson Manswell (19-1, 15 KOs), stopping him at 1:52 of the second round – with a 1-2 followed by four left hooks – to take the ‘0’ from the loss side of Manswell’s ledger.
In the evening’s sixth and dullest fight, Marcus Oliveira (21-0-1, 16 KOs), an undefeated Kansas light-heavyweight, decisioned Detroit’s Demetrius Jenkins (21-18-1, 16 KOs) by unanimous scores of 60-54.
The evening’s second-most-lopsided mismatch came in its fifth bout, as New Jersey’s Kendall “Rated R” Holt (26-4, 13 KOs) made an NC-17 mess of Florida welterweight Lenin Arroyo (20-15-1, 4 KOs), knocking him cold at 1:50 of the first round and causing the few knowledgeable fans in attendance to wonder why a prizefighter of Holt’s caliber would even be making eight-round tilts with 14-loss journeymen.
New York welterweight Allen Conyers (12-4, 9 KOs) calls himself “Dream Shatterer,” and in the fourth fight of Saturday’s Silverdome card, formerly undefeated Texan James De La Rosa (20-1, 12 KOs) learned why. Dropped thrice and made to look like a lousy Zab Judah impersonator, De La Rosa dropped the first decision of his career, losing a 10-round fight by three scores of 95-92.
Saturday’s most-lopsided mismatch came in its third bout, when Philadelphia’s Julian Williams (5-0, 4 KOs) blew directly through Indiana’s Alan Moore (2-10, 2 KOs) in 28 seconds to win a first-round technical knockout. Moore’s shaky legs at the opening bell and complete want of competitiveness raised questions of how he was even able to attain a license from the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission.
Before that, in an entertaining eight-round super middleweight scrap, Detroit’s own “Son of a Preacher Man” Darryl Cunningham (22-2, 10 KOs) outclassed Dominican Alberto Mercedes (16-15, 10 KOs), dropping him in the final round and winning by three, unanimous-decision scores of 60-53. Despite absorbing punches and being hurt at the 1:30 mark of round 8, though, Mercedes stayed game throughout, even dissuading the onrushing Cunningham in the fight’s final minute.
Saturday’s opening fight, California welterweight Julio Diaz (38-6, 26 KOs) versus Tijuana’s Pavel Miranda (16-7-1, 8 KOs), ended in an eighth-round TKO for Diaz when a disappointing Miranda could not continue.
Doors for “The Super Fight” opened at 6:00 PM, and the opening bell rang on an empty arena at 6:15. The event’s promoters announced an attendance of 6,247.
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Bradley unifies titles with technical decision vs. Alexander
By Ace Freeman
Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley unified the WBC and WBO light welterweight world titles with a rugged ten round technical decision win against previously unbeaten Devon Alexander moments ago in Pontiac, Michigan when the bout was stopped after Alexander was injured by an accidental clash of heads. It was a fast start at the opening bell as both men traded quick punches early on at the highest of skill levels. Bradley was the aggressor but Alexander did well countering and mounting his offence off the back foot. Bradley found a home for his right hand early while Alexander countered well with his right hook. Some high octane exchanges in the third saw both men land some exciting blows. A clash of heads at the end of the round left Alexander with a cut above his right eye.
Bradley continued pressing forward looking to exert his strength while Alexander utilized good movement and flurried effectively with fast punches.
While Bradley looked to have an edge in the first half of the fight Alexander seemed to loosen up in the middle rounds and started to let his hands go a little bit more.
While Bradley’s strength and pressure remained constant the fight became tighter as Alexander summoned a higher activity level.
In Round 10 the fighters collided heads in the center of the ring and the point of impact appeared to be on the same spot where Alexander had sustained a previous cut.
The doctor was called on to the ring apron where he examined a distraught Alexander.
The fight was called to a halt due to the accidental clash of heads and the bout went to the scorecards after ten rounds.
Scores were 97-93, 96-95 and 98-93… all for Timothy Bradley.
With the win Bradley unified the WBC and WBO light welterweight titles and improved to 27-0 (11 KOs) while Alexander falls to 21-1 (13 KOs).
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