Bradley gets disappointing decision over Alexander

January 31, 2011 in Boxing, Sport by pacejmiller

Bradley and Alexander in their title unification bout

This one was just for the boxing purists.

Few people might know about them, but undefeated junior weleterewights (140 lbs) Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander took each other on in a unificaton bout over the weekend.

As it turned out, there was a good reason why neither guy is not more famous — because the fight kind of stunk, and neither demonstrated the kind of skill that would earn them a shot against the likes of Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr (if he avoids prison).  Perhaps even Amir Khan would be too much to ask.

Bradley (now 27-0, 11 KOs) won a technical decision over Alexander (now 21-1, 13 KOs) after the fight was stopped in round 10 because of a cut resulting from an accidental headbutt.

Bradley led with his big head all night and managed to be leading when the fight was stopped, with scores of 97-93, 96-95 and 98-93, and came away with the decision in front of around 6000 fans (9000 capacity), most of whom booed when the fight ended.

It was a pretty boring fight without much serious action, and neither boxer put the other in any real trouble.  CompuBox numbers reflected the way the fight went down —  Alexander was credited with landing 129 of 475 punches (27 percent) while Bradley landed 128 of 419 (31 percent).  For a 10 round fight, that’s only 13 landed punches for each fighter per round.

A real shame because this was a fight many fans had been looking forward to, especially with the disappointment over the Pacquiao-Mayweather fallout and the fact that Pacquiao picked old Sugar Shane Mosley as his next victim instead of Juan Manuel Marquez or even Andre Berto.

Needless to say, Alexander wants a rematch, but I doubt one will be made, or at least one fight fans will want to see.