Last night HBO special
never had a chance of living up to the hype – for one
thing, we all had neglected the old cliché "styles
To give credit to the
Bradley performance, he pretty much worked his usual
style of bringing the action - but the onus goes to
Alexander who has the tools of a quick handed counter
puncher, but failed to use the port side advantage
The point-stat computer
numbers read like we were watching a tightly contested
affair with Alexander landing more punches than
Bradley - on that note, the HBO-Showtime-ESPN fight
channels should collectively dismiss those punching
the keys, and disband it come scoring boxing.
Maybe, just maybe, had
the early stanza three meeting of the minds not
happened, with Alexander coming out second best and
leaking over the right eye, the fight could have lived
up to the pre-fight shout.
Most Alexander punches
arrived from outside the proverbial 3-point line, when
touching the target there was nothing of significance
left - while Bradley, sloppy at times, carried the
demeanor of a fighter more intent on coming out a
flashes of past performance during stanza seven, and
was doing well in numero eight, until late in the
round when another inadvertent head butt saw him
coming out second best.
Finally candle ten, and
another clash of noggins sees Alexander pleading no
mas to referee Frank Garza who invited the house quack
in for a second opinion – result, end of the action by
going to the scorecards.
All three judges saw
Bradley the winner 97-93, 98-93, 96-95 - my unofficial
agreed Bradley 98-92 in points and 8-2 under round by
Post Scripts: Timothy
Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) ~ age 27 - what you see is what
you get - a well conditioned, no frills tough customer
who arrives to wage war. At times can become reckless
but at this point remains unbeaten.
Devon Alexander (21-1,
13 KOs) ~ age 23 - young enough to recover from first
career debit. But first the assorted skills in need of
Less celebrity may also
help the cause. He will likely return, as the late
General Mac once did after leaving Corregidor early in
WW2 when things got too hot.