Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Timothy Bradley Makes His Welterweight Presence Felt

By Ryan Burton

At the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11KOs) made his welterweight presence felt, and kept his unbeaten record intact, with a unanimous twelve round decision over previously undefeated Carlos Abregu (29-1, 23KOs).

The scores were 118-110, 116-112 and 117-111.

Fighting in front of his hometown fans, Bradley was a hair less quick at welterweight with his punches. Bradley's punches are shot a little faster at his regular fighting weight of 140-pounds, but he showed more power with his noticeably bigger, chiseled body.

Bradley won the first round with a crisp jab and by using his speed. A cut opened up above Bradley's right eye as they clashed heads. Referee Jack Reiss was quick to rule it as an accidental head butt.  

The second round was more of the same. Abregu had a lot of trouble adjusting to Bradley's speed. In the final minute of the round, Bradley connected on an overhand right that stunned and almost dropped his opponent. That was the moment it appeared the move in weight may have actually helped Bradley with his power.

Bradley won the third round but Abregu began to find his range with the counter left. During the fourth, Bradley speed and aggressiveness played a key role, but it also opened him as Abregu landed an lead right hand and followed it up, which forced Bradley to hold on. The power of Abregu's shots appeared to steal the round - even though blood began trickle from above his right eye.

Bradley's left jab was very effective in keeping Abregu in place during the fifth, and allowed him to jump in with right hooks and left overhand bombs with ease.

The sixth was a repeat of the fifth, and so was the seventh until the halfway mark when they clashed heads very hard for the second time in the fight. Abregu went down to the canvas but it appeared Bradley had landed a right to his body.

It was hard to tell what actually sent him down, the punch or the clash of heads. In any event, the ref waved it off and gave Abregu some time to recover. The crowd jumped in delight as Bradley closed the round by staggering Abregu with several hard combinations.

Abregu regained his composure in the eighth round and landed a hard right hook that got Bradley's attention. It was a more competitive round for Abregu, but not enough to change the course of the fight.

The ninth round began at a slower pace. Listening to the instructions of his corner, Abregu became more aggressive. Bradley spent the first half of the round fighting off the back foot - but Abregu was lured into his trap. Bradley began to land hard counter lefts and rights. Abregu was unsteady, and showed his fighting spirit by coming back in the final thirty seconds with combinations of his own to push Bradley back.  

Bradley went back to his counter punching style in the tenth. The in-and-out approach was still successful as Abregu could only land an occasional punch. Abregu, breathing hard from an open mouth, continued valiantly in the 11th round, but couldn't change the fight.  

Abregu knew he needed a knockout as the final round began. He landed a hard right and left on Bradley. Abregu was still very determined to pull off the upset, but Bradley took his time and slowed the fight down. Bradley knew he was well ahead on the scorecards and rather than play it safe by coasting until the final bell, he was determined to close the show in style.

The final minute of the fight had the crowd back on their feet. Bradley stood his ground by exchanging power punches with Abregu until the bell.

In the co-feature, Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo improved to 19-1 (16KO) by scoring a first-round technical knockout over Joachim Alcine (32-2) in their WBC junior middleweight eliminator.

The action started with Alcine landing the first big shot of the evening. Alcine appeared to be winning the first half of the round when his arms became entangled with those of Angulo. In a veteran move, Alcine was holding on to Angulo's left arm in what he perceived to be an advantage. Normally it is, but he left himself wide open and "El Perro" used his free hand to unload right hooks to Alcine's head.

Referee Lou Moret didn't break up the holding and it appeared that was the only reason that Alcine was able to stay on his feet. Seconds later, it appeared that Angulo may have punched himself out as Alcine weathered the storm and started to land punches of his own.

Angulo started firing back in a wild exchange of power shots and was getting the better of the firefight, landing consecutive shots to Alcine's head against the ropes. The Canadian fighter appeared to be out on his feet and stopped firing back. Moret jumped in to stop the contest with a second left in the first round.

The three minutes of action is a possible Round of the Year candidate.

The fight was so short that we didn't have a chance to see the improvements made to Angulo by strength and conditioning coach Darryl Hudson.

Angulo is now the number one contender to the vacant WBC junior middleweight title. We don't know who Angulo will be fighting for that title but like he says, "if you see the name Alfredo 'El Perro' Angulo on a fight card - you know it will be an exciting fight."

Send questions or comments to [email protected]

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TBE on 07-19-2010

Berto/Bradley is probably the best fight to be made right now. Bradley would serve as a tune up fight for Pacquiao. Be realistic. Berto/Bradley is a great B+ boxing matchup for boxing fans. Neither are on Manny Pacquiao or Floyd…

Comment by deuce_drop on 07-19-2010

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;8856744]That has never been a prerequisite to winning a boxing match. Ask Shane.[/QUOTE] yeah not at all, but he'll be up against bigger guys so his power will be a factor, im sure he'll handle himself well.

Comment by LeadUppercut on 07-19-2010

[QUOTE=deuce_drop;8848175]one thing i noticed was that abregu was able to adjust to bradleys power and was taking his shots, i'm not saying bradley didnt hurt or stun abregu, but after the second round abregu was getting hit with a lot…

Comment by kc1 on 07-19-2010

Who's really #1 Alexander or Bradley the world wants to know.So bradley needs to stop running.

Comment by kc1 on 07-19-2010

If bradley does'nt fight alexander next he's a fraud.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (38)
Top Headlines Cuadras Sides With Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. To Take Down Canelo Canelo-Chavez: Big Promotional Tour on Tap, Big Undercard Plans Photos: David Lemieux, Curtis Stevens - Face To Face in Montreal Chris Eubank Jr: I Can Beat Gennady Golovkin, He's Not The Truth! Photos: Adam Lopez vs. Danny Roman - Official Weigh-in Leo Santa Cruz: I’ll Fight Different Than in First Frampton Bout Froch: I'm Very Confident Callum Smith Beats Anthony Dirrell Juan Jose Velasco Faces Fernando Marin in WBA Regional Clash Oscar Valdez Yearns For Gary Russell Unification Bout Dejan Zlaticanin: I Will Catch Mikey Garcia and Knock Him Out Brooklyn Boxing With a Big 2016, Bigger 2017 is Expected Garcia Feels His Resume Stronger Than Thurman's, Has Proven More Kid Galahad vs. Joseph Agbeko on Eubank-Quinlan PPV Card Dodson Offered Buglioni Title Shot; Would Land On Haye-Bellew Golden Boy Promotions, ESPN Announce Multi-Year TV Deal Callum Smith: If Dirrell is Next in Line For WBC Belt - Let's Do It! Richard Commey, Fredrick Lawson Back in Action on March 11 Michael Conlan on His Relationship With Conor McGregor Trainer: Charlo Should Fight Top 15 Middleweight, Become a Contender Hearn on Brook-Spence: Khan Worth 3 Times More, 3 Times Easier Thurman: Angel Garcia Wants the Limelight; Should Let Son Speak DeGale: Groves Should Drop WBA Shot, Fight Me For The IBF! Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams Showdown in Play For April 8 Callum Smith's Trainer is Not Buying Badou Jack's Weight Issues Haye, Bellew Could Lose Licenses if Further Violence, Says Hearn Dina Thorslund Wants Mikkel Kessler as a Number Boy Lara's Trainer: Canelo is Facing Chavez Jr. at 165, No GGG at 160? Manny Pacquiao is Stumped: I Don't Know Who Jeff Horn is? Gervonta Davis Vows: I Will Be That Next Pay-Per-View Star! Michael Conlan Puts Olympics Behind Him, Has Big Career Goals Marquez Gives Canelo The Clear Edge Over Much Bigger Chavez Jr. Thurman: My Power, Speed Will Rise Above Garcia's 'Swiftness' DeGale-Jack Drew an Average of 454,000 Viewers on Showtime Thurman Hopes He and Garcia Can Draw 8 Million Viewers on CBS Cuadras Warns: Chocolatito Was Afraid, Rungvisai Might KO Him! Rob Brant's Ring Return Moves on With Late Replacement Keith Thurman to Danny Garcia: You’re Getting Knocked Out Badou Jack Vacates WBC Title, Officially Moves Up To 175-Pounds Video: Angel Garcia Talks Keith Thurman Unification Video: Keith Thurman Breaks Down Danny Garcia, Angel Garcia
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement