January 27th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
New York, NY – In a rare occurrence, weekend action is highlighted with a meaningful scrapbetween two young undefeated champions who are commendably stepping up their level of previously protected opposition to unify titles in one of boxing’s most talented weight classes.
SOMEBODY’S O HAS GOTTA GO
WBC belt holder Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) squares off against WBO strap carrier Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) over 12 scheduled light welterweight (140) rounds at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, Saturday at 10 PM ET on HBO.
WORKING AT PERFECTION
Unblemished against decent opposition, Devon Alexander has done everything asked of him and continues at his quest to impress. Throughout his seven-year career, Devon has virtually dominated every foe that has welcomed his challenge. Originally
crafted as a boxer, recently Alexander has acquired “lights out” type of power to his already established repertoire. The transformation of becoming a more “complete” fighter was most apparent two fights ago when he beat down durable former champ Juan Urango ( W TKO 8 ) to claim his seventh knockout in his last ten affairs.
CHAMP ON THE RISE
Two years removed from his impressive title winning effort over Junior Witter (W UD 12), Timothy Bradley has slugged it out against most of the top pugs in a talent deep division of 140 pounders. Despite such accolade; by having just one lone knockout victory his last ten contests, Bradley’s bouts have made for some unmemorable affairs. Beneath the bright lights in the biggest night of his career against his toughest adversary to date, Timothy will look to deliver an emphatic win in a more impressive crowd pleasing fashion. If successful, Bradley will command the most important facet of the game which he has lacked: entertainment.
STYLES MAKES FIGHTS: WHAT TO EXPECT
Being that both combatants are ultimately formatted as “boxers” not “brawlers”, limits the intrigue of a possible contrast in styles. In consideration of their combined record of 47 perfect contests (albeit an impressive statistic), only 24 of their bouts have ended within the distance. Being that each man has proven to be cautious against lower level of opposition and now face each other in an extremely big fight with a lot to lose, expect it to be a long night.
“OTHER” TELEVISED ACTION
ESPN KICKS THINGS OFF
Each installment of the popular series “Friday Night Fights” presents news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week, pugilistic action begins with a heavyweight tilt featuring former world title challenger Chris Arreola (29-2, 25 KOs) against heavy handed journeymen Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) over 10 rounds or less at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, Friday at 9 PM ET on ESPN 2.
“SLEEPER” CARD ON SATURDAY
Son of a legend, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) meets John Duddy conquer Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KOs) in a 12 round middleweight (160) showdown at the Estadio Banortein in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, Saturday at 10 PM ET on Fox Deportes.