RANCHO MIRAGE, CA.-Two seemingly explosive junior welterweight world title fights ended in duds due to injuries but you won’t hear the winners Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Devon Alexander complaining.

Bradley was expecting his greatest challenge for the WBO junior welterweight title from Nate Campbell and Alexander was fighting for the vacant WBC title against Great Britain’s Junior Witter. There was action, but not enough of it for the fans.

A sold out crowd of more than 2,300 at Agua Caliente Casino saw Bradley (25-0, 12 KOs) successfully defend his WBO title when Campbell’s cut left eye forced the referee to stop the fight at the end of the third round.

Just when it was beginning to get exciting.

In Bradley’s fight against Florida veteran boxer-puncher Campbell, much was expected between the young rising star from Palm Springs and the fiery former lightweight world champion. But a cut over Campbell’s left eyebrow saw ringside physician Howard Baer look at the cut at the end of the third round and advised referee David Mendoza to stop the fight. The referee had ruled the cut was caused by a punch and not an accidental clash of heads. According to California rules, the fight was called a technical knockout victory for Bradley.

Campbell vehemently protested the stoppage.

“It was a head butt. A cut like that was from a head butt not from a punch,” said Campbell (33-6-1, 25 KOs), who argued with the referee declaring Bradley the winner. “How can they call it a TKO? It was a head butt, its’ televised.”

According to the three judges Bradley won all three rounds.

“He showed his face and I was victorious. I attacked. The ref was doing his job,” said Bradley about Campbell’s complaints. “I was just doing my job, it didn’t matter. He was getting older and older throughout the fight.”

Bradley’s speedy combinations were proving effective in the first three rounds, but most of the fans were waiting for Campbell to begin using is veteran guile. The cut ended the fight and now the Floridian is seeking a rematch.

No arguments from Bradley.

“Easy money,” said Bradley. “Easy money.”

Campbell said it’s not over.

Lamont Peterson, who is next up for Bradley if there is no rematch with Campbell, said he thought the Palm Springs fighter was ahead.

“He was winning the fight,” said Peterson.

WBC title winner

Former world champion Junior Witter, who lost his title to Bradley, suddenly walked from his stool after the eighth round and congratulated Devon Alexander to his surprise and give the vacant WBC junior welterweight title to the American by technical knockout at the end of the eighth round.

Witter said he injured his left elbow and could not continue.

“I injured my left hand I couldn’t get the hit I wanted to and lost the power in my left hand,” explained Witter (37-3-2, 22 KOs) who seemed ahead on points to numerous fight writers. “Every time I punched I felt a jolt in my left elbow. It wouldn’t allow me use my power.”

Alexander looked both ways after Witter congratulated him in between rounds.

“I got it,” said Alexander (19-0, 12 KOs) of St. Louis. “I want to stay humble. That’s why I train so hard.”

Witter used his speed and awkwardness to offset Alexander’s pressure. But from the fourth round on, Witter could not land a left jab and switched to southpaw where he seemed to be more successful and landed plenty of right jabs.

“I felt the fight was quite even. I had a hairline fracture to my left hand six months ago, I felt like I re-injured it again in the fourth round. The pain would move from my hand to a joint in my elbow and wouldn’t allow me the punching power,” said Witter. “If you noticed, I tried to switch it and finish with my left and I couldn’t.”

The judges remarkably gave Alexander almost every round perhaps because he was the constant aggressor. But Witter landed the cleaner blows.

K-West Wins

Unable to find a bantamweight willing to fight, Kaliesha West (11-1, 2 KOs) accepted Rolanda Andrews (8-8-1, 4 KOs) a full-fledged featherweight with heavy punches. But the Moreno Valley fighter used her speed and punch volume to win a six round unanimous decision over the fighter from Atlanta. The judges scored it 59-55 twice and 58-56 for West.

West’s had the speed advantage but Andrews has that left handed power that neutralizes the Moreno Valley’s speed. Most of the first round was spent checking each other’s moves and footwork.

In the second round Andrews began finding a home for her right hook that repeatedly landed. After one hook, West began moving her jaw and Andrew jumped after her, but was unable to follow it up.

“I changed my mouthpiece the last minute and I had to get used to it,” said West.

Andrews kept the right hooks coming in the second round. West’s combinations and quick right hands were finding the target, but then Andrews would land that right hook. A red mark on West left cheekbone was visible.

In the third round Andrews began to tire. Though she kept landing right hooks and occasional left hands, West began firing combinations that left her opponent covering up.

With Andrews tiring, especially toward the second minute of the last two rounds, West picked up her punch count and began loading up the points against the bigger and heavier fighter.

“I was listening to her breath and I hear it getting heavier in the third round. So I knew I should pick it up at the end of the round in order to finish it,” West said.

In the final two rounds West began to press Andrews carefully in the first minute before slipping into another gear. Her speed and punch output convinced the judges on the scorecards 59-55 twice and 58-56.

“I felt the difference with her being bigger immediately,” said West. “Usually when I hit someone in a fight they back up, she didn’t let up.”

La Puente’s Abe “Chamaco” Lopez (8-0, 7 KOs) only needed 16 seconds to land a left hook to the body of Las Vegas fighter Edward Utorov (7-11) in the first round.

Riverside’s Albert Herrera (4-0, 3 KOs) stopped Montana’s John Red Tomahawk (3-5, 3 KOs) at 2:33 of the first round. Herrera landed a left hook to floor Tomahawk on the first knockdown and followed it up with several left uppercuts on the second knockdown of a junior middleweight bout.

Ontario’s Jonathan Arellano (2-0) stopped Escondido’s Fernando Moreno (0-1) at 2:49 of the second round in a junior featherweight fight.

Miami’s John Jackson (15-1, 13 KOs) scored two knockdowns in winning by unanimous decision against Indio’s Carlos Hernandez (14-8-1) in a rugged 10-round lightweight fight. Judges scores were 97-91 twice and 97-92 for Jackson.

Heavyweight Demetrius King (15-17, 13 KOs) knocked out Bowie Tupou (18-1, 14 KOs) 52 seconds of the second round.


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[url=http://www.cdb.tv/boxeo-vivio-una-noche-de-rivalidad-maxima-en-colombia] Boxeo vivi? una noche de Rivalidad M?xima -Baranquilla, Colombia.- En una pela en la que dej? *muchas dudas, el colombiano Hugo Berrio gan? por decisi?n un?nime de 97-93, 98-92 y 100-90 ante el venezolano Gustavo Vera en una contienda que logro llenar las expectativas por el agradable espect?culo que ofrecieron los protagonistas la noche del viernes en el Coliseo El?as Chewing de Barranquilla. Despu?s de un primer asalto de mucho estudio por ambos p?giles, Berrio intento sorprender para el segundo asalto, lanzando fuertes golpes cruzados que intentaban impactar la humanidad de Vera. Pero este se supo adaptar r?pidamente y meterse en la pelea. El Samario continuo llevando la pelea a corta distancia cuerpo a cuerpo, pero Vera supo plantearse firme sobre el entarimado y respondi? de gran manera a la propuesta de Berrio incluso logrando en un par de ocasiones estremecer al coste?o. Con sus constantes ataques Vera puso al descubierto una blanda defensa la cual era impactada por ganchos de derecha y buenas combinaciones de volados. Ya para la segunda mitad de la contienda, dar?a un giro total. Berrio cambio la t?ctica y abandono el cuerpo a cuerpo para moverse por todo el ring y esperar al contragolpe. De esta manera Vera siempre iba en busca de un Berrio que sab?a mantener la distancia y contraatacar en los momentos indicados, lo que lo volvi? a meter en la pelea.   Otros resultados: Giovanni Barraza nuevo campe?n nacional En un emocionante combate en el cual domino en su mayor?a Barraza se convirti? en campe?n nacional de Colombia en la categor?a welter, en su octava pelea de su trayectoria profesional ganando por nocaut en el sexto asalto a Luis Guillermo Berrio. Cabe resaltar quien sali? a buscar el nocaut fue Berrio, que desde los primeros segundos de la pelea, logro conectar un izquierdazo a la humanidad de Barraza, que lo afect? notablemente. Sin embargo el Barranquillero supo aguantar el impacto. Despu?s del sorprendente arranque de la pelea, Barraza se adue?? del cuadril?tero sabiendo llevar a su oponente contra las cuerdas y conectando los mejores golpes a su estilo. El cartagenero respond?a de manera desesperada al castigo pero dejando al descubierto su defensa lo que aprovecho Barraza para contragolpear a su rival con mucha fortaleza. Ya en el tercer asalto Berrio mermo su ritmo de competencia, lo que fue aprovechado por Barraza, logrando una gran combinaci?n de golpes que llevaron a la lona al cartagenero el cual logro ponerse de pie al final del conteo realizado por el juez. Para el cuarto asalto Giovanni supo manejar con tranquilidad todo el episodio. En el quinto asalto Barraza contagiado por el apoyo del p?blico presente que jugaba a su favor, decidi? salir acabar a su rival. Aunque lo dejo tambaleando no pudo dar el toque final. Para el sexto asalto Barraza m?s que motivado y decido acabar con la pelea dio el golpe final. Con un derechazo que impact? en la humanidad en la humanidad de Berrio dejando tendido en la lona. De inmediato el p?blico presente no se hizo esperar, en un griter?o general, y el ring se llen? de personas que quer?an celebrar con el nuevo campe?n nacional.   Gregory Vera logr? una gran victoria en Colombia. Aunque el venezolano, Gregory Vera no brill? en su debut fuera de su tierra dobleg? por nocaut al colombiano Luis Zambrano, quien quej?ndose de un gran dolor en su mano derecha no logro salir para el quinto round La pelea se desarroll? la noche del viernes 23 de septiembre en el Coliseo El?as Chewing de la ciudad de Barranquilla, Colombia. personal de la defensa civil. De esta manera el peleador oriundo de Venezuela, logr? su primera victoria fuera de su tierra aumentando su record a 10-0, de las cuales 4 han sido por la v?a r?pida.