Tim Bradley Out-Throws Chaves, But Judges See Split Draw

The former junior welter and welter champ Tim Bradley took on rugged man Diego Chaves in the main event on HBO, from the Cosmo in Vegas, and this was wiseman Tim, who boxed smart, frequently moving and not letting Chaves get set. Bradley wasn’t in runner mode; he looked to land sharp with overhand rights, and indeed did jazz the crowd with clean connects. But the judges got mixed messages; they saw scores of 116-112 (for Chaves, from Julie Lederman), 115-113 (Bradley, from Burt Clements), 114-114 (from Craig Metcalf), and a split draw.

Bradley went 225-572 to 152-570 for Chaves.

Julie’s proud pop Harold Lederman had it 8-4 for Bradley. His daughter Julie had it for the other guy, so one wonders what the talk was at breakfast in the household of that wondrous boxing lifer family lol.

Chaves wasn’t in the same class, and this was a drama free bout, basically, to me, though the word of the judges will have the most resonant say..

Word is Bradley might move to 154 next, but he seemed not so into that plan when he talked to Max Kellerman after. He wasn’t crazily disturbed, but yes, thought he won. He made $2 million for the outing, so that’s some potent novocaine for the bee-stung soul, eh?

Chaves (146 1/2; 23-2 with 19 Kos) came from Argentina, while Bradley (145 3/4 31-1 with 12 Kos), came from Cali.

In the first, Chaves came out gunning, with a bomber right, which Bradley slipped. Chaves hunted with the right, and the overhand right from Tim was a sharp counter. Tim landed 15 to Chaves’ 11.

In the second, a right landed on Chaves and the crowd dug it. We saw swelling under Bradley’s left eye. Bradley was moving so smartly, not getting silly or into trades. He didn’t want to let Chaves get set at all.

In the third, Tim jabbed to the body, and looked to be on message.

In the fourth, Chaves had trouble with the volume, and the movement. Tim was looking to work in close now more so; he ate a straight right late, but all in all, was in a good mode.

In the fifth, it was more inside fighting, head to head, as both clanged to the body. A left hook by Bradley landed smartly, and then his corner asked for “spark” after. In the sixth, Tim got more distance between them. The left eye was swollen pretty bad on Tim. The Chaves team liked his work, and said he looked relaxed.

In the seventh, they tangled in tight. A right hook while pulling out was just one of the array of shots which Bradley landed. The Chaves corner asked for a sneaky right after the round. In the eighth, we saw the stubby strongman Bradley pop a jab, then windmill. A crisp right had the crowd buzzing for Bradley. In round nine and ten, Brad stayed smart. He moved and didn’t let Chaves get set to bomb. The sneaky quick jab irked Chaves. The swelling, off a butt, didn’t keep Bradley from using his fine footwork. A low blow gave Chaves some extra time in 11; they commenced and Bradley kept shuffling left, worked the angles, won the round. Same for the 12th; we went to the cards….Oh, the cards, the cards, always we await, with bated breath, as Teddy Atlas’ cardiologist cringes in expectant sympathy.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Wow! It was bad judging name on HBO. Bradley dominated. Maybe the judges were watching his swollen mug, especially that left eye. Bradley should go back to his veggie diet. Eating that red meat, garlic and onions are what caused him to swell up. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

This was karma's way of getting back at Bradley for the Pacquiao gift those judges gave him.. Bradley, albeit a top tier warrior doesn't have top tier talent, he doesn't have a "style" that really works.. He's all over the place, if you look at his last 4 fights (Provo, Marquez, Pac, Chavez) he fought them all in a different style, Tim Bradley thinks like he's a puncher but he's not. The Way he outboxed Marquez was masterful then he fought like Mike Tyson against Pac, and tonight he went inside then back out when he could've easily dominated boxing at a distance... For a "boxer" he's too easy to hit with clean shots and I think at 154 he'll get KO'd and seriously hurt by someone, he's taken a lot of punishment upstairs in the last 2-3 years...


-Radam G :

This was karma's way of getting back at Bradley for the Pacquiao gift those judges gave him.. Bradley, albeit a top tier warrior doesn't have top tier talent, he doesn't have a "style" that really works.. He's all over the place, if you look at his last 4 fights (Provo, Marquez, Pac, Chavez) he fought them all in a different style, Tim Bradley thinks like he's a puncher but he's not. The Way he outboxed Marquez was masterful then he fought like Mike Tyson against Pac, and tonight he went inside then back out when he could've easily dominated boxing at a distance... For a "boxer" he's too easy to hit with clean shots and I think at 154 he'll get KO'd and seriously hurt by someone, he's taken a lot of punishment upstairs in the last 2-3 years...
His problems are that he has had a lot of injuries. I think he can do well if he can prevent the injuries. And he fought 152lbs as an amateur. He is a big dude, who is just short. He is wide with a big dome and boat-size feet. Going up in weight, might give him punching pop and power. He has always gone down two or three weight divisions because of his height. I can see him having more power and pop, as a lot of short pugs gain when they move up. Holla!


-amayseng :

I was pulling for Chavez but no way he drew with Tim. Tim's styles vary because he adjusts well to whoever he is fighting. Chavez was rough and rugged and landed some good shots but TB clearly beat him landing more, cleaner and effective punches. Terrible decision, and the Herrera BS was disturbing as he put on a lesson.


-Skibbz :

I think after provodnikov tim decided to throw boxing out of the window and accept a fight at the earliest opportunity. He might revert back to boxing but not if he ventures north.. But it wasn't a draw, two bad decisions on this card, the judges should be held to account and have their eyes tested.


-The Commish :

This was karma's way of getting back at Bradley for the Pacquiao gift those judges gave him.. Bradley, albeit a top tier warrior doesn't have top tier talent, he doesn't have a "style" that really works.. He's all over the place, if you look at his last 4 fights (Provo, Marquez, Pac, Chavez) he fought them all in a different style, Tim Bradley thinks like he's a puncher but he's not. The Way he outboxed Marquez was masterful then he fought like Mike Tyson against Pac, and tonight he went inside then back out when he could've easily dominated boxing at a distance... For a "boxer" he's too easy to hit with clean shots and I think at 154 he'll get KO'd and seriously hurt by someone, he's taken a lot of punishment upstairs in the last 2-3 years...
Exactly. A bunch of us were watching and talking about how Bradley's style changes from fight to fight. I realize it's important to be adept and boxing's many facets, but every time he steps in the ring, I feel as if I'm watching a guy who looks like Tim Bradley but fights differently than the Tim Bradley I saw in his last fight...and in the fight before that...and in the fight before that... It's one thing to have a fight plan, but it's entirely another thing when you change your style in order to make your fight plan work. As for karma? Perhaps. Bradley didn't win against Manny Pacquiao in their first fight and he was handed the victory. Against Chaves, he looked to win a was handed a draw. I guess like he did against Manny Pacquiao, we'll just have to do this one again. -Randy G.


-SouthPawFlo :

I just think he gets hit too much, he has the athleticism and footwork to outpouring these slower fighters easier, but sometimes he's in the pocket trying to slug, and even with his head movement, that dome seems to be a magnet for leather... Anybody watching the fights lastnight really feel that Tim Bradley is better than Amir Khan??? I don't....


-brownsugar :

Bradley should have boxed...like he did Marquez.... He fought the first six rounds like a brawling madman but could not finish as strongly as he started. The key is to box within his abilities and hone his skills, not to come out trying to be something he's not (a slugger). Bradley needs to make peace with who he is....a good athletic boxer, but his true style is not mister excitement. Khan or Thurman would eat him alive I f he fought them like that. Get back to basics TB.


-Radam G :

TB is talented like that. I have told you guys that he is a chameleon of styles. And a petty good one. You cannot hate on a person that has a thousand-and-one styles. That is some adjusting syet. As an amateur, nobody knew what style that he was coming in at, and now the same thing is happening as a a pro. I bet no one thought that they would ever hear this from me, but Tim Bradley is a boxing/fighting genius. Big salutes to his trainer Joel Diaz for spotting it. But y'all know me. I'm down with O-P-P! And never hide in the shade -- just in plain sight. And I always call a spade a spade. Making it to the Hall of Fame, TB has it made. And he will win another title division at junior middle and middle. He is a modern-day late, great Carmen Basilio and Jake LaMotta. Holla at the films. They are not prejudice or liars. Holla!


-the Roast :

This was the last fight I watched last night. Tried to watch. I dozed off around the 5th round and woke up in the 12th. That was a lot of fights last night!!!