Bert's Breakdown: Sugar On Bradley-Alexander

BY The Sweet Science ON January 26, 2011
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alexander-vs-bradleyDEVON ALEXANDER “THE GREAT” vs. TIMOTHY “DESERT STORM” BRADLEY

Saturday, January 29, 2011 from The Silverdome in Pontiac, MI

Live on HBO at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT


BERT'S BREAKDOWN
By Bert Randolph Sugar (with Steve Small)


STRENGTHS OF BOTH FIGHTERS

TIMOTHY “DESERT STORM” BRADLEY - 26-0, 1 no-contest, (11 KO’s)

·         Bradley possesses fast hands and quick movements.

·         Likes to lean back when opponents throw power shots, making them lean in to reach him, then counters with looping overhand right.

·         Has experience against southpaws, Alexander being one, having fought four in his last 11 fights and winning all.

DEVON “THE GREAT” ALEXANDER - 21-0, (13 KO’s)


·         An elusive defensive fighter, Alexander has quick hands.

·         Moves to right well, effective against right-handed fighters, like Bradley.

·         Possesses a good, stiff jab


WEAKNESSES OF BOTH FIGHTERS
BRADLEY


·         Goes right hand crazy, often winding up to throw.

·         Average power.

·         Tends to drop hands in exchanges.


ALEXANDER


·         An arm puncher, with below-average power.

·         Drops hands after he punches, leaving his chin exposed.

·         Likes to stand in and wing punches rather than using his speed and elusiveness on the outside

WHAT EACH MUST DO TO WIN
BRADLEY

·         Needs to keep Alexander in front of him by keeping his lead left foot outside of Alexander’s lead right.

·         Must use his left hook more and not depend solely on winging right hands.

·         Needs to tighten up his defense against the fast-punching Alexander.


ALEXANDER


·         Needs to keep jabbing and turning Bradley.

·         Needs to stay outside where he has an advantage rather than engaging Bradley inside in a slugfest.

·         Must keep moving to his right, away from Bradley’s right, where he can dictate the action.

GREATEST JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (140 lbs.) Champions


1.       AARON PRYOR—WBA champion 1980-’83 (Record in jr. welterweight title bouts: 9-0)

2.       JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ—WBC champion 1989-’94; 1994-’96 (Record in title bouts:13-2-1)

3.       BARNEY ROSS—World champion 1933-’35 (record in jr. welterweight title bouts: 8-0)

4.       ANTONIO CERVANTES—WBA champion 1972-’76;1977-’80 (Record title bouts: 19-3)

5.       KOSTYA TSZYU—IBF champion 1995-’97; WBC 1999-2004 (Record in title bouts: 14-2)

6.       NICOLINO LOCHE—WBA champion 1968-’72 (Record in jr. welterweight title bouts: 6-2)

7.       DUILIO LOI—World champion 1960-’62; WBA 1962 (Record in title bouts:  4-2)

8.       WILFRED BENITEZ—WBA champion 1976-’77 (Record in jr. welterweight  title bouts: 4-0)

9.       CARLOS ORTIZ—World champion 1959-’60 (Record in jr. welterweight title bouts: 3-2)

10.   TONY CANZONERI—World champion 1931-’32: 1933 (Record in title bouts: 3-3)

--Bert Randolph Sugar

Co-author of

“The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists

Comment on this article

Radam G says:

Wilfred Benitez should be number two. Hector "Macho Time" Camacho should be number three. Chavez should be six. Barney Ross should move to seven. Nicolino Loche should be dropped to eight. And Duilio Loi should be dropped off the list. Holla!

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