Bradley Believable Welter;
Angulo Wreaks Havoc
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Fighting for the first
time as a welterweight since 2006, Timothy Bradley boxed
and banged his way to a convincing twelve round decision
over Argentine Luis Carlos Abregu before a packed house
at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA.
“You got to be a risk taker if you want to go somewhere
in life and I’m a risk taker”, explained Bradley in
stepping up to take on this challenge.
In a clash of undefeated
fighters, Abregu climbed between the ropes the #5 rated
welterweight in the world. Bradley entered the ring the
reigning, but not defending, WBO Jr. Welterweight
Champion and quickly sustained a cut in the first round
following an accidental clash of heads.
in round two, Bradley raked Abregu with a straight right
that wobbled the Argentine’s legs. Through three Abregu
had no answers for Bradley’s hand speed and work rate.
In the fourth Abregu caught Bradley with a well timed
right that momentarily turned the tide. Bradley answered
in the fifth with a right of his own, followed by a left
on the button.
In the 7th Bradley
landed a simultaneous head butt / body shot that cut
Abregu and put him on the canvas. Abregu, doubled over,
complained about the butt and talked referee Jack Reiss
out of the knockdown. The round ended in a 30 second
melee that brought the sold out crowd to a frenzy.
Abregu turned hunter in
the ninth but ate Bradley counters in an interesting
round to score. Abregu remained aggressive in the
championship rounds and took the fight to Bradley.
Bradley closed the show by trading bombs with Abregu
down the stretch.
Judge Herbert Werner
scored the bout 118-110; Judge Jonathan Davis 116-112;
Judge Barry Druxman 117-111. “He was every bit as tough
as I thought he would be”, said Abregu following the
fight. “But I don’t think the unanimous decision was
Alfredo Angulo is a
wrecking ball. After trading jabs with former WBA Super
Welterweight Champion Joachim Alcine over the first
minute of their fight, Alcine made the mistake of
tagging Angulo with a few well placed hooks to the body.
Angulo (19-1) responded
by tattooing Alcine with a combination that sent Alcine
staggering across the ring. When Angulo reengaged he
plastered Alcine with a two-fisted assault that rendered
Referee Lou Moret
stepped in to save Alcine, stopping the fight at 2:59 of
the opening round. “I wanted to keep the fight going but
I should have held instead of fighting back”, said
Alcine (32-2) following the fight.
With the victory Angulo
secured the WBC Super Welterweight #1 ranking and
mandatory challenger position.
Off Air Results
In his first fight back
since suffering a beating by the late Edwin Valero,
Antonio DeMarco blasted away at Daniel Attah until
referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the attack at 2:30 of the
second round. Mid way through the second DeMarco
(24-2-1) cracked Attah with a straight left that sent
Attah crashing to the canvas. Attah (24-6-1) rose but
couldn’t survive the oncoming DeMarco. Attah has lost
his last three fights by knockout.
In the best undercard
fight of the night, the colorful Ruffino Serrano (6-3)
out-boxed a game Eduardo Cruz (1-1) over four junior
lightweight rounds. The finally tally favored Serrano
40-36, 39-73 & 40-36.
Junior welterweight Art
Hovhannesyan (12-0-1) outlasted Mexican veteran
Christian Favela (19-28-6) to win their eight round bout
by scores of 78-74, 77-75 & 77-75.
Gloria Salas (3-4-1) routed Katarina De La Cruz (0-4-1)
over four junior flyweight rounds to win their bout by
unanimous decision. The judges scored the contest 40-36,
40-36 & 39-37.
Joel Diaz (1-0) impressed in his professional debut by
stopping Rene Torrez (0-3-1) 23 seconds into round two
of their featherweight contest.
Undefeated Abraham Lopez improved to 12-0 with a TKO of
fellow lightweight Willshaun Boxley (5-7) following the
end of the third round.