Bradley Is Poetry In Motion
Report & Photos By Roy & Marlene Marquez
Timothy Bradley stuck
and moved his way past Lamont Peterson to retain the WBO
140 lb. championship at a sold out Agua Caliente Casino,
Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. Non-stop movement was
not Bradley’s original game plan, but became plan B at
the insistence of his corner. “The game plan was to take
it to him, but he decided to take it to me”, explained
Bradley of the change in tactics midway through the
Bradley, of nearby Palm
Springs, CA, found a home for his right hand early in
the second. Bradley (25-0) landed the punch repeatedly
in a round he won decisively. An overhand right dropped
Peterson early in the third, setting the stage for a
tremendous round of boxing. “I planned to win the first
four rounds big”, said Peterson. “But when I went down
in the third it was time to fight.” For the remainder of
the round the combatants fought toe-to-toe exchanging
vicious body blows. Peterson (27-1) continued the body
assault in the fourth to win the round. “He made me
fight”, said Bradley. “He made me do things in there I
normally don’t do.”
If boxing is something
Bradley normally doesn’t do, he should do more of it.
Over the remaining eight rounds Bradley controlled the
distance, the action and the fight. Bradley moved
fluidly while sticking Peterson with both lefts and
rights. Bradley landed check hooks while floating back
and counter rights when Peterson got close. Bradley
fired and moved; fired and moved. Frustrated, Peterson
followed Bradley around the ring and ran into punches.
Unlike Bradley, Peterson had no plan B or didn’t execute
it and suffered his first defeat as a professional.
“When I got hit by a good shot I let my balls get the
best of me. I abandoned my plan from then on and forgot
about the jab.”
Bradley won handily on the scorecards but called the
fight the toughest of his career. Judge Werner scored
the fight 120-107. Judge Nelson favored Bradley 118-110
while judge Cobian saw it 119-108.
Vic Darchinyan did what
he does best; knockout the man standing in front of him.
At 2:54 of round two Darchinyan (33-2-1) dispatched
Tomas Rojas with a left hand to retain the WBC and WBA
super flyweight titles. Rojas (32-12-1) entered the ring
with a smile. He left dazed and confused.
Darchinyan entered the
ring a raging bull and left with a renewed confidence.
Determined to get back on the winning track, Darchinyan
started the fight with controlled aggression. He
increased the intensity in the second but lunged at
Rojas leaving himself off balance and out of position.
Rojas countered the
aggression beautifully and was in control of the round
when he ate the left hand that ended his evening.
Off Air Results:
Lenny Zappa (22-0) remained undefeated with a six round
shut out of professional opponent Sergio Macias (14-19).
All three judges scored the bout 60-54.
Salvador Sanchez (18-3-2) MD 6 over fellow featherweight
Rodrigo Aranda (8-12-2). The scores were 60-54, 59-55
and a questionable 57-57.
Welterweight Freddy Hernandez (27-1) UD 8 over Octavio
Navarez (7-9-1). The judges scored the contest 78-47,
78-74 & 80-72.
Undefeated heavyweight Lateef Kayode (9-0) stopped
journeyman Billy Willis (11-19-1) at 1:14 of round two.
The Kaliesha West (11-1) / Kasha Chamblin (11-4) fight
was scratched when Chamblin withdrew for medical