Bradley Defeats Holt by UD Despite Being Down Twice
By Sam Gregory: Choke Boxing in association with Gillett Entertainment Group, Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions are presenting the first world championship unification bout ever staged in Montreal in a weight class that has become one of the most exciting divisions in boxing, the 140 pound Jr welterweight division.
Tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the undefeated WBC Jr welterweight champion Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley, 23-0 (11 KO’s) will face WBO Jr welterweight champion Kendall “Rated R’ Holt 25-2 (13 KO’s) in a unification bout where the winner of this fight will potentially be in line for the winner of next month’s super fight between Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao.
Last year on May 10th, 25 year old Timothy Bradley from Palm Springs, California traveled to the U.K. to win the biggest upset of the year; against all odds he won a split decision against Junior Witter on Witter’s home turf of Nottingham, England.
One month after Bradley won the WBC belt; on June the 5th Kendall Holt of Paterson, New Jersey scored a first round knockout after he’d been down twice in the round himself to capture the WBO Jr welterweight belt over Ricardo Torres.
Round by round description for Bradley vs Holt
Before the bell Holt stared trash talking with Bradley trying to get under his skin.
Round one started out slow, feeling out; a left hook drops Bradley with 44 seconds to go. Bradley has wobbly legs and has to tie up; he manages to make it out of the round.
Round two Holt lands left hook again; Bradley is able to take those shots. Bradley squares himself up while throwing punches and isn’t as effective. Bradley going toe to toe with Holt but Holt has the better round.
Round three Bradley throwing more punches and is more aggressive this round. Bradley continues to push forward; Holt is able to counter off Bradley’s punches. Bradley threw a lot of punches in the round but didn’t land much of anything.
Round four and so far this fight is scored even on the unofficial card. Both fighters trade big shots in the center of the ring. Holt’s body work is keeping the pressure on Bradley. Holt suffers cut over left eye. Looks like clash of heads.
Round five Bradley has Holt against the ropes; the ref pushes them apart. Holt is starting to hit low to keep Bradley from pushing him back. Holt is able to block most of Bradley’s punches
Round six Holt lands a good right hand, Bradley counters. Holt lands more solid shots to Bradley’s head than lands a sold uppercut; Bradley winning rounds.
Round seven Bradley seems to be controlling the pace of the fight. Holt starts swinging with some wild shots. Bradley lands good body shot that hurts Holt. Holt looks in trouble, Bradley going to the body and landing solid jabs. Holt is holding his hands very low. Bradley is ripping shots to the body.
Round eight Holt lands a clean left hook, Bradley lands solid left that backs up Holt. Bradley is controlling the offensive flow of the fight. Bradley is warned for a low blow. Holt lands a right hook at the closing seconds of the round.
Round nine both men trading shots in the center of the ring, Holt lands a big uppercut. Both fighters traded punches in the center of the ring and clashed heads. Again they trade shots in the center of the ring, nobody landed anything of significance.
Round ten Holt is snapping his jab but Bradley is ahead on the unofficial scorecards. Bradley is the more physical aggressive fighter. Holt lands a body shot that backs up Bradley.
Round eleven Bradley is the busier puncher and lands a solid right hand and backs up Holt. Bradley seems like he’s dictating the fight.
Round twelve Holt lands a big right hook to Bradley’s head. Bradley goes down and gets a standing eight count.
The fight goes to the scorecards 114-112 and 115-111 twice for Timothy Bradley.
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