140lb division leads the way for 2011
By Joe Met: It may not have been the spectacle that most fans were hoping for, but the result, for most, delivered few surprises. Timothy Bradley’s performance in defeating Devon Alexander will hardly go down in the annuls of history as anything other than ordinary, but he got the job done.
Alexander tried to make the fight his own by using his jab and keeping Bradley at arms length, but Bradley was the hungrier of the two and succeeded in roughing Alexander up. The fight having been stopped in the 10th with Alexander claiming that he couldn’t see after being on the receiving end of the second accidental head butt of the night.. Bradley is now looking to face off against WBA champion Amir Khan later in the year saying after the fight: “I think I’ve got to take Amir Khan out next, then there will be no doubt who is the best 140lb-er in the world”. Bradley also seemed to have a dig at Alexander by hinting that the fight could have continued, stating: “If that’s the best in the world, then that’s weak. I didn’t want the fight to end that way, I wanted to finish the fight.”
With Khan having beaten Marcos Maidana in December, and showing great resilience and toughness in the process, and with Alexander now likely to face Maidana for the 3rd and 4th spots in the 140lb list, it seems that the 140lb division will be the shining light of boxing in 2011. A unification bout between Khan and Bradley will be a huge fight, and would no doubt go through the roof with PPV numbers. A big night in Vegas, and with the last two fights being held so close together, I wonder if the powers that be could get together and put Alexander and Maidana on the same fight card? The four top fighters in the division sorting out the pecking order all on the same night would be a mouthwatering prospect and a huge event. As is the thought of a possible showdown for the eventual number one in the division to face either Floyd Mayweather Jr, or Manny Paquiao at 147lb.
Because of the talent in the division, and the fact that the top guy will have got there by beating the other top guys, which lets face it, doesn’t happen often in boxing these days, whoever sits at the top of the 140lb tree will be automatically thrust to the front of the queue to face one or the other of the P4P kings, and with all this going on we could see some jostling for position in the P4P rankings themselves. All it takes is one classic fight, or a couple of great performances from one or two of these fighters in one or two of these fights, and the P4P top 5 could be looking a little different. If only all of the divisions were looking in such great shape!