How Great are Bradley & Alexander?
By Shaun Campbell: Tonight sees the highly anticipated light-welterweight showdown between Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander for the WBC/WBO titles. Other than a possible show down with Amir Khan, this is the biggest fight available in the division at this time.
Both Bradley and Alexander are solid fighters, and while not boasted great knockout power, they both have obvious talent which lead them to win world titles. The only problem is, they don’t seem to be able to capture the interest of the public like other former light-welterweights such as Zab Judah, Arturo Gatti, Kostya Tszyu, and arguably one of the most popular fighters of all time, Ricky Hatton.
This is nothing against Bradley or Alexander as boxers or people, but they do not have the popularity of world champions. There has been talk of the winner fighting Andre Berto, Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather. It seems baffling that the two champions are being mentioned as possible opponents for the welterweight champions. There is another champion the winner would have to get passed before thinking about moving to welterweight, and that’s Amir Khan. Khan impressively beat the durable Marcos Maidana in one of the fights of the year.
We do not know how great Bradley is. We do not know how great Alexander is. They have a chance to make a huge statement tonight. Both men hold decent wins over former champion Junior Witter, but this is likely to be the toughest test either man has ever faced. The light-welterweight division needs a superstar. It needs a definitive champion. Many see the best in the division as Khan, others say Bradley, and some believe it to be Alexander. Hopefully by the end of 2011 we will know. Since Ricky Hatton left the lures of the ring there has been uncertainty over who is the top man in this evenly matched division. Soon all will become clear.