Tim Bradley with no cheekbone fracture, X-rays negative
By Chris Williams: Tim Bradley’s X-rays after his fight against Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) turned out to be negative for a fractured cheekbone, according to Top Rank.
Bradley feared that he suffered a fracture of his left cheekbone due to the swelling during the fight at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Fortunately for Bradley and Top Rank, he didn’t suffer a fracture.
The Bradley-Chaves fight was scored a 12 round draw with one judge giving it to Bradley 115-113, and another scoring it 116-112 for Chaves. The third judge scored the fight even at 114-114. You can’t blame the referees for being split over the decision, because Chaves was really pushing the fight during the last 6 rounds, and he landed a lot of huge power punches with both hands. Bradley clearly gave away the 11th and 12th rounds due to his movement.
Normally, Bradley is very effective while fighting on the outside, but in this case Chaves’ quick feet caused him to cut off the ring on Bradley and force him into a dog fight. Bradley likes to jab and pot shot his opponents on the outside, but Chaves’ pressure forced him to trade in a way that benefitted the bigger hitting Chaves more than Bradley.
Top Rank Boxing said this on their twitter: ”X-rays negative, no fractures on @Tim Bradley jr ‘s left cheekbone area. #BradleyChaves.”
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum wasn’t happy with the scoring of the fight, as he thought that Bradley had done more than enough to get the decision. It would be interesting to know what Arum thought of the scoring for the undercard fight between Mauricio Herrera vs. Jose Benavidez, because Herrera lost by a controversial decision to Arum’s Top Rank fighter Benavidez and a lot of boxing fans thought that Herrera was robbed. I had Herrera winning 8 rounds to 4 in that fight.
“I thought Bradley looked good,” Arum said via Dan Rafael of ESPN. “I thought Bradley won the fight relatively easily. But he was less effective once his eye closed, but he still won. I am so fed up with this whole [judging] system. It’s really, really wrong.”
I thought the fight was scored correctly. Chaves did enough to earn a draw in the fight due to him landing the harder shots, and being the aggressor during the second half of the fight.
This fight kind of made up for the weird outcome of Chaves’ previous fight against Top Rank fighter Brandon Rios last August. Chaves was disqualified in that fight in the 9th.
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