Devon Alexander surrendered his WBC light-welterweight title to WBO champion Timothy Bradley in a scrappy affair at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan after constant head clashes caused the bout to end before the completion of the tenth round.
27 year-old Bradley started the brighter of the two, catching Alexander with solid looking shots, before Alexander, 23, came into the bout in the middle rounds as both boxers butted heads on more than one occasion and Alexander seemed to be the more affected of the two.
“Desert Storm” then took control into the seventh, eighth and ninth rounds, with Alexander complaining about the cut on several instances before the doctor checked out the St Louis fighter midway through the ninth round.
He then called the bout off with Alexander complaining of a burning sensation in his eye and it was declared that the tenth round would be included in the scoring.
On our WBN scorecard, we thought that Alexander had shown enough in the middle rounds to warrant a 95-95 draw, but the judges scored the contest on Bradley’s aggression rather than Alexander’s slick skills and came out with cards reading 98-93, 97-93, 96-95 in favour of Bradley.
The Californian immediately called out WBA champion Amir Khan, before declaring his interest in unifying against the Briton and then moving up the weights to a showdown with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquaio later in the year.