Bradley pulls out a win

By Tom Donelson
Updated: April 5, 2009

Tim Bradley

Tim Bradley

IOWA CITY — It couldn’t started any worse in the first round for Tim Bradley as he slipped a right hand to Kendall Holt’s head and then try to follow up with wide left hook.

Holt’s counter left hook reached Bradley first and sent him down.After surviving the rest of the round, Bradley’s activity captured the second and third round as he attempted to turn the tide.

In the fourth round, Bradley hit the body with the idea of tiring the harder punching Holt but in the last minutes, he was nailed with an effective left hook and a nasty stiff jab.

A cut appeared over Holt’s eye possibly due to an accidental head butt. Bradley’s pressure started to affect Holt in the early rounds as Holt stopped using his jab but he kept his hands up high to neutralize Bradley hook to the head after Bradley hook to the body.

Holt’s biggest advantage was his power and throughout the early rounds, he did not fear his opponent’s power but Bradley’s work rate started to increase after the nearly disastrous first round.

In the sixth round as Bradley moved under Holt’s jab in those moments that he actually jabbed. Holt looked like a fighter who was going to depend upon the big punch and Bradley decided to pick up the pace to win rounds to make up the deficit caused by a knockdown.

This proved to be the better strategy as Bradley built up a lead and provided the needed cushion in the end to win the decision.

In the seventh round, Bradley unleashed several left hooks to the body that looked to hurt Holt for the first time and managed to stay inside of Holt’s power range.

He not only failed to jab in this round but his work rate dramatically decreased under the Bradley onslaught. In the eighth round, Bradley continued the onslaught but Holt ended the round with a right hand and left hook that shook Bradley.

The ninth round saw Holt score the more effective punches against the more aggressive Bradley but like the other rounds, he threw more punches but Holt punches had more pop.

In the 11th round, Bradley’s agressiveness pounded the weary Holt and Bradley nailed Holt with two solid rights as well as left hooks that forced him to retreat the whole round.

In a fight that was hard to determine with the eyeball test, the 12th round proved decisive. Neither fighter ever lost a 12-round decision so the question was who had the most left in the fight and who would lose their first 12 rounder.

In what was a close round, Holt nailed Bradley with a right uppercut that sent Bradley’s hands to the canvas in the last 30 seconds.

Bradley attempted to grab the rope; his right hand hit the canvas. The referee called it a knockdown and there was no doubt that Holt right hand uppercut staggered Bradley.

Holt provided bookends knockdowns in the fight as he sent Bradley down in the first round in the opening minutes and then close the show with another knockdown in the final stanza but would it be enough to win the fight?

The question that remain, would Bradley’s activity in rounds two through 11 be enough to over two knockdowns?

Bradley won the decision in a fight that could not be classified as artistic but the difference proved to be his determination.

Holt’s, punches had more power that was shown in his two knockdowns but Bradley kept moving forward and his movement forward proved decisive in the judges’ eye.

Bradley pulled out a decision and now he put himself in a position to fight in bigger money fights. Holt did not hurt his own prospect as he showed that he has the skills and power to compete with the other better fighters.

Both Holt and Bradley are young enough to be players in the junior and maybe later the welterweight divisions.

There are one sided fights that can be fun to watch simply because the losing fighter decides not to play it safe but fight back.

Librado Andrade’s fight with Vital Tsypko was one of those fights. After a slow first round, Andrade nailed Tsypko with a right hand that sent the Ukrainian fighter down in the opening moments of the second round and he attacked with no mercy for the rest of the round.

At the beginning of the fourth round, Tsypko nailed Andrade with sharp punches in the first minute but as the round progressed, Andrade power showed itself as he wore Tsypko down to salvage the round after Tsypko opening barrage.

In these early rounds, Vital Tsypko occasionally would send sharp punches to Andrade’s face but they did little damage.

The sixth round may have been Tsypko best since the first round as he nailed Andrade with sharp left hands from his southpaw stance.

For the first two minutes, his accuracy dominated the action until he ran into a Andrade uppercut and for the last minute, Andrade’s power may have stolen the round on the judges scorecard but it was a round that saw Tsypko using his most effective weapons, a straight left.

The last minute of the sixth round set up the opening minutes of the seventh round as Andrade nearly ended the fight as he sent yet another right hand to knock Tsypko down for the second time.

Tsypko got up but Andrade continued the pressure but to no avail. He survived the round and spent the next three rounds fighting a survival strategy as he worked on countering Andrade but he was reluctant to throw first.

With two rounds left, Tsypko went for broke as he threw accurate punches and both men exchanged punches in close proximity of each other.

With fans standing, both men tested each other as they threw haymakers after haymakers in each other direction.

The final round saw Andrade stunning Tsypko with uppercuts

in the opening moments and it looked like that maybe Tsypko would be stopped before the closing bell.

With the round half over, Tsypko threw a few straight left that nailed Andrade. Both men spent the last minute attacking one another with ferocity.

Andrade won the decision but Tsypko never gave up and in the last two rounds, decided that he would risk a knockout to win the fight.

This is what separates the good boxers from the mediocre fighters. Andrade won the decision and while the scorecard had the fight in wide margin, there were moments that Tsypko accurate punches nailed the Mexican fighter.

The final two rounds saw both men go toe to toe but it was Andrade pressure and power that proved decisive over 12 rounds.

In his previous fight in Montreal, Andrade nearly pulled out a impossible victory when he knockdown Lucian Bute with seconds left in that fight, but on this night, he gain a little revenge and a possible rematch with Bute as he won a eliminator.