Saturday’s BASN Boxing Preview

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: July 31, 2009

Boxing Ring NEW YORK(BASN) — On Saturday night, SHOWTIME will televise a very intriguing world championship doubleheader featuring the junior welterweight class.

The main event will feature unbeaten WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) vs. former unified IBF/WBA and WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs).

In the co-feature: unbeaten American prospect Devon Alexander (18-0, 11 KOs) challenges former WBC champion Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) for the vacant WBC 140-pound title.

This doubleheader is a stark contrast of youth vs. age. The 25-year-old Bradley will be appearing in his fourth world title fight against Campbell, a 37-year-old veteran moving up in weight after losing his titles on the scales prior fighting Ali Funeka in February.

Also, Alexander, a highly regarded prospect, will bring his 22 year-youth and great work rate against Witter, a 35 year-old Englishman with a lot of skills and experience.

The two will fight for the belt that Bradley vacated after surviving two knockdowns to outpoint Kendall Holt to unify the WBC/WBO 140-pound titles. Coincidentally, it was Bradley who unseated Witter from his throne as WBC champion in May 2008.

Witter will have an opportunity to not only regain the title he once held proud, but Witter will also position himself for a possible fight with Amir Khan. Some believe that Witter maybe on the downside of his career.

He did have knee surgery months prior to losing to Bradley, who simply dropped and outclassed him. Witter has fought only once since the loss.

Witter will have problems dealing with Alexander’s southpaw style, hand speed, and work rate. Alexander may have been inactive and lacks experience having fought 18 bouts since turning professional in 2004, but he is a very crafty fighter.

He’s trained by Kevin Cunningham and works exclusively with Cory Spinks, the former Undisputed World Welterweight Champion and current IBF jr. middleweight titlist. Alexander should beat Witter on points.

Bradley may very well be one of boxing’s future stars. With each fight he has stepped up his level of opposition and has shown improvement as a fighter. Prior to unseating Witter, Bradley was a virtual unknown having fought exclusively in California.

Since the Witter fight, Bradley has made a successful defense against Edner Cherry and unified the WBC/WBO titles having survived two knockdowns against Holt.

Bradley likes to move in and out with his combinations and he likes to box. Bradley’s youth could be a major factor in the bout, as the older Campbell may have difficulty catching up to the much younger fighter.

But one can never underestimate Campbell because he has won fights that very few people thought he would win.

Against Juan Diaz, Campbell schooled him for twelve rounds to easily lift three of the major lightweight titles away from him. Diaz has never been the same since. In his recent bout against a 6-foot-1 Ali Funeka, Campbell had difficulty making the 135-pound limit and was forced to vacate his titles at the scales.

Campbell fought Funeka in what appeared to be a life or death struggle for the former champion, but Campbell did survive with the W.

Bradley should beat Campbell on points, but the older man has knockout power in that right hand. Campbell is a very crafty boxer and he can punch.