Following a defiant seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12...
Darchinyan defends his crown
IOWA CITY (BASN) — Friday night, Tomas Rojas began his fight by jabbing and moving against the smaller Vic Darchinyan as he kept him at bay.
Down the stretch, Darchinyan penetrated Rojas and even nailed him with a solid left, but he countered effectively to score against the lunging Darchinyan.
Rojas began the second round as he did the first round moving and jabbing. Darchinyan return to being the Darchinyan of old, forsaking his jab and just throwing his left.
Rojas’ reach seemed to bother Darchinyan for the first minute, but he trapped Rojas on the rope.
The Australian champ nailed Rojas with a overhand left before missing a couple of wild punch.
Rojas invited Darchinyan and he slipped under Rojas’ reach and stopped the taller Mexican with a solid left to the chin. Darchinyan’s power proved to be the great equalizer as he lost the round and half before his powerful left stopped Rojas.
His power was still present but he reverted to his old style of search and destroy while forgetting his jab.
Later, Timothy Bradley defended his title against another undefeated fighter, Lamont Peterson.
For the first two minutes, both men exchanged punches but little connection but with one minute left, Bradley buckled Peterson with a solid right and repeated that feat 10 seconds later.
He survived, but Bradley won the round. He proved adept at avoiding Peterson’s jab and found a home for his right hand as he once again nailed Peterson with a right in the middle of the round in the second stanza.
Bradley jumped on his opponent and continued his assault as Peterson looked befuddled and hurt as he retreated.
Bradley pursued Peterson from corner to corner, but he found a way to survive into third round.
Bradley started the third round with left hook to the body and followed with combinations of the punches and a monster right sent Peterson down. He got off the canvas but he looked wobbled.
Over the last minute, Peterson changed strategy and went inside to avoid the looping rights that consistently hurt him.
His body work kept him in the fight and he even hurt Bradley with left hooks to the body.
Rounds four and five turned into trench warfare as both fighters went toe to toe on the inside.
It became a fight of will as both fighters threw punches after punches as they ripped punches to each other bodies.
Peterson threw his most effective punch, a right hand with 35 seconds left in the fourth round that caught Bradley as he retreated to the corner. In the sixth round, Bradley used movement against the charging Peterson as he pivoted and punched accurately while avoiding many of his punches.
Bradley proved to a better technical fighter and while conventional wisdom stated that Peterson should fight from outside, but Bradley proved the better fighter on the outside.
In the eighth round, Bradley finally forced Peterson to move backward as he shot a right hand over a lazy left.
He followed Bradley around throughout the eighth round and he failed to cut off the ring effectively.
This made Peterson vulnerable to Bradley’s counter punches and his punch output declined in the seventh and eighth round.
Bradley’s corner told their fighter between eighth and ninth round that his opponent would be there for the final bell.
This was their way of telling Bradley, “Don’t get cocky.” Just as Peterson changed his tactic in round four, Bradley changed his tactics as he decided to use all of the ring and box.
His movement trumped Peterson’s body attack and blunted whatever momentum Peterson had. He did finally nail Bradley with a solid hook in the 10th, but it had little effect.
In the 11th round, Peterson continued to move forward but fatigue rear its ugly head as histechnique looked sloppy.
While Peterson found a way to unleash a couple of left hooks to Bradley, he ended the round with two solid rights that sent sweat flying.
Peterson’s corner told their charge, “Leave nothing in the ring” and Peterson chased Bradley but he countered effectively as he did often in the fight and as the round ended, Peterson uncorked several wild left hooks that missed their mark.
He found himself the receipt of Bradley’s right in the last ten seconds.
Peterson showed heart but he fought one of the best junior Welterweights and Bradley showed improvement even from his last fight.
He showed that he was prepared against a tough opponent and that he could take his game to another level.
Both Peterson and Bradley showed adaptability as both fighters had to change tactics since their original game plan didn’t work.
Peterson moved to the inside after discovering that he couldn’t beat Bradley on the outside.
He figured out after the fourth round, if he stayed inside; he risked his title.
When Bradley fought on the outside, he forced Peterson to chase him and it opened Peterson up to counter punches.
This allowed an easy decision for Bradley.
He was quicker than Peterson and that proved to be the decisive factor in the fight.