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Angulo, Bradley move on with wins
Alcine got trapped on the rope within the last minute and half. He tried to hold Angulo but he couldn’t trap both hands. Angulo kept throwing punches and the referee did not break them up.
Angulo threw nasty combinations that hurt Alcine. He backed up and even tried to counter but all to no avail. Angulo merely brushed aside the blows and began his last assault as he nailed him with solid right followed by a left hook that sent Alcine’s
head moving 180 degrees.
The referee stopped the fight with just one second left. Alcine was out on his feet and he had nothing left with only the rope keeping him up. Alfredo continued his movement up the junior Middleweight division ladder.
The Junior Middleweight is becoming a deep division including Paul Williams, Kermit Cintron, and Sergio Martinez, the present Middleweight champion.
Angulo is one of those fighters who simply wear you down because he keeps coming after you. He doesn’t out quick you with hand or foot speed, he simply punishes you.
In the main event, junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley faced a tough Luis Carlos Abregu, in a battle of undefeated fighters. Junior Welterweights and junior Middleweights are divisions that many fighters simply move from one division to another, looking for big fights.
The reason is simple, for the top stars want to fight either Manny Pacquaio or Floyd Mayweather. For Bradley, his best competition is Devon Alexander but Alexander is not a big money fight.
The first round saw both fighters feeling each other out and while Bradley scored more punches, this was not a round that will make one forget the previous fight in which the end came quickly.
Bradley connected on some solid rights as he moved in and out, sometimes attacking with looping rights. His quicker hands and better techniques allowed him to nail Abregu throughout the second round.
Twice his knees wobbled when hit on the button by Bradley’s rights.
Bradley once again connected on the better punches in the third round as he landed more clean punches to confuse his Argentina opponent who was trying to figure out Bradley’s game plan.
Throughout the first four rounds, Abregu failed to impose his size including four inch height advantage except for a brief moment at the end of the fourth round. Bradley managed to open up a cut above the right eye of Abregu.
He had the power advantage going into the fight and he was an awkward fighter, easy to hit but not easy to hit with a flush shots. Bradley managed to nail his more awkward opponents with solid power shots but there were times that awkward nature allowed Abregu to deflect a few of those power shots.
In the seventh round, an accidental head butt stopped the action in the middle of the round but over the last minute, Abregu tried to hold Bradley in a clinch but like in the first fight, Abregu failed to grab both of Bradley’s arms.
As Bradley kept throwing left hooks, Abregu fell back to the ropes wobbly from the hooks, but Bradley failed to finish him off. In the final moment of the eighth round, Abregu connected on a solid left for his best shots and he may have captured the round.
This gave Abregu some confidence and he pressed the action against Bradley throughout the ninth round but with minute left, Bradley landed the best punch with a solid left hook that snapped Abregu’s head back.
He may have won the round, but the best punch came from Bradley. The 10th and 11th rounds saw a return to form for Bradley, who outboxed and outpunched Abregu.
In the 12th round, Abregu pursued Bradley for the first two minutes ineffectual but Bradley’s quick moving and Abregu unleashed punches hoping for lightening strike but it never did as he waltzed away with an easy decision.
Bradley showed himself to be a quality welterweight but at 5-feet-6, he may be better off staying as a junior lightweight. With 11 knockouts in 26 fights, he’s not a big puncher but he is a skilled practitioner of the sweet science.