By Edgar Solorzano
In the world of Boxing there are two types of warriors; those who successfully conquer others and those who become the victims. On January 29th WBO belt-holder Tim Bradley (26-0, 11 knockouts) will try to conquer the current WBC and former IBF Light Welterweight champion Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) at the Silverdome, in Pontiac, Michigan. Alexander is a conqueror with the confidence of a king that has never tasted defeat. Although he has succeeded against other warriors, people still question whether Devon Alexander can successfully defeat a conqueror who has never been conquered as well.
Both warriors are confident and ready for success, unfortunately only one warrior will get the key to success. A key that will open many doors and opportunities in the future. Alexander is a southpaw with tremendous speed,foot-work and great stamina. Devon does not only land good combinations, but has an explosive right upper-cut that could hurt any fighter that commits a minor mistake in the square-circle. Although Alexander has the speed and stamina to keep up with great talent, many fight-fans question if “Alexander The Great” is really that great. On January 29th he will get his chance to prove to the world how great he really is. When he steps in the ring against his rival Timothy Bradley, a fighter with a great right hand and tremendous punching power.
It is true that many Boxing experts are favoring Devon Alexander for the future classic battle in Michigan. Although they may be right, I strongly disagree with them and believe that Timothy Bradley will win by unanimous decision.
There are three reasons why I believe Bradley will pull off the win by unanimous decision against Devon Alexander.
Reason#1: Devon Alexander is a fighter with great talent, and there’s no doubt he will be one of the future big names in Boxing. Although he’s undefeated and has had a lot of impressive victories, there’s a few mistakes that Devon Alexander makes when fighting against his opponents. Whenever Alexander throws combinations, he gets too much into the fight and forgets about his head-movement. If Devon’s head-movement doesn’t improve by the time he fights Timothy Bradley, Alexander could possibly face several problems in the later rounds. Since Bradley has incredible hand speed and a great right hook that could give Devon Alexander problems. Although Bradley has tremendous power, his power won’t be powerful enough to knock Alexander out.
Reason#2: Timothy Bradley’s style of being the aggressor will make the difference in this future classic battle. It sometimes may not make a difference, but the boxer pedaling backwards will always get tired faster. It’s a good way to get lost when facing a good puncher that could be a threat. Although Bradley has the right tools to defeat Alexander, there’s plenty of mistakes that Bradley will need to fix before he faces his rival. Bradley can land good combinations, however, he sometimes offers his chin when trying to deliver those good combinations. If he continues to make that mistake, Alexander could give Bradley problems with his great upper-cut. The same upper-cut that gave Juan Urango serious problems. Another mistake that Bradley will need to correct in order to get to the next level is; timing and balance. Timothy Bradley has the perfect power to be a dangerous welterweight warrior, but he needs to learn how to control it and not try to force a punch that is not their. He needs to have good rhythm and follow his game-plan. It’s obvious whenever a fighter misses a powerful punch, they tend to lose balance. That could be a major problem when fighting a fighter like Alexander, a fighter with the speed and foot-work that could give any fighter problems. If Bradley fixes those problems, he should be able to score a unanimous victory.
Reason#3: One thing I notice about Devon Alexander is that he likes to lean on the ropes once in a while. That’s a bad habit that only few fighters can pull off. Fighters like Muhammad Ali when he fought George Foreman. If Devon relies on luck and risks his chances of winning by going to the ropes, it will be a bad mistake when facing a fighter that will land powerful hooks and body combinations that could cause a lot of damage. It won’t be an easy fight for both undefeated conquerors. Both fighters have a good chance of winning, it will be the minor mistakes that will make a difference and change peoples opinions at the end of the fight. People are predicting that either fighter could win by knockout. I’m not going to lie that there’s a possible chance that we could witness a knockout. However, if someone ends up getting knocked down, I believe it will be Timothy Bradley. Upper-cuts always beats a right hook.
The Boxing world continues to wonder who’s “0” will have to go, will it be Bradley or Alexander? A question that will soon be answered. At this moment all we can do is wait and prepare to witness a classic battle that will be remembered in the history books.
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