War Correspondent: Bradley/Chavez Draw

By Robert Ecksel on December 13, 2014
War Correspondent: Bradley/Chavez Draw
Bradley and Chaves depleted their arsenals in Vegas. (Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun)

Timothy Bradley fought a controversial 12-round war of attrition against Diego Chaves at The Cosmopolitan Saturday night…

Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada, former WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, California, fought a 12-round draw with Diego Chaves (29-2-1, 19 KOs), from San Miguel, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in a controversial war of attrition. Julie Lederman had it 116-112 for Chaves. Burt Clements scored it 115-113 for Bradley. Craig Metcalfe saw it even at 114-114.

Fighting out of the red corner in white trunks trimmed with red, Bradley was supposed to box his less skilled opponent. But Desert Storm never met a war he didn’t like and, according to the rules of engagement, got down and dirty when the situation demanded it.

Chaves, fighting out of the blue corner in blue and white trunks, entered the ring ready to rumble but may have gotten more than he bargained for. Accidental headbutts in the first two rounds disfigured both men, but Bradley got the worst of it, which forced him to fight Chaves’ fight on the inside.

Bradley started strong. Moving beautifully, he quickly found a home for the right hand. He also was landing powerful shots to the Argentine’s body. But Chaves is a fighter who doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit. He also seems impervious to pain.

With the left side of Bradley’s face distorting into gargoyle-like proportions, he forsook his outside game, where his least damaging victories were won, to fight as if he and Chaves were in a phone booth. Chaves sometimes gave as good as he got, but Bradley was ultimately too skilled and too fast, with too many ways of hurting a man at his disposal.

Hence the head scratching in response to the usually reliable Julie Lederman’s final score.

Although CompuBox isn’t God, as Bob Cannobio is the first to admit, the final punch stats indicate that Bradley landed 225 total punches to Chaves’ 152, and 146 power punches to the Argentine’s 108.

Numbers may not tell the whole story, but the story they tell has Bradley winning the fight.

When it was over Bradley said, “I thought the decision was horrible. But, you know, I’m not a judge, man. I thought I won the fight clearly. I gave him maybe four rounds, maybe five the max at that, but for the most part I felt I controlled the action. I was landing the cleaner punches. I thought I won the fight.”

When asked why he abandoned boxing to fight in the trenches, Bradley said, “That was just a strategy of mine. I listened to my corner and my corner told me to close the gap on him, to try to wear him down a little because he was in really good condition for this fight. That’s why I stepped inside, smothered him, landed my shots, body shots, just to try to get to his body to slow him down. I felt like I won the fight clearly, but, you know, the judges saw it a different way and there ain’t nothing I can do about it.”

To the surprise of no one, Chaves didn’t see it that way.

“I think it was a pretty even fight,” he said, “but I thought I was superior in many instances. I just needed a little more to take the victory to Argentina. But we were very confident with the work we put in.”

For Chaves to draw with Bradley is a victory of sorts. And while Bradley may not be anyone’s favorite fighter, he is definitely all fighter.

Make no mistake about it.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 09:45am, 12/14/2014

    @Eric…No doubt. Bradley is the true definition of a fighter. Much respect to him and yeah, I’d definitely sign up for a Bradley/Broner matchup…Peace.

  2. galvar 09:17am, 12/14/2014

    Bradley was definitely robbed.  From last night’s fight, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Pac/Bradley 3.  Won’t pay the PPV but would definitely get off the couch to the nearest sports bar to see that one.

  3. Eric 09:10am, 12/14/2014

    @Pete The Sneak…Karma indeed.

    Can’t help but like Bradley’s warrior type attitude though. If the guy could punch he would be nigh unbeatable. Broner vs. Bradley would be a good matchup.

  4. Pete The Sneak 07:51am, 12/14/2014

    Hmm…Bradley draws in a fight he clearly won…I guess it’s Karma, of sorts and I’ll leave it at that…Think Papa Lederman needs to give his daughter a little refresher course?...Then again, I guess even usually good judges can have an off night. Certainly would love to go over it round by round with her to see what she saw and the criteria she used to come up with a 116-112 score for Chaves….Peace.

  5. Darrell 01:22am, 12/14/2014

    Bradley robbed…...Chavez won maybe 4 rounds at best.  Not close.

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