Bradley Retires Rios; Lomachenko has Easy Night
LAS VEGAS – Timothy Bradley knew he needed to not only dominate in his inaugural performance with new trainer Teddy Atlas but look spectacular doing it, and that he did. At the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Bradley easily defeated challenger and former champion Brandon Rios by ninth round TKO.
Heading into fight night after a somewhat interesting weigh-in where Rios initially weighed in .2 pounds over the welterweight limit of 147 pounds (Bradley eased in at 146 pounds) Bradley never appeared to be anything but in total control. As the combatants headed to the ring for action, Bradley maintained his chiseled pre-weigh-in physique while Rios, who reportedly entered the ring somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 pounds, appearing sluggish and lethargic. When the opening bell sounded, Bradley went to work using his superior reach while Rios performed as a shadow of his former self spending his time folded up defensively. As the rounds went by, Bradley easily out-pointed and out-gunned the challenger needing little effort to protect himself from non-exisitant Rios offensive.
The end would come a mere eleven seconds into the ninth round where a swift and light on his feet Bradley continued to evade Rios’ minimal offense with the energy of round one and continued chipping away. Once finding his way in, the champion connected with a lethal body shot that sent Rios to his knees. Although he survived the count Rios couldn’t defend himself from the Bradley onslaught that commenced once referee Tony Weeks left his side leading to the stoppage.
During the post-fight interview, a tearful Rios announced his retirement from the sport while Bradley spoke of sticking with Atlas for the long haul in the hopes of more career accolades.
“I’m done,” said Rios. “My body is not the same anymore. I think it’s time to hang it up.”
Leading off the broadcast, Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Romulo Koasicha by tenth round KO. An obvious mismatch/showcase bout for the Russian sensation, the fight was over long before action came to a close. Battering the challenger with everything accept the ring bell, Lomachenko appeared to barely break a sweat in route to victory.
Ending the non-broadcast portion of the card, Ryota Murata defeated Gunnar Jackson by unanimous decision. Judges final scores: 99-91, 98-92, 97-93.
In a raucous scrap full of back and forth action, Miguel Marriaga improved to 21-1, after defeating Guillermo Avila by unanimous decision. Judges final scores 80-72 from all three judges.
A raucous scrap full of back and forth action with both fighters taking turns at the helm.
Rising prospect Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed of Maryland easily defeated Rondale Hubbert of Minnesota by 7th round TKO. After coasting through the early rounds, Reed came on strong in rounds four and five landing thunderous blows that visibly weakened Hubbert. The beginning of the end would come at the start of round seven when Reed connected with a hellacious overhand right that left Hubbert stumbling in one corner while the bout ender, a searing overhand left from Reed connecting in the opposite corner. With Hubbert looking out on his feet, referee Kenny Bayless jumped in and stopped the fight at the 1:09 mark of the round. With the win Reed remains undefeated and improves his record to 17-0-0.
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