Boxing Betting: Devon Alexander vs. Timothy Bradley
Two lightweight championship belts will be on the line Saturday night, so boxing betting fans can expect a close tilt when Timothy Bradley takes on Devon Alexander. Bradley is a -185 favorite, while Alexander checks in as a +155 underdog.
Bradley owns the WBO World Championship. Fighting out of Palm Springs, California, Bradley has a fantastic pedigree. He’s a two-time national amateur champion. He tried for the 2004 Olympics at 152 pounds but faced some struggles, failing to make the team. Since then he’s dropped to 140 and put together an impressive run (he’s 26-0 in his career with 11 knockouts).
Bradley really got the ball rolling with a win over current IBF Lightweight Champion Miguel Vasquez. He then won his belt from Junior Witter — despite being an underdog — by earning a split decision.
He’s had a few title defenses since then, including a rough go against WBO champ Kendall Holt. Bradley was dropped twice during the fight, but proved his mettle by holding on for the win and retaining his belt.
Alexander is fighting out of St. Louis, Missouri. Alexander was a superstar junior, going 300-10 with numerous national titles. Like Bradley, he missed the 2004 Olympics, but has since gone undefeated after turning pro (21-0, 13 knockouts for his career). Alexander won the vacant WBC belt in 2009 after beating Witter. He’s lost some of his luster, though, after struggling mightily against Andriy Kotelnik in a recent title defense. Many observers believe Kotelnik won the fight.
Bradley is undersized, perhaps even shorter than 5-foot-6. He doesn’t pack a ton of power but has good speed and constant pressure. Alexander stands at about 5-foot-7 and should have a reach advantage. He’s a harder puncher than Bradley, but probably not as strong overall.
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