Rancho Mirage, CA- HBO Boxing After Dark featured a night of opposites on Saturday as two completely different fights played out in the double-bill.
In the main event, Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) used his speed and reflexes to outclass Argentine, Carlos Abregu (29-1, 23 KOs) over 12 rounds. Bradley was fighting his first official bout at welterweight and making his first appearance on HBO.
The fight was predictable from the opening bell, with every round similar to the last: Bradley on the outside using his jab and athleticism and occasionally jumping in to engage an Abregu who was stalking Bradley to land one big, fight-ending shot. Abregu, however, wasn’t quick enough to catch Bradley with anything noteworthy.
The only deviations from the general pace of the bout were a couple of unintentional headbutts and an occasional straight right hand from Bradley that would momentarily buzz Abregu.
The judges scorecards were representative of the one-sided nature of the bout: 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 in favor of Bradley. The Boxing Tribune also scored the bout 118-110 for Bradley.
After the contest, Bradley called out Manny Pacquiao and, if that couldn’t happen, all of the top fighters in the jr. welterweight division.
On the broadcast opener, Alfredo Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) walked right through former world champ, Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs), en route to a first round TKO.
Alcine never got a chance to establish a game plan as Angulo immediately put the pressure on and buzzed his opponent. Alcine tried to tie-up, but Angulo just kept punching with his free hand, further hurting the former champ.
The fight was waved off at the 2:59 mark of the first round with Alcine defenseless up against the ropes.