HBO and Showtime combined to televise a total of five bouts last night but only one was truly memorable: Timothy Bradley Jr. retaining his WBO junior welterweight title via 12 round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lamont Peterson. Bradley, who continues to improve with each fight, dropped Peterson in round three with a right hand behind the ear. Peterson fought with determination in each and every round but simply could not match Bradley's speed and skill. Scores of 120-107, 119-108 and 118-110 accurately reflect the fact that Bradley did enough to win nearly every round, but also suggest a completely one-sided bout, which was definitely not the case. A unification bout between Bradley and Amir Khan would be a treat for fight fans.
In the co-feature WBC/WBA super flyweight champ Vic Darchinyan and Tomas Rojas appeared evenly matched until Darchinyan landed a short left in round two and suddenly the fight was over. The one-punch KO may land Darchinyan a rematch with Nonito Donaire, who KO'd Darchinyan in five rounds in 2007.
Elsewhere, WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko dominated previously undefeated Kevin Johnson for 12 dull rounds. Unlike the scores in the Bradley-Peterson bout, the one-sided scores in the Klitschko-Johnson fight (120-108 twice and 119-109) tell you all you need to know about this dreadful bout. Klitschko did what he needed to do against the defensive-minded Johnson, who seemed completely satisfied with becoming only the second fighter to go the distance with Klitschko (Timo Hoffmann also went 12 with Vitali in 2000). Unfortunately, the heavyweight division doesn't currently offer any compelling opponents for either Klitschko . . .
The rematch between Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Diaz resembled their first meeting ... only this time the judges got the scoring correct with all three seeing Malignaggi a 116-111 winner.