On paper, the match-up between undefeated light welterweight champs Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander was perfect. Two talented young champs entering their respective primes with each seeking a career-defining win that would vault him into the pound-for-pound discussion and a possible mega-payday against either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr..
In the ring, the match-up was a technically competitive - but never scintillating - chess match with neither fighter ever truly seizing control. Punch stats were basically even with Bradley making the slightly better impression by virtue of moving forward and initiating most of the action.
In the end, the bout was a bitter disappointment as it ended in a technical decision win for Bradley as Alexander could no longer continue after getting hit repeatedly with unintentional headbutts by Bradley. Bradley, like Evander Holyfield, is not a blatantly dirty fighter but his head serves as something of a battering ram as he closes the distance on opponents, who frequently end up on the damaged end of "unintentional" butts.
The first butt opened a large cut over Alexander's right eye in round three. There were two more butts in round eight and a final clash early in round ten which left Alexander unable to keep his eyes open due to a "burning" sensation. As a result, the fight went to the scorecards where Bradley was ahead 98-83, 97-93 and 96-95.
While the bout doesn't really improve or damage the status of either fighter too much, it certainly doesn't move either closer to a Pacquiao or Mayweather payday. Hopefully, the rematch clause in the contract will not be exercised. Bradley's next fight should be a title unification bout with WBA champ Amir Khan. Alexander should take some time off to allow his cuts to heal.