Bradley, Chaves battle to a disputed draw
- Updated: December 13, 2014
Former two-division champ Timothy Bradley came away with a badly swollen face and nothing to show for it, when he had to settle for a split-draw against Diego Chaves in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) fought well, using his speed to land various combinations throughout the fight, while also being willing to trade punches with Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) on the inside.
Chaves came out swinging from the opening bell and consistently made Bradley fight at close range. However, it appeared that Bradley was landing the harder punches, while Chaves demonstrated a strong chin. In the second round, two accidental headbutts opened up a cut over Chaves’ right eye, while Bradley’s left eye began to swell immediately.
Chaves had a few good moments midway through the fight, sneaking in triple jabs and mixing up his combinations upstairs and to the body. On many occasions, Bradley would get heated and return fire, creating toe-to-toe action in the center of the ring.
Despite Bradley’s effective movement, Chaves continued to stay in Bradley’s wheelhouse, perhaps swaying the judges with his aggression. After twelve rounds, one judge had it 116-112 for Chaves, another had it 115-113 for Bradley and the third judge had it 114-114.
Benavidez Jr. outpoints Herrera
Earlier in the evening, a battle of Top Rank and Golden Boy fighters ended in Jose Benavidez Jr.’s favor, as he scored a controversial unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera.
A competitive fight throughout, Herrera was the busier fighter, putting in plenty of work to Benavidez’ body. Benavidez also churned out a body attack and had some success with his right hands, but it was Herrera who was seemingly outworking his younger opponent. However, the judges somehow saw it differently, awarding the fight to Benavidez with scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 117-111. 3MoreRounds had it 116-112 for Herrera.