3 More Rounds

Bradley stops Rios, who then retires

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In Timothy Bradley’s first fight with trainer Teddy Atlas, we saw a polished and focused “Desert Storm” who dominated every round of his welterweight clash against Brandon Rios on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Bradley came out with a snappy jab and combinations to the head and body from the opening round, as Rios was forced to throw punches in any direction he could, in order to try and land.  Rios, who came in at 170 pounds on fight night (up from 147 at the weigh-in), looked sluggish and nowhere near as fired up as he was in his rubber match with Mike Alvarado.

At one point, Bradley landed a four-punch combination upstairs that consisted of left hooks, and the body attack began taking its toll.

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In the ninth round, Bradley unloaded to the body with a hard combination that sent Rios down.  Though he managed to get up, Rios was again floored by another combination to the body, prompting an immediate stoppage.

After the fight, Bradley was ecstatic and said he was ready for anyone, while Rios, who had become quite emotional, announced that he was retiring.  At the post-fight press conference, Rios again reiterated that he was calling it quits.

“When it’s time to hang ’em up, it’s time to hang ’em up,” said Rios.

In the opening bout, Vasyl Lomanchenko earned a 10th round knockout against over-matched Romulo Koasicha.  Lomanchenko controlled every minute of every round in a wipeout.

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