Round-by-Round Analysis: Timothy Bradley vs. Joel Casamayor

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By Nick Tywalk

We've already had two entertaining undercard fights, and we've got one more to go before Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez hit the ring. Timothy Bradley makes his first appearance under the Top Rank umbrella as he takes on veteran Joel Casamayor.

The tale of the tape shows that Casamayor is slightly taller but reach is dead even. Both men weighed in at 140 pounds, but Casamayor is three pounds heavier on fight night.

Bradley is 27-0 but with just 11 KOs. He is making his fourth defense of his WBO junior welterweight belt.

Casamayor is a former super featherweight and lightweight titleholder. He is 38-5-1 but just 2-2 in his last four fights. 

Michael Buffer does his thing, and we're ready for 12 scheduled rounds with the WBO 140-pound title up for grabs.

Round 1

Bradley scores first with a right hook. He's going to stay very busy as he always is. Casamayor jabs from a distance, and there's some wrestling that forces the ref to step in. Joel lands a left but Bradley flurries his way forward. Casamayor leads with his head to force a clinch. Counter left by Casamayor, but he eats a counter right that knocks him back into the ropes. Straight right by Bradley. He lands two more shots before getting grabbed around the waist.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Bradley

Round 2

The ref warns Casamayor early for using his head. Max Kellerman says he needs to be less blatant about it. Lots of clinching break up the flow. Bradley backs up his man with both hands as Casa looks to counter. Casamayor forces some wild misses but he isn't doing much on offense. Three right hands by Bradley as he lets his hands go. He is leading with the right pretty successfully. Casamayor lands a left, maybe his first of the round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Bradley

Round 3

Casa gets knocked off balance early by a right hand. More holding as things fall into a familiar pattern. The fans don't like it much. Bradley throws a wide right hand and follows to the body. He wobbles Casamayor a bit again along the ropes. Another very wide right scores for Bradley. Two more punches and a clinch. As you may expect, a head butt looks like a distinct threat at many times. Bradley lands two more right hands in the final 20 seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Bradley

Round 4

Marquez told Kellerman between rounds he is looking for the knockout tonight. JMM's English is definitely improving. Meanwhile, Casamayor is docked a point for holding. Bradley looks like he's frustrated with it too. Counter left by Casa but not much steam on it. Bradley comes forward behind jabs, though he walks into a left. Tim works his left hand out of a hold and starts throwing head shots with both hands. Casa is making him miss some though. Bradley lands two left hooks flush. Left by Casamayor, but he takes two more.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Bradley

Round 5

Bradley keeps coming, and he drops Casa with a body shot. Joel beats the count, but he's taking some mean shots to the head and body. He goes pretty low, but the ref may not have seen it. Bradley rips hooks to the body and head. Left hook by Tim before he's tied up for the umpteenth time. Jim Lampley hopes Casamayor will be off PPV cards for good. I think that is almost a given as he takes more abuse.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Bradley

Round 6

Bradley gives Casa more damage to the body, then goes with a left upstairs and scores another knockdown. It was kind of a combo punch/shove, but whatever. Casamayor tries to stand in and trade. Bradley lets him have it with both hands. Tim seems equally comfortable fighting with his back to the ropes. A body shot forces Casa to back up. Bradley lands two right hands as he comes forward. He backs Joel up and hammers home more body shots.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Bradley

Round 7

Casamayor is still trying to time a counter, but he doesn't have many other weapons available. Bradley has numerous ones he can use. He nods his head as he's hit by a rare power shot. One-two to the head by Bradley. He lines up more right hands, stsying very patient. He keeps moving and popping Casa with single shots. Bradley slips down in the closing seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Bradley

Round 8

Bradley is now up 10 points on Harold Lederman's card (plus ours too). You don't get much less drama in a fight than that. More of the same as Bradley lands clean but not especially powerful punches. Casamayor tries to hook around Bradley's guard. Bradley lands five shots in a row, mixing them between the head and body. Double left hooks by Bradley. Now he tries the uppercut in close. Joel throws a rare combination. Bradley slugs away, landing hooks with both hands. Casa goes to a knee right before the end of the round. Joel's trainer comes through the ropes and calls a stop to this. It's for the best, believe me.

The winner by TKO at 2:59 of Round 8... and still WBO junior welterweight titleholder... Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley.

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