Tim Bradley scored a unanimous technical decision over Devon Alexander at the Silverdome in Detroit. The judges scored the bout, 97-93, 96-95, 98-93, all in favor or Bradley.
The fight was stopped in the beginning of the 10th round due to an accidental head butt by Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs). It was the fourth head butt commited by Bradley in the fight.
After the final butt, the referee halted the fight and went to the scorecards.
Alexander kept telling the referee that his right eye was burning.
"I couldn't see, it was burning," Alexander said. "He came in full force. I couldn't see."
Bradley told Larry Merchant he wasn't sure what caused Alexander to not go on.
Here's the ruling on head butts: If a fight goes beyond four rounds, the referee goes to the score cards to determine the winner. If the fight was halted during a round because of a head butt, the round still has to be scored no matter how much or little time has passed.
Bradley wins Alexander's WBC belt and retains his WBO 140-pound belt.
If there isn't an immediate rematch -there is reportedly a rematch clause in the contract- Bradley told Merchant who he has his sights set on.
"Khan will probably be number one on my list right now," Bradley said.
Odds are there won't be a rematch. At least not yet. Barring a chance to fight Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, Bradley will probably get a shot to unify the belts in a bout with WBA 140-pound champion Khan.
To be honest, this was a fight that no boxing fan is likely going to want to see again. It was billed as an exciting matchup between two talented undefeated American fighters. The fight never lived up to the hype.
Instead, fans were subject to a lot of head butting and headlocks. There were no knockdowns and few, if any, staggering body or head shots. This isn't to knock either fighter. But the fight was nowhere near exciting as most thought it should be.