Valero scores high, while Diaz tanks on boxing report card
All that was really known about Valero before Saturday night's showdown with
However, I don't think Valero is quite ready for universally recognized lightweight champion
Give Bradley credit. After being dropped by a picture-perfect left hook from
The fact that
Instead, Andrade will enter his anticipated rematch with IBF champion
For some reason, watching Holt fight reminded me of watching Clippers forward
Similarly, when Holt scored a first round knockdown of Bradley, it caused him to break from his game plan. Holt got cocky. He strutted around the ring, abandoned his jab and was content to look for that one punch that would knock out Bradley. It never came. Meanwhile, Bradley kept accumulating rounds until Holt's only option was to go for the knockout. If Holt had just stuck to his game plan and thrown that stinging jab and counterpunched with the aggressive Bradley, he probably would have won the fight. He may have even KO'd Bradley. Instead, Holt lost a wide decision that would have been even more lopsided had he not scored a 12th-round knockdown. Holt called for a rematch after the fight, but Bradley is under no obligation to give him one. Face it, Kendall: you blew it.
Did Diaz not take
Afterwards, Diaz had the audacity to suggest that his training was compromised by the switch from Casamayor to Reyes. Huh? Unless Diaz had a comprehensive strategy to beat Casamayor that was not applicable at all to Reyes, that's a pathetic excuse. With two knock-out losses in his last four fights, Diaz faces a steep climb back to contender status.