Bradley denied by stunning draw
By Mark G. Butcher at ringside: Tim Bradley overcame a badly swollen, possibly fractured, left cheekbone to outhustle roughhousing Argentine Diego Chaves over 12 uncompromising rounds in a fight the judges bemusingly scored a split draw.
Lee discombobulates Korobov in six, Benavides controversy
By Mark G. Butcher at ringside: Andy Lee scored a stunning sixth round stoppage of previously unbeaten Matt Korobov to win the vacant WBO middleweight title, prompting wild scenes of jubilation from the Irish contingent in the crowd. A monstrous right hook discombobulated the Russian and, when Lee pounced, Korobov was unable to defend himself prompting referee Kenny Bayless’ intervention after 1-10 seconds of the sixth.
Vargas closes in on Pacquiao showdown
By Mark G. Butcher in Las Vegas: WBA junior welterweight champion Jessie Vargas is closing in on a dream showdown with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao in April 2015, according to the fighter. The bout could take place in the unbeaten Vargas’ hometown of Las Vegas.