By: Mike Sloan ringside in Las Vegas: It took quite a few rounds to take out the old grizzled veteran, but Timothy Bradley got the job done and scored a dominating stoppage over the biggest name on his resume thus far. The matchup was as lopsided as they come and Bradley was simply too quick and strong (see: young) for the 40-year old Joel Casamayor. The Californian systematically tore apart the Cuban and scored knockdowns in rounds five, six and eight and beat him so emphatically that Miguel Diaz had no option but to end the assault by throwing in the towel with a second left in the eighth.
Casamayor never protested.
Bradley implored a vicious body attack and beautiful counter punching upstairs and Casamayor could stop neither. His defense was sorely lacking due to eroded skills and Bradley patiently broke him down piece by piece. Hard hooks were dug to the body and Casamayor took a knee late in the eighth. When he arose to try and fend off his assailant, Bradley landed punches from every angle and it was then, when Casamayor (38-6-1, 22 KOs) was badly wobbled and virtually defenseless, that Diaz threw in the towel.
The former world champion had never looked so worn out and shot and the dismantling at the hands of the potential future elite level fighter was the worst loss of his illustrious career. Whether the former Olympic gold medalist fights again remains to be seen, but the moment belonged to Bradley. The win might propel him into a mega fight with once-beaten UK star Amir Khan, a fight Bradley turned down earlier this year.
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November 12, 2011