by Chuck Johnson
PONTIAC, MI – Timothy Bradley won the 140-pound world title unification bout Saturday night against Devon Alexander, but the fight didn’t end the way he or most boxing fans would have preferred.
Alexander suffered the first defeat of his career when he was unable to continue after an accidental butt at 1:59 of the 10th round.The southpaw from St. Louis earlier had sustained a cut over his right eye from an accidental head butt in the third round.
Refereee Frank Garza consulted with the ringside physician before the outcome was put in the hands of the three judges, who unanimously sided with Bradley by scores of 97-93, 96-95 and 98-93.
Bradley (27-0) came in as the WBO champion and defended that title as well as claiming the WBC title Alexander (2l-0) held.