Bert Sugar's Breakdown of Alexander-Bradley

by Bert Sugar (with Steve Small)

Boxing historian and the co-author of "The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists," breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of each fighter and shows you the winning blueprint for each fighter.

STRENGTHS OF BOTH FIGHTERS

TIMOTHY "DESERT STORM" BRADLEY
  • Bradley possesses fast hands and quick movements.
  • Likes to lean back when opponents throw power shots, making them lean in to reach him, then counters with looping overhand right.
  • Has experience against southpaws, Alexander being one, having fought four in his last 11 fights and winning all.
DEVON "THE GREAT" ALEXANDER
  • An elusive defensive fighter, Alexander has quick hands.
  • Moves to right well, effective against right-handed fighters, like Bradley.
  • Possesses a good, stiff jab

WEAKNESSES OF BOTH FIGHTERS
BRADLEY
  • Goes right hand crazy, often winding up to throw.
  • Average power.
  • Tends to drop hands in exchanges.

ALEXANDER
  • An arm puncher, with below-average power.
  • Drops hands after he punches, leaving his chin exposed.
  • Likes to stand in and wing punches rather than using his speed and elusiveness on the outside

WHAT EACH MUST DO TO WIN

BRADLEY
  • Needs to keep Alexander in front of him by keeping his lead left foot outside of Alexander's lead right.
  • Must use his left hook more and not depend solely on winging right hands.
  • Needs to tighten up his defense against the fast-punching Alexander.

ALEXANDER
  • Needs to keep jabbing and turning Bradley.
  • Needs to stay outside where he has an advantage rather than engaging Bradley inside in a slugfest.
  • Must keep moving to his right, away from Bradley's right, where he can dictate the action.