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Pacquiao Drops Bradley Twice Wins Decision

In what was the third fight of their rivalry Filipino icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley squared off to settle their score Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on HBO Pay per View. In the opening round Bradley jabbed and moved to his left as Pacquiao stalked. Pacquiao stepped up the intensity in round two as he backed Bradley to ropes but Bradley connected with a short right. A straight left by Pacquiao tagged Bradley early on in round three as they boxed cautiously. Pacquiao fired away combinations in round four as he landed flush on Bradley.

Bradley swung wildly to start round five as Pacquiao landed a solid straight left but Bradley responded with a right hand as both had a wild exchange late in the round. At the halfway point in round six Pacquiao pressed as Bradley was on his feet moving landing a right but Pacquiao responded with a fury of combinations. Pacquiao pressured in round seven as Bradley countered, later in the round a looping right by Pacquiao sent Bradley to the canvas. In round eight Bradley landed a huge left hook that backed Pacquiao to the ropes as Bradley moved in to attack.

Bradley boxed well and used combinations in round nine as Pacquaio was stalking but a left hook by Pacquiao sent Bradley to the canvas a second time. In round ten Bradley began to press more as Pacquiao was now the one doing the boxing. The championship rounds saw Pacquiao more conservative boxing away as Bradley sensed the urgency pressing as he was trailing in the fight. The final round saw Bradley come forward swinging for the fences as Pacquiao finished strong and cruised to the decision.

All three judges scored the bout 116-110 as Manny Pacquiao wins the WBO International welterweight title as he retires with a record of 58-6-2, 38 KO's. Timothy Bradley goes to 33-2-1, 13 KO's.

In the co-main event of the evening WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham of Germany by way of Armenia and undefeated Mexican Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez of Mazatlan, Mexico squared off. Ramirez kept his distance and boxed in the opening round as Abraham kept his hands up stalking. In round two Ramirez let loose keeping his distance as he hurt Abraham with a counter right as Abraham held and was saved by the bell. Continuing to box and keep his distance in round three Ramirez landed the straight left on the one dimensional Abraham. The southpaw Ramirez continued to box and began to follow up to the body in round four as Abraham kept going forward.

Boxing smoothly in round five Ramirez landed a low blow as the referee Kenny Bayless gave Abraham time to recover, the fight continued as the Mexican fighter continued to outbox Abraham. In round six Abraham had his best moment as he backed Ramirez to the ropes with some power shots continuing to press forward. Fighting at a distance and moving side to side, Ramirez stuck to the plan of boxing in round seven as Abraham stalked. Circling the ring in round eight Ramirez stuck the jab and follwoed up with combinations as Abraham looked for that one power punch.

The Mexican continued to use the reach to his advantage in round nine as Abraham was not doing much. Ramirez appeared to be sliding away with the fight boxing a clinic as Abraham needed and searched for the knockout. Heading into the championship rounds Ramirez played it safe keeping his distance as Abraham appeared frustrated. The champion pressed in the twelve and final round as he needed the knockout Ramirez continued to outbox Abraham in rout e to the decision win.

All three judges scored the bout 120-108 as Gilberto Ramirez wins the WBO super middleweight title and stays undefeated at 34-0, 24 KO's. Arthur Abraham goes to 44-5, 29 KO's.

Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez of Nogales, Mexico scored an impressive fourth round knockout over former world champion Evegeny Gradovich of Russia as he won the vacant WBO NABO featherweight title. Valdez boxed and moved around the ring as Gradovich stalked in the opening round. Working off the jab, Valdez followed up with a right hand tagging Gradovich in round two as the Russian appeared to be cut above right eye. Valdez jabbed away at the cut in round three as Gradovich continued to go at Valdez as he got caught with a solid right late in the round. Moving side to side in round four Valdez landed a solid left hook as Gradovich went down to the canvas referee Russell Mora waived it at 2:14 of round four.

Oscar Valdez gets passed his biggest test to date as he now stands at 19-0, 17KO's. Evegeny Gradovich goes to 21-2-1, KO's.

2012 U.S. Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez of Avenal, California fought hard and was sharp in going the distance against Denver, Colorado's Manny Perez in a scheduled ten round bout in opening up the HBO Pay per View telecast. Ramirez was in control from the start boxing skillfully as the tough Perez pressed forward. With Perez cut in round four, Ramirez teed off with the jab and followed up with combinations.

Past the halfway point in round six, the 2012 Olympian continued to use his superior skills on Perez who kept coming at Ramirez. Working off the jab in round seven Ramirez was having his way in the ring against a game Perez, the following round the Northern California fighter tallied up combinations on the aggressive Perez. Heading into the last two rounds Perez's face was a mess as Ramirez continued to pepper in round nine, the tenth and final round Ramirez closed strong as Perez stood in there the entire time.

Judges scored the bout 99-91, 98-92, 97-93, Jose Ramirez stays undefeated at 17-0, 12 KO's. Manny Perez goes to 25-12-1, KO's.

2012 Ukrainian Olympic Bronze medalist light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk knocked out former world title challenger Nadjib Mohammedi of France in two rounds. Gvozdyk connected with a huge right as Mohammedi was out cold referee Jay Nady waived the bout at 2:06.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk wins the vacant NABF light heavyweight title improving to 10-0, 8 KO's. Nadjib Mohammedi goes to 37-5, KO's.

Undefeated welterweights Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania dominated Germany's Deniz Ilbay for eight rounds in winning a unanimous decision. Off to a slow start Kavaliauskas and Ilbay sized each other in the opening round. Working off the jab in round two Kavaliauskas kept Ilbay away following up with counters as Ilbay attempted to work his way in. The Lithuanian began to pummel Ilbay with big shots as Kavaliauskas attacked the body in round five. Kavaliauskas boxed well and connected a tough Ilbay with big punches throughout the fight en route to a unanimous decision win.

All three judges scored the bout 80-72 as Egidijus Kavaliauskas stays undefeated improving his record to 13-0, KO's handing Deniz Ilbay his first loss as he goes to 15-1, 8 KO's.

Super middleweights Leon Bauer of Germany and Russian Ilshat Khusnulgatin squared off in a scheduled six round bout. Bauer pressured early in the opening round connecting Khunsnulgatin with right hands backing him to the ropes. In round two the taller Khunsnulgatin used his jab busting the aggressive Bauer's nose. Bauer continued to press in round three as the Russian stood and exchanged with his long arms making it an awkward fight.

The bleeding stopped from Bauer's nose in round four as he got inside connecting with big punches, Khunsnulgatin began to bleed from the back of his head. It was a blood bath in five as both fighters were cut on the head as Bauer and Khunsnulgatin exchanged. The final round saw the two fighters sensing the urgency as Bauer pressed forward backing Khunsnulgatin but the Russian did not give up as he finished strong.

Judges scored the bout 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55 as Leon Bauer wins a unanimous decision and stays undefeated as a prospect improving his record to 8-0, 6 KO's Ilshat Khusnulgatin goes to 12-2, KO's.

In a match up of unbeaten welterweights Russia's Konstantin Ponamarev and Brad Solomon of Lafayette, Louisiana opened up the action from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as they squared off for the NABF title. Off to a slow start things picked up in the fourth round as Ponamarev stalked behind the jab with the slick fast handed Solomon boxing and countering. In round five Ponamarev and Solomon continued to stick to their plan.

Halfway through in round six Ponamarev attacked on the inside digging to the body as Solomon appeared to slow down. The Russian began to breakdown Solomon in round seven as Ponamarev began to land big punches. In round eight Ponamarev was all over Solomon chasing and backing the Louisiana fighter to the ropes with solid punches. A solid right hand by Ponamarev in the ninth backed Solomon to the ropes. The tenth and final round saw Ponamarev press forward attacking as he landed a low blow, the referee issued a warning but the Russian finished strong outworking Solomon.

Judges scored the bout 98-92 for Ponamarev, 96-94 for Solomon and 96-94 as Konstantin Ponamarev stays undefeated improving to 30-0, KO's as Brad Solomon suffers his first loss goes to 26-1, KO's.

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