Two-time world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley of Palm Springs, Calif., thought he did enough to win, but his action-packed main event fight against Diego Chaves was scored a 12-round draw in front of a sold-out crowd inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 13.
Notable names in attendance included boxers Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Ángel “Mikey” García, Terence Crawford and Jesse Vargas. The Top Rank tripleheader was televised by HBO.
“I thought I won at least eight of the 12 rounds and deserved victory,” Bradley said in the ring at the end of the main event.
“Me, I thought I won clearly,” said Chaves, who battled Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios in The Chelsea earlier this year.
The scores were Bradley 115-113, Chaves 116-112 and the third card was 114-114.There were discussions about a rematch following the bout.
Middleweight Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland rocked undefeated Matt Korobov of Orotukan, Russia with a hook to the chin in the 6th round to stop him and win the world 160-pound championship. Lee said he dedicated the victory to his former trainer, the late Emanuel Steward “who would have been so proud of me.” Lee said his first title defense will be in Ireland.
Jose Benavidez of Phoenix beat Mauricio Herrera of Riverside, California to capture the World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Junior Welterweight crown. Benavidez trained for two months in Big Bear Mountain where he ran for miles on snow covered mountain trails. Benavidez won by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112.
The very popular USA Olympian Jose Ramirez of Avenal, California stopped Anthony Arellano of San Ysidro in the sixth round. Ramirez, who attracted more than 10,000 fans for his last fight in Fresno, is now 13-0-0.
“Round of applause for this great facility, The Cosmopolitan, the greatest place to view a fight, the greatest place to put on a fight,” said Bob Arum, chief executive officer and founder of Top Rank during the post-fight conference.