"It was disappointing to see the fight end on a headbutt. Timothy Bradley is a rugged guy who leads with his head sometimes. He's a fighter that comes straight at you; you can try hitting him with a stool and you still won't stop him. Every time he fights, he's the shorter guy, and I'm sure he doesn't mean to come in hitting you with his head. You have to be careful when you fight him and be prepared for him getting on the inside...Timothy Bradley is going to be tough for anyone at 140. I'm not looking forward to a rematch, but I will be looking forward to Bradley-Khan, if Amir Khan wins his next fight on April 16th," stated HBO unofficial ringside scorer Harold Lederman, who shared his thoughts on Timothy Bradley's win this past weekend over Devon Alexander. Check out what else he had to say about Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao, Sergio Martinez, Evander Holyfield, the Super Six tournament, and much more.
JA: Harold, give us your thoughts on the Timothy Bradley/Devon Alexander fight?
HL: It was disappointing to see the fight end on a headbutt. Timothy Bradley is a rugged guy who leads with his head sometimes. He's a fighter that comes straight at you; you can try hitting him with a stool and you still won't stop him. Every time he fights, he's the shorter guy, and I'm sure he doesn't mean to come in hitting you with his head. You have to be careful when you fight him and be prepared for him getting on the inside.
JA: How did you have the fight going?
HL: 97-93. I had it the same way Dwayne Forde scored the fight. It worked out being seven rounds to three for Bradley. He's a rugged fighter who turns over the right hand and he has a lot more power than what people give him credit for. He can punch. Alexander tried to run and jab. I'm not the first person to say this, but he's a jab-and-grab guy. Frank Garza let Alexander hold a lot in the fight. Frank did a good job, but he let Alexander hold too much. Timothy Bradley is going to be tough for anyone at 140. I'm not looking forward to a rematch, but I will be looking forward to Bradley-Khan, if Amir Khan wins his next fight on April 16th.
JA: Were you surprised Alexander couldn't make the adjustments in the fight?
HL: He's wasn't powerful enough to do it. All he seemed to get in was more right jabs than anything else. I didn't see him land any straight lefts down the middle. I think you have to be a puncher to stop Timothy Bradley. He comes at you like a freight train and we saw that in his last fight when he wore down a welterweight. Going into the fight, after seeing both fighters previously, I had this fight going exactly how this fight went. I try not to pre-judge fights because I have to score the fights, but this is how I saw the fight going.
JA: With the fight being billed up as a possible Fight of the Year and a big boom for boxing, do you think the fight lived up to the hype?
HL: No, it didn't. People wanted to see this fight and they were anticipating seeing this fight, like you would see Mayweather-Pacquiao or Klitschko-Haye, for the simple reason you had two undefeated fighters going head to head. Whenever you have two champions going up against each other, people want to see it, and to add that they're both undefeated, people were really looking forward to the fight and unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype. If Devon would have stayed there and traded with him, then it possibly could have lived up to the hype. He decided to keep moving, keep jabbing, keep moving, keep jabbing and grabbing. If Alexander would have stayed and traded with him, I think we would have seen the second coming of Gatti-Ward. Alexander is capable of banging with Bradley, but he opted not to.
JA: I believe there is a rematch clause...
HL: (Cutting In) That's what Alexander was saying in the ring, and I'm not sure about that. I don't know if HBO is locked into the fight. I was reading a few articles today that said HBO is not interested in a rematch and they would rather see Bradley move on to face Amir Khan to define one true champion in the division.
JA: How do you see the fight playing out between Khan-Bradley?
HL: Amir has a fight scheduled for April 16th on HBO and I think he will have another fight before he gets to Bradley. As for how Bradley-Khan goes, wow! Very good fight. Whether Khan can punch to keep Bradley off of him, we'll see. It's going to be interesting because the last guy Amir Khan stood in the ring and traded with, it got him knocked out against Breidis Prescott in the first round. Who knows if Amir Khan will be gunshy when it comes to Timothy Bradley . On the other hand, you have to give Amir credit because he got nailed in the tenth round by Marcos Maidana and you know he can take a real good punch.
JA: Evander Holyfield had a fight last week. What's your opinion on him still fighting?
HL: Honestly, it's sad. I like Evander as a person, and what a world champion he was. Two guys I would love to see retire is Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones. Now that Roy Jones has a full-time job as the expert analysis for HBO Boxing After Dark, I whispered in his ear and I said, "You have an income coming in. You don't need to get hit in the head anymore." Same thing with Evander; he had a massive amateur career and then the longest professional heavyweight career and he's still at it. I would love to see him get a job managing, training, or promoting, so he would have the money to retire. I know he has a lot of problems with child support, and he also has a big house, so I know he has a lot of expenses and I don't believe that story for one minute that he wants to win another world championship and then get out. People fight for money and that's it. I would love to see him retire.
JA: Is Shane Mosley someone else you would like to see retire?
HL: Chris Robinson quoted me as saying Manny Pacquiao would murder Shane Mosley and if I said it, I said it half-heartedly. I'm sure Shane has a lot of skills and a lot of abilities left, but not the way he was in his prime. Coming off the Sergio Mora fight, which I thought he should have one handily, it's a tough fight fighting a Manny Pacquiao because he's sharp, quick and in his prime. On the other hand, I'm sure Shane is going to be competitive and will be one of the better opponents Manny has taken on. Nobody wants to pass up a Manny Pacquiao payday with the way he does pay-per-view buys and the ratings that he draws. I wish Shane the best, but deep down in my heart, I don't think he can win the fight. You never know; stranger things have happened in boxing. Good for Shane Mosley because he got the fight that everyone else in the sport of boxing wanted. I just hope the fight is competitive.
JA: Sergio Martinez looked really good in his last fight against Paul Williams where he knocked him out. What do you think of Sergio Martinez as a fighter?
HL: He looks amazing. The first fight was as close as you can get and the second fight, he blew him out and that's no easy feet. Antonio Margarito couldn't do that to Paul Williams. Paul is a tough fighter who's a tall lanky southpaw with a great right hand. The guy that Sergio is fighting is a no-win situation. Sergei Dzinziruk, who is a southpaw, undefeated, and has great punching ability, I watched him when he fought Joel Julio. He has all the skills in the world, but no one knows him. Sergio could lose to this guy and if he wins, they will say, "So what? He beat a nobody." The only winning situation is the money in which Sergio will be getting for this fight. If he fought Sturm and beat him, then everyone would be excited because he beat the WBA champion. Sergio Martinez is going to be in a tough fight on March 12th against Sergei Dzinziruk.
JA: Are you enjoying the Super Six tournament?
HL: No doubt about it, and even though it's from the opposing network and it's coming from Harold Lederman, I love the Super Six. We saw a lot of great fights and a lot of great fighters competing against each other. I'm sad to see some of the boxers fall out, like Jermain Taylor, Mikkel Kessler and Andre Dirrel. Andre Ward has really established himself in this tournament and has become a superstar. I thought Mikkel Kessler was going to be a shoe-in to win this tournament after I saw him give Joe Calzaghe fits in Cardiff. Carl Froch has become a star and Arthur Abraham has turned from a person nobody cared about into a star. I'm anxious to see Glen Johnson and Carl Froch fight. Glen Johnson is a fighter who many thought should have retired many years ago and he keeps coming back, putting on great performances. He moved from 175 down to 168 and he's fighting like he's at 175. Great tournament and I really enjoyed it thus far.
JA: Is there anything that you would like to say in closing?
HL: It's going to be a great year of boxing with all of the fighters fighting this year. You have a big fight coming up on HBO on March 12th with Sergio Martinez against Sergei Dzinziruk and then you have Amir Khan fighting on April 16th. It's going to be a great year of boxing in 2011.