While Amir Khan was earning a decision against Devon Alexander on Showtime Saturday night (Dec. 13), former champ Timothy Bradley took on Diego Chaves on HBO.
Fans watching the fight believed Bradley was the clear winner, but the judges decided on a split draw, leaving the sellout crowd of 2,400 stunned. Judge Burt Clements scored it 115-113 for Bradley, Julie Lederman surprisingly had it 116-112 for Chaves and Craig Metcalfe had it 114-114.
“I thought I won at least eight rounds,” Bradley said after the fight. “I’m not going to say it was horrible, but I’m not a judge. I maybe give him four rounds [won], max five. I was landing clean punches and felt like I won the fight.”
“I don’t understand anymore,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Bradley’s promoter, adding that he thought the scoring was as bad as the scoring that gave Bradley a hugely controversial split-decision win against Manny Pacquiao in their first fight. “Julie Lederman [of New York] should not be allowed to judge in this state anymore. That was the worst decision. I had it 8-4 for Bradley. I could see it 7-5. OK, maybe even 114-114. But her scorecard for Chaves was an absolute disgrace.”
Lederman’s father, unofficial HBO judge Harold Lederman, had it 116-112 for Bradley.
Chavez (23-2-1, 19 KOs) didn’t agree with the scorecards either, but disagreed with the general consensus. “I felt I was the one who did most of the work in this fight,” je said through a translator. “At the end of the fight, I was the one who stepped up. I thought it was a close fight, but I thought I won the fight.”
Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) was looking to make a bold statement, after the only loss of his career — losing a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao in April.