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Bradley gets split decision over Marquez in Vegas

the 30-year-old american hangs onto his belt.

Timothy Bradley shouts to fans as he poses for photos with the title belt and referee Robert Byrd.
Timothy Bradley shouts to fans as he poses for photos with the title belt and referee Robert Byrd.
Image: : Julie Jacobson/AP/Press Association Images

TIMOTHY BRADLEY HAS retained his WBO welterweight title with a split-decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday.

The undefeated American, 30, was fighting a man 10 years his senior and just came through on top in Las Vegas.

Judges Robert Hoyle (115-113) and Patricia Morse Jarman (116-112) scored the fight in Bradley’s favour, while Glenn Feldman (115-113) had it Marquez’s way.

Mexican Marquez was upset as he left the ring afterwards, a decision which came after his six-round knockout of Manny Pacquiao in December last year.

After a tame start, the bout came to life late in the second round as it ended with a flurry of punches. Bradley took advantage as Marquez began to tire midway through the fight with the former the far more active.

Marquez struck a few blows in the ninth but neither boxer was connecting with many decisive ones until the 10th round.

Bradley landed a right hand and Marquez countered, with the Mexican’s glove hitting the canvas after he slipped. Marquez looked like he needed a knockout to win and as both grew increasingly tired, Bradley staggered his opponent with a left hook in the final round.

Bradley improved to 31-0 as Marquez’s record slipped to 55-7-1.

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