Timothy Bradley defeated Brandon Rios by technical knockout in the ninth round to retain the World Boxing Organization welterweight title on Saturday night.
Coachella Valley’s Bradley (33-1-1, 13 knockouts) claimed the belt following his June 7 victory over Jessie Vargas. The WBO stripped Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the belt he won May 2, when he defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision. Mayweather declined to pay sanctioning dues.
The bout follow the co-main event on HBO, in which WBO featherweight title champion Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1) of the Ukraine defeated Mexico’s Romulo Koasicha (25-5) by knockout in the 10th round.