When undefeated light welterweight champion from Palm Springs, California, Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley went to Detroit in January of this year to unify the titles, he discovered a harsh truth; his was not a household name. Highly publicized HBO unification showdown between two undefeated champions attracted little fan fair in Detroit and did little to help Bradley with his name recognition. He did win the fight, but his opponent, Devon Alexander, did not show up, thus creating a real stinker for the first boxing event of this year. Perfect inside the squared circle Bradley decided that he had to do something about it outside the ring.
“I didn’t really like the way my career was going and I didn’t like the direction they were taking me, “said Bradley last week during media work out at the Santa Anita Race track in Arcadia:” I am a three time world champion. The hardcore boxing fans know who I am, but as far as general public; they didn’t really know who I was.”
Bradley decided to cut ties with his promoters, Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson. That fight ended up in court. “Outside of that I really wanted to get with a promotional company that actually promoted their fighters, “continued Bradley:” And get them the exposure that they need to become superstars in the game, because that’s my ultimate goal; to become a super star to become number one pound for pound fighter in the game. I didn’t t feel that I was going to be able to do it with Gary Shaw or Thompson Boxing, great promotional companies, but I didn’t feel like they could take me to the next level. That’ the reason why I decided to make that move and go over to Top Rank. Top Rank built many of champions that we see today. Floyd Mayweather, built by Top Rank, Oscar De La Hoya, another great promoter, built by Top Rank, the list goes on. Top Rank organization, they bring a lot to the table.”
Earlier this year Bradley was offered another big unification bout with rising star from England, Amir Kahn. Despite being widely criticized for not taking it, Timothy Bradley decided to leave that one alone, until the fight with promoters was finished; only one fight at a time.
“Even if I was to fight Amir Khan and win the fight, I felt that my career wasn’t going to move anywhere,” Bradley said:” The timing and the fact that I didn’t want to be still in a contract with my promoters and I didn’t take that fight because of that. It all had a lot to do with it; my decision not to take that fight. I am not afraid of Amir Khan. Amir Kahn knows that. He can say whatever he wants; sooner or later we are going to get it on, either at 140 or 147, we are going to get it on.”
Ranked among the top ten pound for pound fighters in the world today, Bradley feels he is ready for a big stage. He is going to take a first step in that direction when he faces former Olympic Gold medalist from Cuba, Joel Cassamayor this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez bout. The event will be televised live by HBO PPV.
“I am looking for a bigger fish in the game,” concluded Bradley:” I am looking to fight best pound for pound fighters in the game. That’s Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather. I have already paid my dues. I am tree time world champion. Let me get a shot. I feel that I’ve earned the right to fight these guys. I am going to continue to win every fight that I possibly get in so that I can get into contention to fight these guys.”
Promoter Bob Arum stated that he never discussed Pacquiao with Bradley, but unless Floyd Mayweather decides to engage, Filipino super star is running out of opponents.
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