By Lem Satterfield
WBO and WBC junior welterweight champion, Tim Bradley, shared his thoughts concerning his HBO televised, Jan. 29, unanimous, technical decision victory that dethroned southpaw WBC titlist Devon Alexander and may have set him up with bigger and better opportunities.
On the horizon for Bradley (27-0, 11 knockouts) after defeating Alexander (21-1, 13 KOs) could be potential bouts against WBA junior welterweight belt-holder Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) or WBO welterweight (147 pounds) and WBC junior middleweight (154 pounds) king, Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs), who are promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Promotions, respectively.
Bradley-Alexander ended in the 10 round as a result of the fight's fourth accidental head-butt, this, after the referee, Frank Garza, determined that Alexander could no longer see as a result of a cut over his right and left eyes and that the verdict had to go to the scorecards. There was a lot of tension in the pre-fight hype. Bradley admits the back and forth trash talking got personal.
"It was a little bit personal, going into the fight. You know, with my trainer, Joel Diaz, and everything, leading up to the fight, he was like, 'Tim, this is straight business.' He told me not to go in there and get reckless, and to take my time and to set up my shots. But from the opening bell, I felt like I just wanted to go at him," Bradley said. "I was telling my trainer, 'I just want to go at him coach, let me go and get him.' But my coach was like, 'No, first couple of rounds, you've got to be smart.' He said, 'You don't want to be caught cold with a shot.'"
"I just listened to my trainer, you know? I didn't want to let things backfire, so I just stayed poised. But, you know, looking back at everything, I just felt like with all of the hype it was personal. With Devon and his [manager and trainer,] Kevin Cunningham, doing all of their talking, that I'm afraid of him and all of that, it was personal. But when I got into the ring, I was like, 'Is this what they were talking about?' Because if that was it, then I was like, 'This is pathetic.'
"I mean, I was like, 'This boy ain't even on my level.' I mean, I could tell from the opening bell and from the first round that I was going to win the fight. I could just tell. I can just tell if it's going to be a tough fight or if it's going to be an easy night for me. I just know right off. I was telling everybody all week that I just couldn't wait to get into the ring to feel this kid. I just wanted to feel his if he had any strength or any speed or any power. I wanted to feel if I could take it. But after the first round in there with Devon, I was like, 'This fight is mine, and I have this in the bag.'"
Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here.