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 Last update:  11/18/2011       Read more by Jake Donovan         
   
Bradley-Paris is Nothing But Twitter Gossip, Says Top Rank
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By Jake Donovan

Its been a busy enough stretch for Las Vegas-based promotional company Top Rank Inc. to have to worry about idle gossip. Yet such a matter was placed in their inbox, when rumors of a 140 lb. showdown between Timothy Bradley and Vernon Paris spread through the Twitter world.

My next fight is going to be against Timothy Desert Storm Bradley on HBO, Paris insisted to online followers on his Twitter page (@vernonparisvip). Im 28-0; Tim (is) 26-0. Its going down, [W]est [C]oast verus [E]ast [C]oast, March 24 (on) HBO.

There are several problems with the claims being made by the undefeated prospect. Chief among them, Top Rank hasnt yet discussed any fight with Bradley, much less secure a date or venue with HBO given that there is nobody there to make such plans.

We havent even moved past January 12 yet, stated Kery Davis, Senior Vice President for HBO Sports.

Top Rank has also vehemently denied any rumors of working out plans for a Bradley-Paris fight.

We dont have a date, a venue, or anyone to talk to, said Bruce Trampler, the Hall-of-Fame matchmaker for Top Rank, referring to the changes at the top level of HBO and Showtime. Its a great fight if its there to be made, but we havent discussed anything with Tim.

Bradley recently made his Top Rank debut, scoring a seventh round stoppage over former two-division champion Joel Casamayor in their pay-per-view chief support bout last Saturday in Las Vegas. The bout was Bradelys first in ten months, due to legal issues over his splitting from co-promoters Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.

Getting Bradley back in the ring in the next four months would be an ideal scenario, but its difficult to do while the two biggest networks for boxing are unable to book fights.

Its been widely reported that boxing schedules for both HBO and Showtime are currently on hold, given the shakeup at the top level for both networks. Ken Hershman is leaving his gig as executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports to take control of the reins at HBO in the wake of Ross Greenburg stepping down earlier this year.

Showtime has recently announced that Stephen Espinoza will be replacing Hershman in heading up its sports programming. Hershman is already removed from the decision making at Showtime, although his role at HBO doesnt officially begin until January 9.

As a result, neither network has been adding any fights to its boxing schedule. The lone exception has been plans for HBO to stage the rematch between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz, but that was something worked out by Davis and the current staff in place as the last bit of business to be tended to before Hershman assumes control in a few weeks.

The staff at Top Rank is well aware of whats going on with both networks, which is why all of its focus has been on its remaining schedule. Any fights that have been discussed such as a possible vacant 122 lb. title fight between Nonito Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr are tentatively slotted to air on pay-per-view, at least until they have clearance to talk to a network about airing such a matchup.

As to why Paris would start such a rumor?

Hes a good fighter, but apparently hes also one hell of a tweeter, Trampler theorizes.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to JakeNDaBox@gmail.com

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comment by Rome-By-Ko, on 11-19-2011
I like Paris seems like a good fighter,would not mind seeing him in with Alvarado Garcia or Morales...

comment by 4Corners, on 11-19-2011
[QUOTE=ChestRockwell]I just don't understand why Tim Bradley gets any publicity. He is neck and neck with Andre Ward for the most boring fighter in the sport. Styles make fights right? His style is garbage. Tim Bradley is an over-hyped American fighter who hasn't really faced any competition.[/QU...

comment by 4Corners, on 11-19-2011
Paris hasn't done s**t to deserve a shot at Bradley, period. He should fight someone like Cayo, Vargas, or even Judah at this point to put some stock into his name. Maidana, Guerrero, Matthysse, and Alvarado have all done more than Paris.

comment by ChestRockwell, on 11-19-2011
I just don't understand why Tim Bradley gets any publicity. He is neck and neck with Andre Ward for the most boring fighter in the sport. Styles make fights right? His style is garbage. Tim Bradley is an over-hyped American fighter who hasn't really faced any competition.

comment by leonthegee, on 11-19-2011
I like Vernon Paris. I remember that Tim Coleman fight becuz those two really hated each other. A lot of sh1t talking was posted on fighthype leading up to it so I tuned in. But I dont see this fight happening. Im sure Slob Arum has bigger plans for Bradley than Vernon Paris. Unless he owns Verno...

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