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Old 06-19-2010, 05:48 PM
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Arrow Bradley on Devon, "It needs to build up a little bit... this is a business."

Bradley ready for Abregu, the welterweights
Posted Jun. 15, 2010 at 10:23am
By Doug Fischer

Timothy Bradley’s July 17 welterweight fight with Argentine slugger Carlos Abregu is being billed as two debuts for the undefeated junior welterweight -- his first fight on HBO and his first in the 147-pound division.

That’s not entirely true. While Bradley (25-0, 11 knockouts), a staple of Showtime’s boxing programming for the past few years, is making his HBO debut, his fight with Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs), which takes place in his backyard of Rancho Mirage, Calif., is not the Palm Springs native’s first welterweight bout.

Bradley, an amateur standout in the 152-pound division, turned pro at welterweight in August of 2004 and fluctuated between 139 and 146˝ pounds over the next three years before he traveled to the UK and outpointed British veteran Junior Witter to win a junior welterweight title in May of 2008.

Decision victories over fellow titleholder Kendall Holt last April and undefeated interim beltholder Lamont Peterson in December elevated Bradley to the top the deep 140-pound division’s rankings but his No. 1 status has not helped him land the high-profile junior welterweight bouts he desires.

Bradley wants showdowns with popular British titleholder Amir Khan and fellow Southern California standout Victor Ortiz. He thought his first HBO date would be a clash with highly regarded Marcos Maidana, but the Argentine puncher twice pulled out of fights with Bradley.

Only Devon Alexander, the marvelously talented southpaw beltholder from St. Louis, seems interesting in fighting Bradley, but that’s a fight that Bradley and his team -- co-promoters Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing, and manager Cameron Dunkin -- believe needs to be built up.

So Bradley is re-entering the welterweight division on July 17 in hopes of attracting the established 147-pound contenders into the ring.

“I hope a win over a strong welterweight like Carlos Abregu launches a big fight for me and gets me in the pound-for-pound lists,” Bradley told members of the media during a Monday afternoon conference call. “If it doesn’t, I’ll just keep fighting. We know Devon Alexander is there at 140 pounds.”

“I want to fight (Alexander), and I’m willing to fight him in his hometown (St. Louis), but it needs to build up a little bit. I know people hate to hear this, but this is a business.”

Right now the big business is at welterweight. Bradley realizes that fights with Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. are unlikely, but showdowns with Shane Mosley or Andre Berto are possible and those fights would earn him more money than any top junior welterweight.

Berto and Bradley fought once in the amateurs, the finals of the 2003 national Golden Gloves tournament. Berto beat Bradley for the 152-pound title, but all those who witnessed the encounter say it’s one of the best amateur fights they’ve ever seen.

“It was a toe-to-toe fight, a high-octane, fast-paced exiting fight,” Bradley said. “I didn’t win the fight, but it was a great fight. It could have went either way. I was sick when I fought him, believe it or not, so I wasn’t at my best.

“If we fought now, it would be amazing. We both have big hearts, we both have speed, and we’re both combination punchers.”

It sounds like Berto brings the best out of Bradle, however, the undefeated titleholder also brings more power to the ring than any 140-pound contender, as most of the top welterweights do. Bradley is OK with that.

“It’s a big risk, going up in weight, but this is what separates stars from other fighters,” Bradley said. “We’re just trying to put ourselves into position to open up a new opportunities.”

Abregu is the gateway to those opportunities. If nothing else, the all-action brawler makes for fun TV. Abregu got up from two knockdowns to KO Irving Garcia in a wild fight-of-the-year candidate last year. In his last fight he got up from a second-round knockdown and dropped opponent Richard Gutierrez in the third before taking control of the fight down the stretch.

While Bradley was entertained by Abregu’s display of guts, he wasn’t impressed with the 27-year-old Argentine’s skill or technique.

“He’s a basic fighter,” Bradley said of Abregu. “He just looks to land a big right hand. He doesn’t move a lot and his defense isn’t that great, but he’s dangerous because he can punch and he can take a punch. He’s got a big heart, he’s got up the off the canvas twice and knocked a guy out.

“But I should be able to use my speed, my footwork, my angles, and my knowledge against him and win this fight. I’ve been sparring with 5-foot-10, 5-foot-11, and 6-foot junior middleweights and middleweights in the gym and I’m looking pretty good.”

If Bradley looks good against Abregu, who knows what the future holds for the 26-year-old titleholder.

When Bradley told the media that he’s coming down from 165 pounds for the Abregu fight and is currently around 155 pounds, Shaw cracked: “I didn’t know you were that heavy, Timmy, maybe we should go after the junior middleweights.”


“Let’s go to 154 pounds and fight (Miguel) Cotto, man,” Bradley said.

“I would do that (fight) in a second,” Shaw told the media. “I think Bradley knocks Cotto out.”

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Old 06-19-2010, 05:49 PM
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Like Bradley has such a box office following to say this.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:53 PM
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Bradley loses to Devon and gets beaten by all the top welterweights..... I even think Collazo can pull off the victory.

Bradley has no power at LWW, so the WW's will eat him up IMO.... Don't care how good your footwork or speed is, in modern day boxing you some sort of pop to get your opponents respect.
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Bradley loses to Devon and gets beaten by all the top welterweights..... I even think Collazo can pull off the victory.

Bradley has no power at LWW, so the WW's will eat him up IMO.... Don't care how good your footwork or speed is, in modern day boxing you some sort of pop to get your opponents respect.
I think Bradley will have more pop at WW. We'll see soon.
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Bradley is fast loseing the very few fans he got.

but all said and done, he's right, its business, he's not ducking anyone just trying to maximise as much money as possible
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Like Bradley has such a box office following to say this.
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What a clown man. Ugh.
HBO obviously wants them to build up the fight also

& Bradley would benefit more from it (money wise) if he did.

his view of it is:

why take a fight against Devon now, when you could fight that same person a year later and make more. . ? ?

i would love to see them face each other as much as the next person,

but no need to hate the guy, we're not the ones who are boxing for a living.
the money he makes means more to him because it's what feeds his family.

& they will get this fight done someday.


but what i want to know is why people hate bradley so much?
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Bradley, this is what fans want to hear (quoted from Vanes Martirosyan): "I am ready to fight anybody. Whoever wants to fight let's do it. I am looking for big names though. It is not about the money. it is about me trying to how good I am. I know a lot of people are doubting me in the sport. I want to prove them wrong. I know I can beat everyone else. I just want the chance, the opportunity to shine. The better the people they put me up against the better I am going to look. That is why I want the best."

now it's not like i get excited when Vanes fights but with his outlook I will definitely give him the benefit of the doubt over Bradley
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This is common sense and a great move by Bradley. Look Kirkland and Angulo both agreed that they should fight later on when it means something, on their legacy and pay checks. Same as Khan and Maidana

Fighting this early is pointless.

Bradley should fight Maidana
Devon should fight Khan

A few title defense each to set up a blockbuster
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Bradley, initially was thought of King of the 140 division, but mention Devon Alexandra and he starts laying bricks..
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