Shaw Warns Top Rank, Says Tim Bradley Deal is Terrific
By Michael Marley
WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley is obviously looking to spread his wings and fly away from Big Gary Shaw's promotional nest.
But Shaw, who claims Bradley has been offered an 80/20 revenue split with the tracksuit-wearing promoter, has a legal chokehold--having first refusal, last refusal and matching rights--on the champion from Palm Springs.
If you want to be a wiseguy you can ask, why would Big Gary want to give Bradley 80% of the promotional pie for a July 23 big bout against Golden Boys' Amir Khan. But it's not like that it's Shaw taking the smaller percentage.
"Should I give Bradley 100%? Should I work for free?" Shaw asked when I spoke with him. "I found Bradley fighting in a lumberyard for Thompson Boxing, don't forget that."
Plainly, Shaw, the fighter and manager Cameron Dunkin are not working in harmony and the Khan bout won't go down on the date HBO seemed to desire. Asked when his hold on Bradley expires, Shaw demurred. It has been reported consistenly to be June 30 when his pact terminates.
Shaw said the 80% for Bradley "could be in exess of $1.3 and I don't think it would be any less. It's a terrific deal, with Bradley taking 80%. I'm the same guy who got Tim $1.1 for Devon Alexander in January. It's not easy these days to extract this kind of money."
As far as Top Rank's Bob Arum telling Lem Satterfield he's got a hands off Bradley approach, Shaw said the lip service is not surprising.
"I had (attorney) Leon Margules hit him with a tortious interference legal warning letter a day or so ago," Shaw said. "I know Tim went to see Mosley against Pacquiao and I know they (Top Rank) were all over Bradley."
Like Arum keep on saying, guys like Gary Shaw are not real promoters. They broker fights to the networks. Bradley is a great fighter, but is not known to the casual boxing fans. People know more of JunaMa and Brandon…Comment by gopi11 on 05-12-2011
[QUOTE=jrrod02;10524933]I don't understand why so many on here are bashing Gary Shaw. The guy is a good promoter who is never afraid to put his fighters in a tough fight. His problem is his lack of funds don't allow him…Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 05-12-2011
[QUOTE=wazaa.;10526275]I hope he goes to GBP. I don't care about Khan-Bradley anymore.[/QUOTE] Staop it wazaa you know you care,there is no bigger fight for Khan or Bradley then the one they will have with each other..Don't be bitter man this…Comment by Nonito Donaire on 05-12-2011
i hate that b1tch, trying to act like a superstar when hes a nobody. once he loses, i hope arum will throw his worthless as$ out.Comment by wazaa. on 05-12-2011
I hope he goes to GBP. I don't care about Khan-Bradley anymore.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (32)