By Lem Satterfield
WBO/WBC junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley reached out to BoxingScene.com to set the record straight on the recent rumors that he allegedly signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. Bradley also discusses his status with promoter Gary Shaw, when he plans to return, what division and more.
BoxingScene.com - On the reports that he has signed with Top Rank Promotions:
Basically, whatever this guy Jesse Reid is saying, he doesn't know what he's talking about. I haven't signed with Top Rank. I don't talk to Jesse Reid. I know of him, but I don't talk to him like that. I don't know where he's getting his information from, but I'm not officially signed with Top Rank or anybody or Golden Boy.
Right now, I'm at a standstill due to the fact that I've got to get ready for the litigation with Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing Promotions. So right now, as I said, everything in my career is at a standstill. I'm not signed with anybody, and I just wanted to let everybody know.
But after all of this litigation is done and whatever happens through this, everybody is going to know, first thing, who I'm signed with."
BoxingScene.com - On the status of his contract with Gary Shaw:
I don't want to get into all of that, but I will tell you this much. To me, I will just tell you that my contract is up. To me, honestly, I think that I've served my time and that I've done exactly what I'm supposed to do as a fighter. I've fulfilled every obligation that I was supposed to fulfill in the contract.
I've done more than the norm. Thompson Boxing and Gary Shaw Promotions have been great. It's been a great ride and it's been a great relationship. I don't have bad blood with them at all. You know, they just can't offer me what I'm looking for.
BoxingScene.com - On what he believes is potentially more promising about either Golden Boy Promotions or Top Rank Promotions:
As far as one of them if they were to sign me, as far as their companies, I actually just think that they have a lot more that they can offer. Golden Boy and [Top Rank Promotions] Bob Arum, they just have a lot more in terms of the fights that I'm looking for.
It just boils down to straight out business, and what I want to accomplish in boxing. I feel that Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Promotions, they have done a great job with me as a fighter. They're one of the reasons that I'm in the position where I'm at besides me winning those fights.
I trained my butt off, and I have a good team, and I won those fights. But the train doesn't move unless I do my job and unless I win, so I've done my part and they've done their part. But at this given time in my career, you know, there's nothing else that they can offer me.
I have to be honest with you that there is nothing else that they can offer me. It just boils to business. No hard feelings. I've got nothing but love for both of them, even though they think that I've been ignorant and stupid and you know, whatever.
Just knot this: If I wasn't doing my job, they would find a very quick way to get rid of me. So, I mean, that's pretty much it. I'm looking for the bigger fish out there, which they don't have, and which these other two promoters do have. That's the bottom line. You know, that's pretty much the bottom line and that's it in a nutshell.
BoxingScene.com - Where do you believe your next fight will take place, at 140 or 147?
I don't know. To be honest with you, 140 is where I'm really comfortable at and I can fight at that weight -- 147. I actually feel stronger at 147. I feel stronger at 147, but I feel quicker at 140. I would say that my next comeback fight will be at 140. I don't know who.
I'm not sure yet. I haven't talked to my manager, Cameron Dunkin yet. But my main focus is now pretty much getting past all of this legal stuff. So that's my main focus right now.