Former two division world champion Timothy Bradley expects some fireworks when Olympic silver medal winner Shakur Stevenson challenges WBO super featherweight world champion Jamel Herring on Saturday night in Atlanta.
Stevenson, a former featherweight champion, is being tabbed as a tremendous favorite to win another world title - but Bradley cautions that he shouldn't underestimate Herring.
Back in April, Herring took down Carl Frampton in six rounds. Frampton retired from boxing in the aftermath.
Stevenson has been predicting a one-sided wipeout of Herring.
"Stevenson shouldn't underestimate Herring. I think that's the biggest thing that could trip him up. Herring fights better when his back is against the wall, because he has plenty of experience in that position. He's consistently being overlooked -- we saw it heading into the Carl Frampton fight, where everyone was talking about Frampton making history in a third division, and Herring was an afterthought. Herring wasn't expected wither to beat Masayuki Ito for the title in the first place," Bradley told ESPN.
"I would say Herring's back is against the wall against Stevenson, even more so that any of those previous fights. He's the champion, but he's being treated as the clear B-side. No one believes that Herring can beat Stevenson. But he does."
Stevenson won a dominant decision over Jeremiah Nakathila to win the interim junior lightweight title back in June in Las Vegas.
But, the fight had very little fireworks with a lot of critics tabbing Stevenson's performance as a boring boxing match.
Bradley expects Stevenson to step things up to shy away the past negative feedback.
"I think that Stevenson has heard the criticism, the heat he gets for winning fights in a cautious way, especially in the way his fight against Jeremia Nakathila went down back in June. I think being a fighter -- a young superstar fighter -- it's hard to deal with that criticism and impossible not to hear it. And I think that it definitely will propel him to do some things that you probably wouldn't expect of him this time around, having watched some of his previous fights," Bradley said.
"I know that Stevenson wants to be liked, and I know that he wants to be great. I think that we're going to see a side of Stevenson that we haven't seen in the last few fights -- a version of Stevenson that has an edge and an attitude, as he looks to make a statement."