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19 AUGUST 2018

 

‘Desert Storm’ Bradley makes it rain in the ring


Timothy Bradley
Timothy Bradley

Interview by Mark G. Butcher: It’s unlikely you will ever see Timothy Bradley in a club ‘making it rain’ or dripping in gold flanked by a hollering entourage. Bold or arrogant proclamations are not the Californian’s style, unlike a few other fighters one could mention. Bradley only makes it rain punches and the man known as ’Desert Storm’ will be seeking to reignite his career when he takes on battle-hardened Argentine Diego Chaves at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Saturday.

 

“If it’s not real then it’s fake,” said Bradley, one of the most genuine people in the sport of boxing. “It’s very important to me to have integrity. Being fake is not what it’s about, man. I can’t stand people who rant and talk this and talk that. I always tell people who want to do business, you talk a good game, but just show me. Everybody has a game, a gimmick. I try to read people. It’s very important for me to be real with everybody.”

 

Respect has taken time for Bradley, but it has been earned with that boxing masterclass against Juan Manuel Marquez, the ‘rock ‘em sock ’em’ war with Ruslan Provodnikov and his humility after losing to old nemesis Manny Pacquiao. The road back from that unanimous points defeat begins on Saturday against former WBA interim champion Chaves, noted for his wars with the dangerous Keith Thurman and uncompromising Brandon Rios.

 

“I feel I’ve gotten a lot more respect than when I was coming up,” said Bradley, who is eyeing a move up to 154lbs after the Chaves bout. “I think that after 2012, I had a great 2013. People knew that I could really fight. People appreciated what I bring to the ring. I had a great performance in the Provodnikov fight and a really good performance against Marquez. Fantastic boxing. Then I had a little fight against Manny Pacquiao the second time around. Boxing fans really respect what I can do and I am a true pound-for-pound fighter. The respect is there, people know I can fight.”

 

In his two battles with eight-division champion Pacquiao, Bradley sustained disruptive injuries that could be attributed to miles on the clock – with the Californian mixing it with nine past or present world champions in his 11 world title fights (including Pacquiao twice). The calf injury that inhibited his movement in the rematch with the Filipino master is now thankfully behind him.

 

“Crazy things happen,” said Bradley, 31-1-0-1 (12 KOs), who has altered his pre-fight vegan diet as a lack of protein may have exacerbated those injuries. “Some things are unexplainable and it could be because I am getting a lot older now. I’ve been working hard my whole life. I have a lot of miles on my body just like a car, when you put 200,000 miles on a vehicle it’s going to start breaking down. I think that it could be from wear and tear, just from the hard training over the years. Psychologically in fights it’s very hard to deal with an injury and a dangerous opponent in front of you, but I’m not a quitter, man. I’ll never quit. So if the ref stops the fight or the doctor or my corner that’s on them, but as a fighter, man, I’m going to fight to the end, it’s just who I am. Injuries definitely make it harder for me to really focus and it definitely takes a lot out of you, but I was able to finish both fights, 24 rounds with Manny Pacquiao. It says a lot about my character and me as a fighter.”

 

Mentally reinvigorated and back in peak physical shape, former WBO welterweight and WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Bradley is now prepared for another sortie at a world title – with roughhouse Argentine Chaves an obstacle to that dream.

 

“The mind state is just to get back into it, man,” said Bradley. “Getting back on top. I feel very rested right now and really good injury wise. I’ve just been dedicating myself to getting healthy. Trying to get my calf back up to par and my boxing back flowing. My movement is what makes me, man. My quick movement, my subtle movement, how quick I am on my feet, how quick are my hands, that’s what makes me the total package. I can move around the ring like I never left. I got in there and started sparring and asked my trainers, ‘Do you see an injury?’ and they said, ‘No, man, you look just fine’. I feel great. I feel very balanced for this fight. Diego Chaves is in a lot of trouble. My boxing is definitely back, man.”

 

An exclusive three-page interview with Timothy Bradley, documenting his rise from a waiter to a world champion, appears in the current Boxing Monthly magazine (December 2014) – available in stores and via app on iTunes.

 

World championship boxing returns to The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday! Former two-division world champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY, JR. is back in the ring, facing one-time interim world champion DIEGO "La Joya" CHAVES, in a 12-round welterweight rumble. The co-main events will feature two world championship battles -- World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion MAURICIO "El Maestro" HERRERA defends his title against undefeated Top-10 contender JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR. and top-rated contenders MATT KOROBOV and ANDY LEE go mano a mano for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight crown. All three fights will be televised live, Saturday, December 13, on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Bradley-Chaves/Herrera-Benavidez/Korobov-Lee world championship event are priced at $40, $60, $100, $125 and $150, and available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com/. Room / ticket packages are also available.




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