Reigning WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley waged a memorable war with tough Siberian contender Ruslan Provodnikov this past March in Carson, CA. Bradley stood his ground and traded with the powerful puncher, getting hurt on several occasions throughout the fight. The Southern California based fighter showed tremendous heart in withstanding the assault and ended up coming out on top in one of the leading “Fight of the Year” candidates.
The soon to be 30-year-old fighter is now scheduled to face Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez on October 12th in Las Vegas, NV. On the most recent edition of BoxingScene Radio, Bradley told us that he thinks that we are in for another war when he steps in the ring with Marquez.
“You know what, I think that this fight is going to end up that way. I am willing to do whatever it takes to win this fight. If I need to go toe to toe that’s what I will do. I know Marquez likes to engage. He’s a dog in there and I am willing to weather the storm to get the win,” Bradley revealed.
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There’s little doubt that Timothy Bradley’s got a lot going for him.
He’s a decent guy and a good interview. He goes to great lengths to stay grounded in spite of the fame and fortune he’s compiled. And as far as his full-time job goes, he’s long been a high-achiever, as three championship belts across two weight classes accurately attest.
In fact, even though most people suggest his biggest career accomplishment—a split-decision nod over Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight title in 2012—was a miscarriage of judging at its most egregious level, you’d be hard-pressed to find a real critic of him as a man or a fighter.
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Juan Manuel Marquez thinks his fight with Timothy Bradley on October 12 could resemble classic matchups involving Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, and Thomas Hearns.
Boxing fans have something to look forward to on October 12, at least if Juan Manuel Marquez is correct in his assessment of his HBO pay-per-view main event against Timothy Bradley. The 39-year-old Mexican superstar evoked the names of Leonard, Duran, Hagler, and Hearns when discussing the fight recently.
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The proposed vacant title fight between Orlando Salido and Orlando Cruz is heading to Las Vegas, according to sources from both camps.
Final bout agreements have yet to make its way to Top Rank as this goes to print. Once confirmed, the bout will presumably land as the chief supporting bout to the October 12 pay-per-view headlined by a welterweight title fight between unbeaten Tim Bradley and future Hall-of-Fame entrant Juan Manuel Marquez.
“It will be October 12 underneath Bradley-Marquez in Las Vegas,” informed Tuto Zabala, who promotes Cruz. “We are signing the contracts today.”
Cruz (20-2-1, 10KO) has won four straight but hasn’t fought since March, when he stopped Aalan Martinez in six rounds. The Puerto Rican southpaw made headlines last October, announcing his sexual orientation which made him the first openly gay active boxer.
The news preceded a fight later that month on Telemundo, which has hosted each of his last four wins. Cruz had a chance to add to his current streak, but his handlers chose to forego a previously planned stay-busy fight in June, instead immediately entering negotiations with Salido.
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