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Tim Bradley: I'm ready for the big stage

FILE - This file photo taken June 24,

FILE - This file photo taken June 24, 2009, shows unbeaten junior welterweight world boxing champion Timothy Bradley posing with his championship belt during a news conference in Pasadena, Calif. Credit: AP

Will Timothy Bradley be ready for the challenge?

As talented as the California native is, he’s never fought on the big stage. Bradley (27-11) has a gaudy record and has handled nearly everyone worth fighting in the 140-pound division, including Devon Alexander, Lamont Peterson, Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt.

The problem for Bradley, in the midst of all of those wins and several of those quality opponents, he’s never fought at a major boxing venue. Bradley has never graced Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Madison Square Garden or even the Staples Center in Los Angeles with his presence. Call it shoddy promotion, call it a lack of flair or whatever, Bradley has too much talent not to have a bigger name in the sport.

Bradley hopes to change the world’s impression of him when he takes on Joel Casamayor (38-5-1) on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Said Bradley: “I am excited and honored to fight on a Manny Pacquiao card and I’ve never fought on a card with an attraction like this. I’m ready to shine, hungry to show the world who Tim Bradley is. I’ve been in camp for seven weeks and I’m ready to go. I could fight tomorrow if I needed to so I’m excited and fully amped up and I’m going to put on a good show on the 12th.”

Thanks to some serious legal wrangling between the fighter and his previous promoter Gary Shaw, Bradley hasn’t fought since earning a technical draw over Devon Alexander on January 29. Getting through such a lengthy idle period wasn’t easy for the undefeated junior welterweight, who fights under Top Rank now.

Bradley credited his manager Cameron Dunkin for helping him.

“Cameron, myself and my wife – we all sit down and talk together a lot and talk about what direction we want to take our career in,” said Bradley. “The previous direction we were going in was not the right direction so we had to make some changes and some adjustments.”

Even Top Rank boss Bob Arum admitted he didn’t have a lot of knowledge about Bradley.

“I didn’t know much about Tim until the fight in Palm Springs against Lamont Peterson,” said Arum. “I was captivated by Tim’s ability because Lamont Peterson is one hell-of-a-fighter and he’ll demonstrate that when he fights Amir Khan in December.”


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