By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) of Palm Springs, CA will move up in weight to challenge undefeated welterweight contender “El Potro” Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) of Argentina and will headline HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” on Saturday, July 17 at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA which is being promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, remaining tickets can be purchased at The Show box office, online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling 800-585-3737.
We recently caught up with Timothy Bradley at his gym and had a moment to sit down and talk to him as he prepares for his upcoming bout, here’s what he had to say…
You’re scheduled to face Luis Carlos Abregu, what do you know about your opponent and what’s your opinion of him as a fighter?
Carlos Abregu is like a dark horse in the game, he’s undefeated, and he’s a tremendous fighter. I’ve seen in his fights that he’s been knocked down and gets right back up to come back and win the fight. He doesn’t lose his game plan and sticks to his game plan. He’s a hard worker; he’s a work horse in the ring as well, a big puncher. He’s a dangerous guy, he’s undefeated, I believe he’s 29 and 0 with 23 knockouts and he’s looking to dethrone me.
How is training camp going and with less than two weeks until the fight, how do you feel at this point?
At this point of camp I feel good. I added more rest to my program now; I’ve been working very hard for the last few months. Preparation has been really good so far. I’ve been sparring a lot and putting a lot of rounds in the gym and I feel really good. My timing is there, my conditioning is good and we’re starting to taper down now.
Are you doing anything different in this training camp that you haven’t done for any of your previous fights?
Yes, I added a strength program to this training camp because I need to be strong in the ring and be able to handle the extra seven pounds so I started lifting a lot more weights and added a lot more strength training in my program.
You’re moving up to welterweight, what kind of statement are you looking to make in this division and in your fight with Abregu?
I’m looking to continue to win, that’s my main focus. I’m definitely looking to make a statement in the 147 pound division and let everybody know that I must be talked about either at 140 or 147 so look out everybody.
What made you decide to move up to welterweight and face Luis Carlos Abregu and do you have any plans on moving back down to junior welterweight?
What made me move up was the fact that I couldn’t get a fight at 140 then as soon as I started looking for a fight at 147 that’s when everybody started calling me out, Devon Alexander in particular. Also, what made me move up was the fact that I wanted to show the boxing fans and the world that I’m willing to move up and face the top guys, the big names in the division like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley, I’m willing to face these guys, I want to face these guys. So I want to see what I can do at 147 pounds by facing Carlos Abregu and if I get past him then we’ll sit down and talk and see what our next move is going to be.
Let’s talk a little bit about your last fight. In your last outing you were able to defeat Lamont Peterson via unanimous decision, tell us about that fight and what’s your opinion of him as a fighter?
Lamont Peterson, I think he’s going to be another feared fighter in the future; pretty soon guys are going to avoid him and not want to fight him. It was a good fight but we did what he had to do and we did what we always do every time and that’s win. He really came to fight that night; he’s a really good fighter and I believe he will become a world champion when he gets another chance at it.
Who do you feel has been your toughest opponent to date and why?
It’s a toss up between Kendall Holt and Lamont Peterson due to the fact that Lamont really came to fight and he really brought it to me and Kendall Holt because he knocked me down in the first round and I had to get through that adversity of being knocked down for the first time and getting knocked down again in the twelfth so I would say those two fighters have been my toughest challenges so far.
Should you get past Abregu, who would you like to face next?
Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, those are the guys I would love to face in the near future. I would also love to fight Devon Alexander, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, just to name a few. I would love to fight all the top guys out there.
You are signed with both Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing; tell us a little bit about that and how it has that helped your career?
Well, Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing have been in my corner since I started, since I debuted. They’ve both been a big part of my career. It’s been a great collaboration; they’ve been able to get me on TV and get me that exposure. They’ve been taken care of me very well, I’ve been pleased with the way they’ve been handling me and I’m very happy with the way my career has been going so far.
Being from Palm Springs, CA and fighting so close to home, what does it mean to you fighting in Agua Caliente; do think there is going to be added pressure for you to have a great performance?
Agua Caliente Casino is one of the best casino’s in the world, its right here in my hometown, they have a great venue. I really enjoy fighting there, there’s not a bad seat in the house, I love my boxing fans out here and I definitely appreciate Coachella Valley for backing me up. I’m not really concerned with performance; my main objective is to win. As long as I win at the end of the day I did my job so I just go out there and do my job and that’s win.
What are some of your goals for the rest of 2010?
Continue to be undefeated, take every fight like it’s my last fight and to win every fight any way necessary. My main goal is just to win every single fight.
When not fighting, what does Timothy Bradley like to do in his spare time?
Hang out, go to church, play video games. Football season is starting up again so I’m really involved in Junior All American Football so that’s what I’m doing in my spare time. I’m out there coaching the kids, giving them guidance, giving them confidence and talking to them and just being a mentor to all the youth out here in the valley.
Is there anything you would like to tell your fans?
I just want to thank God for this opportunity to be fighting in my home town. Thanks to Thompson Boxing, Gary Shaw Productions, definitely HBO for putting me on, Agua Caliente Casino and all of my boxing fans out there all over the world, thank you for all the support and being a part of Team Bradley and we look forward to seeing everyone on the 17th and to having another victorious night and definitely thank you for the interview and making it out here to our gym.