Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Tim Bradley engaged in a light workout at the Kronk Gym in Detroit in final preparation for his Saturday night fight with Devon Alexander at the Pontiac Silverdome as well as fielding questions from the media. Looking fit and trim Bradley proclaimed, “I’m ready to go 12 hard rounds. I’m going to give it everything I got.” When queried if he there was anything personal between himself and Alexander, Tim replied, “he’s trying to take food off my table. Anyone doing that has got to go, I got to get rid of him.” Bradley revealed that he worked hard in training utilizing southpaw sparring partners in preparation for Devon’s right handed stance. Trainer Joel Diaz stated that his charge was at 141 pounds and weight would be no issue. Diaz looked on as Kronk’s most famous alumnus Thomas Hearns, climbed in the ring and donned the pads. Not surprisingly “The Hitman” seemed to be concentrating on giving Bradley tips on maximizing his power. After several rounds of skipping rope to wind up his workout Bradley asked Hearns for some final advice. “Stay focused” was Tommy’s reply.
Detroit’s Vernon Paris worked out in advance of Timothy Bradley’s arrival and looked well prepared for his fight on the undercard. Often seeming to lack stamina in past contests due to rumored lax training habits, Paris claims that his move to the Kronk Gym and trainer Javan Hill has turned him around. “I’m my own worst enemy but now here at Kronk I can concentrate and the sparring is great. I have sparred with Domonique Dolton and he has helped me get in great shape. I’m a different fighter.” Paris is scheduled to face off against Emanuel Augustus who is stepping in to replace Tim Coleman.
WBC super lightweight champion Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), of St. Louis, and WBO junior welterweight champion Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, collide in “The Super Fight,” Saturday, January 29, at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. Their world title unification will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
Remaining tickets, priced from $25-$400, can be purchased at the Silverdome box office, by calling (248) 338-2500 or online at www.silverdometickets.com. Alexander vs. Bradley is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, Don King Productions, and Thompson Boxing Promotions.