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Exclusive: Timothy Bradley Talks About His Upcoming Fight With Devon Alexander

boxingBy James Slater - Unbeaten 140-pound talent Timothy Bradley, the WBO light-welterweight champion, is currently training hard (as he always trains) for his upcoming January date with the also unbeaten Devon Alexander. The hugely important fight is a must-win affair for both men, and ďDesert StormĒ is looking forward to it.

On the way to the gym as I called him yesterday afternoon, the 27-year-old with the 26-0(11) record was kind enough to speak with me. Talking about his own upcoming fight as well as the recent thriller between WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana, Bradley had some interesting things to say.

Here is what the super-fast, superbly conditioned Palm Springs boxer/puncher had to say:

James Slater: Itís always a pleasure to be able to speak with you, Champ. First of all, how has camp been so far for the January fight with Devon Alexander?

Timothy Bradley: Iím on my way to the gym right now. Yesterday I had my first day of sparring actually, and I tell you, I am WAY ahead of schedule. I feel great. I have two great sparring partners, I did six rounds yesterday and I felt good..

J.S: As you know, the 140-pound division is really hot at the moment; what with your big fight and the great fight Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana put on on Saturday. I take it you saw that fight?

T.B: I was there live. It was a very exciting fight, with furious action. Was it a Fight Of The Year candidate? Absolutely. Both guys deserve credit for putting on such a spectacular fight. Amir Khan proved he has a chin and that he is a warrior. He surprised me, and I told him so. He went up a notch or two in my book. But let me tell you, Maidana went up even higher in my book. When that liver shot put him down in the 1st, I thought it was all over. He came back though, and showed how tough he really is.

J.S: You have wanted a fight with Khan for a while now, as we all know. Despite his great win and his proven chin, you still feel you can beat him?

T.B: I still feel I can beat him. But letís see what happens when we actually do fight before I say anything. Iíd say that fight is 50-50 right now. Khan is very fast, maybe a little faster than me. All us top guys at this level, when we fight each other, either could win - itís a question of who brings his A-game and is able to execute it. But letís see who the best 140-pounder in the world is.

J.S: Had you fought Maidana, you wouldnít have taken all the shots Khan took, would you? Would you have boxed more and outclassed Maidana?

T.B: I wouldnít have taken shots like that, no. But the fact that Khan did take those shots, it made the fight that much better. Khan should be thanked for fighting the way he did (laughs). It made for a great action fight.

J.S: You are known as a guy who trains extremely hard; you always put the work in in the gym and then some. Is that side of you as important as your skill and talent do you feel?

T.B: Absolutely. People have said I donít do one thing very well, and that is why Iím not a spectacular fighter. My skills are very good, but my conditioning and my nutrition are huge in my game. I make sure I work harder than my opponent. I know Devon [Alexander] isnít working as hard as I am. He canít be! I do my running in the morning - I sometimes do ten miles, Julio Cesar Chavez used to run ten miles a day - and then Iím in the gym. I train for six hours a day, so no-one can tell me I canít do the 36 minutes [of a distance fight].

J.S: Weíre all looking forward to the Alexander fight in Jan. Do you see a distance fight taking place, and do you anticipate a chess-match-style fight, between two excellent boxers?

T.B: I always train for a twelve round fight. Iím not a prediction guy; anything can happen in that ring. But I tell you right now, I will be aggressive in this fight. I want to put on a great show and an exciting fight. If Devon feels the same way and if he stands and fights me, it will be a dog fight. If he runs, I will be the chaser. I will come out fast in this fight.

J.S: Thanks so much for your time, Tim. Have a great workout today.

T.B: Okay, man. Thanks.

Article posted on 16.12.2010



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