Former welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley has stated his willingness to move up to the light-middleweight division to challenge the likes of Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez. Earlier this week, he went even further.
During a media workout ahead of his clash against undefeated Jessie Vargas for the vacant WBO welterweight title which he previously held, added that he’s not afraid to challenge the most feared man in boxing, Kazakh superman – Gennady Golovkin, speaking with Boxing Junkie.
“He put on his pants just like I put on my pants,” said Bradley. “I’m not a coward. I got skills, and I believe in my skills and I believe in myself. People can say whatever they want. I don’t care. They can say I’m crazy, you’ll get knocked out, Tim.’ Knock me out.
“I’ll fight him if nobody else want to fight him. Everybody starts stuttering when they mention GGG. People start stuttering, and I’m like ‘Dude, would I fight him?’ Yeah, I’ll fight him. I’ll fight him at 160. Yeah, I’ll fight him at 160. Yes, I will. It won’t matter to me, man. If he’s going to knock me out, he’s going to knock me out.”
Bradley has taken a lot of damage during his career. After a victory over Manny Pacquiao in their first go-around in 2012, Bradley was diagnosed with a fractured left foot and a twisted ankle – he even attended the post-fight conference in a wheelchair.
In March 2013, Bradley suffered a concussion after beating Russian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov, which according to Bradley, included a swollen brain and slurred speech.
And that’s just at the welterweight division. Bradley fighting Provodnikov is the equivalent of Manny Pacquiao fighting Sergey Kovalev – it’s just not a good idea.
Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) has knocked out 20 consecutive opponents, and he’s looking for his next opponent after a sixth-round TKO of Willie Monroe Jr. Let’s pray it isn’t Timothy Bradley.
Don’t discredit Bradley though – he’s one of the toughest and down to earth guys in our sport – but in all honesty, this matchup is insane.
If his brain was swollen against Provodnikov, be sure to hide the kids if this ever happens. It it does, Golovkin stops a valiant Bradley inside the sixth round.