I told you I was all about this weekend’s Showtime junior welterweight doubleheader. So here’s some more stuff.
HOW THEY PICK ‘EM: EXPERTS EXPECT BRADLEY
TO DEFEND WORLD TITLE AGAINST CAMPBELL
SATURDAY, Aug. 1 LIVE at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast)
ON SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
From The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa
NEW YORK (July 30, 2009) – If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly then Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will successfully defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) 140-pound title against former unified lightweight champ Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell.
Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., will take on Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs), of Jacksonville, Fla., in a “homecoming” fight this Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT) from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., just minutes from where the champ grew up.
The matchup is a tough one to call. Campbell, who is fighting for the first time at 140 pounds, is the more experienced fighter having more knockouts than Bradley has victories, but, Bradley is the younger, perhaps quicker fighter who has the benefit of competing in his backyard.
One thing is for certain: Saturday’s main event on SHOWTIME is going to be one heck of a fight.
Bradley, who voluntarily relinquished the World Boxing Council (WBC) 140-pound belt to face Campbell, was the popular winner in the poll garnering 22 of the 28 predictions. Most predicted a decision victory for Bradley in his desert homecoming, while only a few reasoned the fight would end inside the 12 championship rounds.
In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2-rated Devon Alexander “The Great” (18-0, 11 KOs), of St. Louis, will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs), of England, for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. Bradley originally won the WBC belt by defeating Witter on May 10, 2008 on SHOWTIME.
Here’s how the media called the 12-round Bradley-Campbell match:
Carlos Arias, OC Register (Bradley) – “I’m taking Bradley by decision. Campbell is a crafty veteran with loads of experience, but Bradley has proven he is the real deal with victories over Junior Witter and Kendall Holt. Bradley is too young, too fast and too strong for Campbell.”
Steve Kim, Maxboxing.com (Bradley) – “In what will be one of the year’s best fights, I like the youth and activity of Tim Bradley to carry him to a close, 12 round decision.”
Marc Abrams, 15rounds.com (Bradley) – “I like Bradley, who is a natural Jr. Welterweight, and I think he will bully Campbell around as Campbell will try stand in the pocket, but I like Bradley’s grit by unanimous decision.”
Rick Reeno, Boxing Scene (Bradley) – “After some early struggles, I believe Bradley will pull ahead by using his movement and boxing ability to win a close unanimous decision.”
Michael Rosenthal, RingTV.com (Bradley) – “I think this is Timothy Bradley’s time. He’s been able to beat fighters like Junior Witter and Kendall Holt because he’s a complete boxer with the toughness of a champion. I have a lot of respect for Campbell, who I believe will be stronger at 140 than he was while struggling to make 135. He’s also is extremely clever in the ring. However, he’s 37 and past his prime. I believe we saw glimpses of the aging process in his majority decision over Ali Funeka. Bradley by unanimous decision.”
Paul Upham, SecondsOut.com (Bradley) – “Another great fight on Showtime. Bradley’s impressive work-rate will test 37-year-old Campbell at a new weight class. Campbell’s combination punching will keep him in a close fight, but Bradley’s youth and hometown crowd will push him to a points win. Bradley W.12“
Jake Donovan, Boxingscene.com (Campbell) – “Bradley showed a lot in twice climbing off of the canvas to outlast and outbox a very talented boxer-puncher in Kendall Holt. Still, I find Campbell to be the more complete fighter of the two, and one who brings a different brand of toughness than any of Bradley’s previous performances. I see the fight going the distance, and who wins will depend on your preference of styles, which will result in a disputed decision either way, but with Nate’s arm raised by night’s end.”
Ivan Goldman, The Ring (Bradley) – “Well-schooled Bradley and father time will catch up to Campbell and win a comfortable decision. What’s Campbell got going for him? First, he can bang of course, but second, road warrior Bradley may be a bit nervous fighting on home turf.”
Dan Hernandez, RingSideReporter.com (Campbell) – “I like Bradley; however, I feel Campbell is too savvy and powerful to be denied. That is of course if he is the same Campbell that destroyed Juan Diaz and not the sluggish less focused fighter he was in last outing. Campbell by decision or late round KO.“
Jerry Glick, Secondsout.com (Bradley) – “Bradley looked good against Holt, Cherry, and Witter, and Campbell impressed against Funeka and Juan Diaz. I see the stronger, younger Bradley controlling the tempo of the fight taking a close split decision.”
Butch Gottlieb, Boxing In Las Vegas – (Bradley) – Campbell has fought the better opposition by far in his nine plus year career and is a very cagey veteran. He has proven that he can also box and not just rely on power as he has only one stoppage in almost four years. Bradley, on the other hand is a pure boxer and, if he does not get caught up in the moment, he has an excellent chance to enjoy home cooking and come away with the victory.
Pedro Fernandez, RingTalk.com (Bradley) – “Tough call. Nate Campbell is like an elevator in that he’s up and then he’s down. Hard to gauge what NC has left. That being said, I will go with the youth and Tim Bradley (25) to Nate’s experience at 37. Points win for champ.”
guinaldo, SportsTicker (Campbell) – “Nate Campbell unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley. Campbell, a cagey veteran who still has great hand speed and footwork will look to give Bradley his first loss of his pro career.”
Gunnar Meinhardt, Die Welt/Germany (Bradley) – “I can’t say whether it will be difficult or easy, but I can see Bradley out boxing Campbell and winning a decision.”
Lee Bellfield, SaddoBoxing.com (Bradley) – “Good trade matchup this one. Bradley is a fighter only known to the real fight fan, but for me he’s the best of the current champions at junior welterweight. He has good skills and a good chin and is also the natural 140-pounder in this one. Campbell is well respected in the fight game, but I can only see a lopsided points win for Desert Storm.”
David M. Lee, 411mania.com (Bradley) – “In fights as close as this I always go with the more reliable boxer. That’s Bradley. He’ll have done all his homework on Campbell and will have an answer for every question asked of him on Saturday. Bradley by close unanimous decision.”
Patrick Mullin, 411mania.com (Bradley) – “Nate Campbell was always a physically strong lightweight who was at his best when he imposed his will on his opponent and dictated the pace. That’s a good thing for him because that’s exactly what he has to do in order to beat the slick Timothy Bradley. However, Campbell has shown vulnerabilities to smart ring generals like Joel Casamayor and Isaac Hiatswayo. Bradley is in that class and probably outboxes Nate to win a clear decision.
Joe Roche, 411mania.com (Bradley) – “I love that Timothy Bradley is going to prove he deserves to be mentioned as one of, if not the, top guys at 140 by fighting other top guys. Make no mistake, Nate Campbell is a very good fighter and he will be a very good test for Bradley. However, in the end I think Bradley is too quick and too strong for Campbell and he will wear down the older fighter in the end. I don’t think Bradley gets a KO, but I say he wins by unanimous decision after all 12 rounds.”
Martin Mayfield, Game Sports Magazine (Bradley) – “I have Timothy Bradley pulling out a close decision (possibly even split). Campbell does have the heavier hands, but Bradley is the MUCH more accurate puncher and he will be busier because he is not a knockout artist. The X-factor will be the early rounds, as Bradley did go down early in his last fight, also a victory!”
Bill Scherer: Suite101.com (Bradley) – “Bradley’s greater punch output will be just enough to grind out a decision victory over Campbell’s hard-punching, roughhouse brand of boxing. After the fight, Bradley will look like the loser. He’s going to earn this one.”
Ed Ludwig, BraggingRightsCorner.com (Bradley) – This has been one fight I have been counting down the days for. Defending champion Timothy Bradley vs. Nate Campbell might be a contrast in styles, but it should make for a great fight. The road warrior Bradley defending his WBO title at home for the first time will give him more incentive to want to put on a performance of a lifetime but also more added pressure fighting in front of family and friends. Nate Campbell was in tough in his last fight with Ali Funeka not to mention the weight issue and he perhaps took Funeka a bit lightly, but you can bet Campbell will give everything he has to derail the defending champion. I do see Timothy Bradley retaining his title with a hard fought unanimous decision.”
David Duenez – ThereWillBeBloodFightShow.com (Bradley) – “I got Bradley by decision, even though the experience factor runs deep with Campbell, Bradley to me at this moment is the clear boxer of the two. This is in fact a teacher grading the student where the teacher will be taught a lesson.”
Dennis Bernstein, Pound4Pound.com (Bradley) – “The hometown titleholder is younger, bigger, quicker and better. Bradley proved he could go the distance with an experienced champion in Kendall Holt this past April and Campbell will prove to be an easier task with the challenger coming up to light welterweight for the first time. Campbell’s inactivity (only 1 fight in 16 months) is compounded by the fact that he’s giving up 12 years in age to an opponent who is gaining valuable experience and confidence with every fight. While the young champion is unlikely to stop the savvy veteran, his initial defense of the WBO 140 pound title should be a clear cut victory. Bradley by unanimous decision.
Joseph Bourelly, XLFights.com (Bradley) – “As much as I love Nate Campbell, he is simply up against the much younger, faster and harder hitting man. Although Campbell will have some opportunities to work on the inside and do some damage, he will have to eat up some shots to even get in position to let his hands go. While his heart will keep him in it, heart and desire alone will not be enough to defeat Timothy Bradley who is among the brightest young stars in the sport of boxing. I pick Bradley by unanimous decision.”
Albert Alvarez, Diamondboxing.com (Campbell) – “Nate Campbell is a gritty hard nosed vet who always looks to force his opponent to dig deep, and in this fight look for the young champ Timothy Bradley to be forced to dig deep, real deep. Bradley is a fighter than can adapt and always seems to know his range, but in this fight I feel that Campbell is going to make a real gritty fight out of this one. I am picking Campbell to get the nod in a thrilling fight. Nate Campbell by split decision.”
Tim Starks, The Queensberry Rules (Campbell) – “I keep picking against Timothy Bradley, and I’m stupidly going to do it again. He may have a speed, age and size advantage versus Nate Campbell, but versus Kendall Holt, an overall more talented boxer, the real difference was that Bradley was just so freakin’ tough. I see Campbell as the overall better boxer, too, but unlike Holt, he’s a consistently mean, hard-nosed man in the ring, so he’s going to be hard to out-tough. I like Campbell by decision in a gritty, dirty but skillful and closely-contested affair.”
Benny Henderson Jr., Convicted Artist Magazine (Bradley) – “I know this phrase is overused, but I honestly feel this fight has the potential to be “fight of the year” candidate. You have the crafty, fast-fisted Timothy Bradley, who has never tasted defeat, taking on the more experienced, heavy-handed Nate Campbell, who doesn’t mind waging war. Can Timothy handle Nate’s power; will Campbell even be able to get to the swift Bradley? Just a couple of questions that will be answered come fight night. If Timothy Bradley can weather the early storm, I believe he can do enough to garner a close win over a very powerful Nate Campbell. Either way, I am anxiously looking forward to this fight.”
Jake Emen, Pro Fighting Fans (Campbell) – “I’ll pick Campbell by decision. He seems to have finally found his groove at this late point in his career. If he can establish his jab and maintain the work rate he showed against Juan Diaz, he’ll beat Bradley to the punch and dictate the pace and distance of the fight. He should also be stronger than his last showing, without having to cut weight to 135.”
TIMOTHY BRADLEY vs. NATE CAMPBELL
WBO JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
DEVON ALEXANDER vs. JUNIOR WITTER
WBC SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, Aug. 1, The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa
CONFERENCE CALL HIGHLIGHTS
WBO 140-POUND CHAMPION TIMOTHY BRADLEY,
FORMER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION NATE CAMPBELL
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) 140-pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) participated in a spirited confereCampbelle call on Thursday to discuss their eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12-rounder will follow a second 140-pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2-rated Devon Alexander “The Great” (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the World Boxing CouCampbellil (WBC) strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished.
The biggest boxing event in the history of The Coachella Valley in Southern California will emanate from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in RaCampbellho Mirage, Calif. It will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Don King Productions and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa.
Limited tickets are still available purchase online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling (800) 585-3737.
TIMOTHY BRADLEY: “It’s going be a great fight. I know Nate comes to fight hard. I’m looking forward to a war with Nate Campbell. Fans should get ready fireworks on Aug. 1.”
NATE CAMPBELL: “I want to thank Timmy for taking this fight because he didn’t have to take it. I’m just ready to fight. I’m over talking about it, let’s get it on.”
How impressed were you by what Nate Campbell did to Juan Diaz last year?
BRADLEY: “I couldn’t believe it. I actually lost money on that fight. I bet my promoter, Alex Camponovo, that Juan would be able to come back. When I saw Nate put his hands on Juan, I was like, ‘wow, this dude is unbelievable.’ I was like, ‘I would never want to get in the ring with that dude.’ But it came down to it. Basically, to be the best you’ve got to beat the best. I consider Nate Campbell one of the best fighters at 140 pounds. That’s why I’m taking this challenge. I want to be the best fighter in the world at 140 pounds and I have to beat Nate Campbell to do that.”
What makes you so confident that what happened to Diaz isn’t going to happen to you?
BRADLEY: “I’m not Juan Diaz. I’m not one dimensional. He can’t box and he can’t adjust in the ring. That’s what makes me confident because I can do it all. I can box, I can bang, and I can stand there and trade with you. I can move the fight, too. I can make my adjustments in the ring and that’s what makes me so confident.”
Can you tell us what this opportunity to again become a world champion means to you?
CAMPBELL: “Every fight for me is the fight of my life. Because of the danger that I carry in the ring, no one wants to fight me anyway.
“I’m just a fighter, that’s what I do. When the bell rings, I fight. I make adjustments. I think I’m one of the most complete fighters in boxing. I can do anything I want whenever I want to do it. I’m an angry guy to deal with.”
How can fans be sure that you’re as good now as you were 17 months ago when you beat Juan Diaz, given that you are 37 years old?
CAMPBELL: “I really don’t understand why people worry about my age. I was 25 years old the first time I fought. I’ve taken care of my body. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke. I’ve been an athlete my entire life. Even when I wasn’t participating in sports, I was always athletically involved in something.
“I don’t think I have too much to prove to the fans. It’s just the media that makes those kinds of statements. As you all know, fighters are fighting longer and better.”
You said you were angry that you couldn’t get fights?
CAMPBELL: How in the world did I have three of the four belts and I couldn’t get fights? No one was going to fight me for the simple reason that they didn’t want to take (me on).
What are you going to do now to make people fight you?
CAMPBELL: “At this point in my life, whenever they put me in the ring with a fighter, my only quest is to ruin that fighter. My job is to ruin the fighter they put in front of me. I’m going to make them fight me. I’m going to ruin everyone I fight until there is no one else to fight but me.”
What are some of the challenges of training and fighting at home?
BRADLEY: “I’m used to fighting here in California. I’ve fought the majority of my fights here. I’m very comfortable. I just turn off my phone during the day. I’ve never in my life left my home for a training camp and I never will.”
Is it still special to have your name on the billboards?
BRADLEY: “It’s actually pretty cool. Now, I’ll be driving around and people will just come up to me and say ‘hello, how you doing, champ?’ It’s just out of the ordinary and weird. They never did that before. A lot of people come up and say, ‘are you the champ? Are you Tim Bradley?’ Things like that are different. I appreciate the billboards. It’s a lot of exposure.”
What did you learn from your fight with Kendall Holt?
BRADLEY: “I learned not to let fighters get under your skin. Just stick to your game plan. Now, I’ve just got to do what I do. Not get angry in there, be relaxed, stay posed and just fight my game plan.”
Talk about moving up in weight. Is this the weight class you want to stay in?
CAMPBELL: “Actually, I’m knocking on weight right now. I can make weight today. But I don’t want to.
“When I turned pro, I turned pro as a featherweight, but I was fight
ing at welterweight. Not because I couldn’t make featherweight, but because I couldn’t get fights at featherweight. So I was fighting and getting knockouts at a higher weight, 147, 140, and 135.
“In my case, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been at 140. I’m really, really strong 140 right now. I’m going to be here for a while.”
Are you worried about fighting in Bradley’s backyard?
CAMPBELL: “I don’t care. Terry (Trekas) knows I can explode at any moment. I’m a danger throughout. I can get you out during all rounds and every round. I don’t know if people want me to feel pressured, but I have no pressure. They already think that Timmy’s going to win, so I’m just coming to do my thing.”
How have things changed since you won the Holt fight?
BRADLEY: “Everything is pretty much the same. I still have a lot to prove. I’ve only been in the game for five years. Fighting Nate says a lot. He’s one of the best fighters at 140 pounds. He was the best, in my opinion, at 135 pounds. Me fighting Nate Campbell and beating Nate Campbell is just more proof that I am the best fighter at 140 pounds.
“Manny Pacquiao is the poster boy, but whatever. He is not the best fighter in the division. He’s fighting bigger fighters who are chopping down to make weight. And he’s chopping them up because they’re weak.
“Life is pretty much the same. I still drive a Ford Explorer.
“I want to fight the best fighters in the world. That’s it. You’ll never see me fight a weak opponent. I want to fight the best, period.”
Were you surprised that Bradley took the fight?
CAMPBELL: “Yeah, I was. I was surprised, but then I wasn’t. A lot of people say I’m old. I’m at a point in my life where I’ve had so many fights against so many guys that were supposed to smash me that I just overlook what people say. If you’re going to beat me, you’ve got to show me. Everybody has a plan until I hit them in the mouth.”
You usually go out on a limb and make statements. Do you have anything to say about Tim?
CAMPBELL: “I’m going to bust Timmy’s (expletive). When the bell rings, I go out there to do damage. We can be cool and friends after round 12. From the first round to the last I’m going to take your head off. I’m going to bust his ribs. I don’t care. I’m going to hurt him, and he better be doing the same.”
What do you think about that?
BRADLEY: “I don’t think anything of it. In 24 fights, all these people thought they were going to beat me and no one did.”
CAMPBELL: “You’ve never fought anybody like me.”
BRADLEY: “I agree. It’s going to be a war. I’m not going to lay down for anybody.”
CAMPBELL: “I don’t want you to lie down. I want you to stand and fight me.”
BRADLEY: “I’m going to stand toe-to-toe with him.”
CAMPBELL: “I’ll believe you’ll stand toe-to-toe with me when I see it.”
How much of a role is experience going to play in this fight?
CAMPBELL: “Everyone knows who I’ve fought. Everyone knows I’ve fought quality opposition. I’ve got more knockouts than he has wins (and) against good fighters, very, very solid fighters.
“This is a sport that is to be determined by what a man brings to a ring. Timmy can make his mouth fight now, but, when they bell rings, he has to prove that he can beat me. And I have to prove that I can beat him. That’s the beauty of being a prizefighter. I love being a prize fighter.
“But I also have something that Tim does not. When I lose, I don’t get another shot. So, every time I fight, I fight with reckless abandonment. I don’t care what happens, I must win this fight.”
BRADLEY: “That sounds like me. I learned a lot from my last fight.”
CAMPBELL: “But, you’re last fight was not me.”
BRADLEY: “You’re right. It wasn’t you. But it doesn’t matter. All I can say is Aug. 1, be there or be square. It’s going down.”
CAMPBELL: “Ya’ll can talk all you want, but, when the bell rings you’ll take three steps in and it’s on. I like it like that.”
CAMPBELL: “It’s going to be you and me and I’m going to take you to the abyss.”
BRADLEY: “Bring it. Bring it. You’re going to bring the best out of me, Nate.”
CAMPBELL: “I want you to bring your best.”
BRADLEY: “I’m serious. I didn’t have to fight you, Nate. I wanted to. I can beat you, Nate. I want to beat you.”
CAMPBELL: “You’re going to have to prove it.”
BRADLEY: “I am going to prove it.”
CAMPBELL: “I’m going to put it on you. I’m going to take the fight out of my mouth. I’m going to take you out of there.”
BRADLEY: “I have never been in the ring with anybody in my life that could beat me. Ever.”
CAMPBELL: “I’m not old. I’m something special. At 37 years old, you’re going to see what experience can do to you.”
BRADLEY: “No, you’re going to see how tired your (expletive) is going to be after the fight. Nate, I’m going to wear your (expletive) out.”
CAMPBELL: “You keep telling yourself that.”
BRADLEY: “I’m a young, hungry lion. I’ll be the one doing the damage.”
CAMPBELL: “I’m going to tear you up. You can run your mouth all you want, but I’ll tear you up.”
BRADLEY: “The only way you’re going to beat me is by knocking me out.”
CAMPBELL: “I’m going to do it. Don’t take this (expletive) whooping personally.”
WORLD‘S BEST 140-POUND FIGHTERS APPEAR AT PRESS CONFERENCE;
WILL FIGHT ON SHOWTIME SATURDAY
Saturday, Aug. 1, The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES AND PHOTOS
WBO 140-POUND CHAMPION TIMOTHY BRADLEY,
FORMER LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION NATE CAMPBELL,
WBC NO. 2 RATED 140 POUNDER DEVON ALEXANDER,
AND WBC NO. 3 RATED JUNIOR WITTER
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (July 29, 2009) — There were moments of calm and reflection on what was supposed to be a very festive press conference Wednesday as the principals for Saturday night’s huge World Boxing Organization (WBO) 140-pound title fight passed on thoughts and prayers to the families of Vernon Forrest and Arturo Gatti, who both died tragically within 15 days of each other earlier this month.
Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell and Forrest’s former promoter Gary Shaw each paid tribute to the two fallen fighters. Campbell wore a Vernon hat and Gatti shirt and spoke at length about his friendships with both. Shaw became emotional at one point and called for a moment of silence for Forrest at the beginning of the press conference held at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa.
Four of the world’s top 140-pound fighters will go at it Saturday as WBO 140-pound champion Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., faces challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12-rounder will follow a second 140-pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2-rated Devon Alexander “The Great” (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the World Boxing Council (WBC) strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished.
The biggest boxing event in the history of The Coachella Valley in Southern California will emanate from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Don King Productions and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa.
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling (800) 585-3737.
What the fighters had to say before the media on Wednesday:
“I want to dedicate this fight to Vernon Forrest. He was a very sincere guy, a very nice guy, just a really good guy. When I heard he was murdered I was blown away. He’s a good dude, a great fighter and a great champion.
“Campbell and his crew can talk all they want but words don’t mean nothing. Come Saturday night, the boxing will do the talking. He’s a pit bull; I’m a pit bull and we’ll do it Saturday night. See I’m ready and he says he has seen it all. He thinks he’s seen this but he hasn’t seen the youth, the speed that I bring. He hasn’t seen nothing like me.
“I’m ready, I trained hard. Nate hasn’t seen the speed that I possess.”
“Come Saturday, you’ll see who is champ and that’s me, Timothy Bradley.”
“I want to see what I can do when my back is against the wall under pressure. Nate is going to take me to another dimension. I’m going to have to fight in there.”
“I’ve heard all the bad Campbell soup jokes Tim’s been telling and they don’t phase me. I’ve fought the baddest fighters and won and then kept fighting the next one they threw in front of me and won. I am not afraid and I don’t run.
“I love that the other guy across the ring doubts me. I love that his team doubts me and the fans doubt me. I will prove them all wrong.
“The night will come to an end when Timmy can’t take anymore. See when you look at me you look at the real American dream. I know what it is to suffer and struggle. Question is, does he?”
“Anger is what drives me everyday. I was a foster child and didn’t have the stability most children have… I attended over 15 schools. I had to pull myself up by my boot straps. … That’s how I know I will persevere this challenge and be the champion.”
“Very young I decided that I was going to give boxing my all. It’s me and it’s who I am.”
“I don’t want the fight to end early. I’ll give him hell as long as he can take it.”
“Timothy is a nice guy – but that has nothing to do with the price of tea in China when the bell rings.”
“Talk is cheap but you have to walk it when the bell rings.”
“I am very comfortable at 140 – it’s a more normal weight for me. In fact, I’m only just a pound over that now.”
“I have paid my dues more than Bradley or any other boxer in this room. I can box or punch. I can punch with either hand. I carry the fact that the other team and the press doubt me and I like it. I have nothing to prove to you … You already doubt me.”
“I’m here. I’m ready to go. Boxing is what I do, boxing is what I love. Let’s get this done.”
“I’m ready. I come 110%. We work hard. We work hard. There ain’t nothing Junior Witter can do to stop me from being champion.
(From Kevin Cunningham, Alexander’s trainer): “We’re here. We hear a lot of comments about Devon being too young or not ready but you’ll see Saturday why he is called “The Great”. (To Junior) It was a long flight here from the UK and let me tell you, it will be an even longer flight back after Devon’s beats you Saturday night.”