WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley responded to comments from inside his camp, saying his foot is fine and the reason he may not fight in December is the opponent, not an injury.
Both his promoter Bob Arum and manager Cameron Dunkin stated on Tuesday that Bradley was considering canceling the Dec. 15 date in Miami, due to lingering problems with his foot. Bradley initially injured the foot in his bout with Manny Pacquiao in June. (via BoxingScene.com)
But "Desert Storm" says that isn't the case.
“My foot is fine; I’ve been training for the past couple weeks,” Bradley told Leighton Ginn of The Desert Sun, his local newspaper.
In dispelling the story about an injury forcing him to pull out of the fight, he revealed his real reason for considering postponing his return: He has absolutely no desire to face Lamont Peterson in a rematch.
“Another thing I want people to know, and no disrespect to Peterson, but I’ve already been down that road,” Bradley said.
“I think a rematch with him doesn’t make sense at all. I think that’s another thing people need to know and realize.”
Many were critical of reports that Bradley would face Peterson a second time. Their first fight in 2009 was unspectacular, with Bradley dominating the action and winning a deserved wide unanimous decision.
Bradley is so dissatisfied with the prospect of this fight, that he says he'd rather wait and not fight at all in December.
"I think he’s the only guy available to fight right now, so I’m willing to wait,” Bradley said of Peterson.
This is a somewhat risky move for Bradley. He is coming off the biggest win of his career, but has not gotten anything close to the credit one would expect.
This is largely due to the fact that he is perceived to have gotten a victory he didn't earn in the ring. The decision in Pacquiao-Bradley was harshly criticized by most of the boxing media and fans as one of the worst in history.
A prolonged layoff is something that will do nothing to help his career at this point.
In many ways, "Desert Storm" has been backed into a corner with no good options. A rematch with Peterson has no market, as he correctly points out, given the lopsided nature of their first bout and bigger, better fights with Robert Guerrero or Andre Berto are unlikely.
Guerrero is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. Berto is under contract with Lou DiBella, but will also be promoted by Golden Boy for his next fight.
With no apparent thawing, but rather increased hostility, if anything, in the relationship between Golden Boy and Top Rank, such fights are intriguing, but nearly impossible to make.
At least for now, that leaves Timothy Bradley, without any viable options.