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Bradley sets Khan in his sights
The undefeated world champion Timothy Bradley was victorious against Devon Alexander and is now on the lookout for his next fight
Posted Jan 30, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up
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Fresh from victory against Devon Alexander in Detroit on Saturday night, Timothy Bradley wants to prove he is “the best 140-pound fighter in the world” by “taking out Amir Khan”.
The American remains undefeated after the contest with WBC holder Devon Alexander was won on points after an accidental head-butt in the 10th round. The ever humble Bradley remarked “If that's the best in the world, that's weak. I did not want the fight to end that way. I really wanted to finish the fight.”
The Bradley Alexander clash was the first highly anticipated fight of 2011 but it left boxing fans wanting more and as one pundit commented “Ultimately it was Bradley's head that did most damage.”
There were a few big hits from Bradley like a right hook in the third round which really shook Alexander but Bradley's lead was largely down to the occasional flurry.
27-year-old Bradley has now turned his attention to the next challenge, with Philippine heavy-hitter Manny Pacquiao and fellow American Floyd Mayweather Jr also on Timothy Bradley’s radar. Bradley would “love a chance with Floyd Mayweather" but thinks he’s “got to take Amir Khan out next, then there will be no doubt who the best 140-pounder is in the world.”
Right now, a Khan Bradley faceoff looks unlikely as it appears although Amir Khan is raring to go, his management team are not making any friends in the boxing world making fights for the Bolton boy-wonder a rare occurrence. This latest torrent of criticism came from Irishman Paul McCloskey who claims that Khan’s team show a lack of respect towards potential opponents.
It’s clear that the disagreement on the terms of a fight was down to money as Khan’s management feel that since Amir is the current world champion, he should receive the lion share of the fight proceeds. Opponents like McCloskey feel, quite rightly, that they should still receive a fair share of the revenue rather than “scrimping on purses to reap as much reward for themselves as possible” as McCloskey accused Khan’s camp of.
Bolton boxer, Khan currently holds the WBA belt, announced in December that he wanted to unify the division, talking up a fight with the winner of Bradley v Alexander.
Bradley kept the press guessing as to his next opponent though, adding “a key name on the list…is Manny Pacquiao” and Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s manager, today fuelled the rumours by saying that having watched the Bradley v Alexander contest “Tim Bradley is the kind of guy we'd love for Manny Pacquiao to fight”.
So 2011 looks set to be an exciting time for boxing with plenty of contests on the cards. I’d prefer to watch Khan v Bradley if I am honest because in my opinion, Amir Khan has a real arrogance about him and I think the undefeated Bradley could prove a real challenge for the ‘pride of Britain’.