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A fire burns in Timothy Bradley

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Photo Credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank Promotions

Photo Credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank Promotions

He’s known consistently to be a gentleman pugilist, to let his hands talk for him, in the ring. Trash-talking really hasn’t much been part of the Timothy Bradley repertoire but the Cali boxer has had a fire lit underneath him, judging by this video from Tuesday night.

Bradley, the 31-year-old ex-140 and 147-pound titlist, got heated and aimed his ire at his Saturday foe Jessie Vargas and Vargas’ trainer, Mexican legend Erik Morales.

The 31-1-1 (12 knockouts) Bradley is coming off a a debatable draw against Diego Chaves, who, in theory, should have been, arguably, a step down from him in skill, in December. He meets Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) in Carson, Calif., and on HBO, with the vacant WBO interim 140-pound strap up for grabs. Vargas is moving to 147 from 140, where he also owned a “regular” strap. [Editor’s note: Current RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia holds the WBA “super” title, recognized by THE RING as the sole WBA strap.]

“Jessie Vargas, I’m gonna whip his ass on Saturday and if Morales got a problem and he want some, he can get some at the end of the year too,” Bradley railed, in the lobby of his hotel. “‘Cause I got two fights this year; this is my first fight, gonna beat his boy, then I’m gonna beat his behind. He can come out of retirement, whatever weight. He can fight a catchweight. It don’t really matter, ’54, whatever, you want to fight at 200, we can fight there and I’m gonna whip your ass next.”

He said that trainers usually remain neutral but Morales stepped over the line with his yapping. Bradley thanked Morales for firing him up that little bit extra.

Morales, for the record, last fought in Oct. 2012, when he was stopped by Danny Garcia in Brooklyn (round four). He was supposed to have a farewell fight in Mexico but that never, to this point, occurred. He is only 38, so perhaps he would entertain another tangle with Bradley. He met Garcia at 140 twice and had trouble making that weight, so there’s that. All in all, maybe best for the four-division champ to stay teaching, rather than boxingÔǪAnd maybe not best for his kid, Vargas, as Bradley seems to have gained some fire from the trainers’ talk.


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