WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KO’s) says he still intends on fighting IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan in the future but that he’s going to have to wait for Bradley to face bigger tests. Right now, Khan is small time stuff compared to the money fight that Bradley has in front of him in 2012 against Manny Pacquiao.
In the latest boxing news, Bradley is saying he’ll fight Khan at either 140 lbs or 147 lbs in the future, but it’s a fight that will have to marinate a little bit more. It’s too soon right now and Khan still isn’t a pay per view star in the U.S. It would be premature for Khan and Bradley to fight each other right now.
Things have rapidly changed in the past two years. A couple of years ago, before Bradley’s promoters with his former promoters, he had been trying long and hard to get a fight against Khan but was largely ignored. But then later after Bradley become mired in legal problems with his promoter, then Khan and his promotional company wanted the Bradley fight. Of course, Khan was ignored because Bradley couldn’t fight anyone.
Bradley is fighting a tune-up bout against 40-year-old southpaw Joel Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KO’s) on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 12th. This is likely a warm-up for a fight against Pacquiao for next year. Bradley recently signed up with Top Rank Promotions, the same promoters for Pacquiao, and the president of the company Bob Arum really likes to match his Top Rank fighters against each other rather than putting them in against non-Top Rank fighters.
Pacquiao has already decimated Arum’s fighters at welterweight, beating Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey and Miguel Cotto in the past couple of years.
By William Mackay: