Bradley-Rios Preview

By Robert Ecksel on September 18, 2015
Bradley-Rios Preview
You can bet your bottom dollar that Teddy Atlas knows Rios inside out and upside down.

With a new trainer, the irrepressible Teddy Atlas, in his corner, Bradley has revamped his team as well as his intentions…

On Saturday, November 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, former super lightweight and welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, California, gets it on Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs), from Oxnard, California.

With a new trainer, the irrepressible Teddy Atlas, in his corner, Bradley has revamped his team as well as his intentions.

“Teddy is my guy,” Bradley told USA TODAY Sports. “He has a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge. He’s not training any fighters right now so he can give his full everything to me and I’m going to give everything I got to him. I sat down and talked to him for a long time, and I said, ‘Teddy, you don’t want to die with all this knowledge, man, you need to pass it on.’”

Atlas may not be the best cornerman in the business, but he might be the most colorful. Whether that’s a good thing depends, as all things depend, on the results.

According to Bradley, Atlas, responding to the hosannas, said, “Tim, you know I’ve been burned many times by fighters in my career.”

Teddy didn’t need to name names. Not to Bradley, and to us.

Bradley reassured him, “I’m not a typical fighter. I’m not going to burn you. If you’re loyal to me, I’m loyal to you.”

Not surprisingly, Rios expects the bout to be a slugfest. It had better be a slugfest if he has any chance of winning.

“My style is always like that,” said Rios. “Tim might try to box, but once he feels the pressure, he’s going to turn into the fighter he is and come out and fight.”

That’s exactly what Bradley does. Rios and his trainer, Robert Garcia, have obviously studied the man their fighting. But you can bet your bottom dollar that Bradley and Atlas know Rios inside out and upside down.

“I spent six hours in the gym with him (Atlas) reviewing tape. We trained for four hours at a time when he came out. Each day, four hours in the gym working, you know, on things that I did wrong. Teddy is a thinker and he plans and he plots everything. I know how many rounds I’m doing. I know what I’m doing in the morning. I have morning times, evening times, everything. I’ve never had that before. Everything is structured for a reason. He has a plan and I think I should be a lot better coming into this fight.”

Timothy Bradley vs. Brandon Rios will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 PM ET/PT. The co-main event features WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko defending his title against Romulo Koasicha.

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  1. NYIrish 05:20am, 09/19/2015

    Ask Teddy what time it is, he tells you how to build a watch.

  2. NYIrish 05:18am, 09/19/2015

    Once again we’ll see how many words Teddy can cram into the minute between rounds. It’s ok though. The fighter doesn’t hear most of it.

  3. Pete The Sneak 01:03pm, 09/18/2015

    Heck, don’t care who’s in what corner…This should be a real good scrap….Peace.

  4. KB 07:52am, 09/18/2015

    Another fighter for Teddy to mishandle perhaps.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:39am, 09/18/2015

    Look lots of pep talks in the corner from Teddy with the camera on Teddy and not Timmy and a nice win for Brandon here.

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