Timothy Bradley Eats Meat

By Robert Ecksel on December 5, 2014
Timothy Bradley Eats Meat
“I've got to do me. Do what got me to the top and continue to do me from here on out.”

It’s good that Bradley has resumed eating meat. He’ll need that animal protein fighting a wildcat like Diego Chaves…

In anticipation of the Dec. 13 fight at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas between former WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, California, and Diego Gabriel Chaves (29-2, 19 KOs), from San Miguel, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bradley met with the press via teleconference call Thursday afternoon and had much to say.

“This is my return after getting beat by Manny Pacquiao,” he said. “I learned a lot from Manny Pacquiao. I learned not to beat myself in the ring and not to be someone that I am not in there. For this fight I am going back to the drawing board, to what got me to the top—my boxing ability, my speed, and using my thinking cap in the ring. Diego Chaves is no slouch. He has fought some good guys, Keith Thurman and the rugged Brandon Rios. Brandon Rios is always tough for everybody. I heard he was tough in that fight. I know Chaves is primed and ready to fight me. I am one of the best and he wants to beat me. So I am focused and training camp went really, really well. I have sparred over 150 rounds and I am in tip-top shape. Everyone is wondering if I am on the vegan diet and no I am not on the vegan diet for this fight. I am actually eating fish and eating meat and I feel fantastic.”

It’s good that Bradley has resumed eating meat. He’ll need that animal protein fighting a wildcat like Diego Chaves.

“I don’t think about losing. All I think about is winning. A two-fight losing streak does not even enter my mind. The thing is you learn from losing battles. You learn a lot about yourself. And I learned a lot more while losing than I did by winning. I definitely want to get this win. He’s a tough, tough guy. I am going to get this win against a tough guy like Diego Chaves. He fought Rios then went back to the gym four weeks later so he will be in tip-top shape, and hopefully maybe he over trained a little bit, and if so that would work in my favor. I am expecting a tough, tough night against Diego Chaves. He’s not well known in the general public but in the boxing world he is well known. Diego Chaves is the type of fighter that you have to get up for. You can’t sleep on him and those are the type of fighters I like to fight. I have been in the game for over 10 years now and I like to be inspired when I fight. I want to feel nervous. I like that nervousness, that’s why I like to fight the best. It keeps me sharp and keeps me training hard and it keeps me focused.”

Bradley can box and Bradley can fight. He was asked what we might expect Saturday night.

“I tell you what I am going to do it is going to give away my game plan and I want to keep that under the radar. I have to think what is the best way to approach this fight. And really think about it. I can box and I can brawl. Diego Chaves fights in the trenches. So I am ready for anything he brings to the table.”

After saying that he was “ready for anything,” Bradley was asked if he was “ready for the rough stuff.”

“He is a dirty fighter,” said Bradley, who has used his head as a fist on more than one occasion. “In the beginning I did think he was but then I went back and watched some film on him and he is a really dirty fighter. Throwing elbows and trying to scrape the eyes, rake the eyes with his gloves. Pushing down on the head. He has a lot of dirty tactics. But guess what? He hates being hit to the body. When I get close on him I expect the roughhouse tactics. Hopefully we have a great ref in there that is going to take control, warn both fighters and keep control of the action. I am ready for that dirty stuff and I have some dirty tricks of my own.”

Bradley spoke about boxing’s cold war and the relative thaw that has occurred.

“The fact that Top Rank and Golden Boy have put a couple of shows together this year and I’m sure many other shows next year, I think it’s great for the fans and for the sport of boxing. We need to start putting the best fights possible together. The fans are getting tired of it. I don’t know if you see it, but pay-per-view is not what it used to be and the fans are catching on and they are not buying like they used to. Some of the best fighters in the world can’t hit one million buys any more. The best fighters have to fight the best in order to get those numbers. People love boxing and they want to see the best fights.”

The best not fighting the best is one of the reasons for PPV’s decline. It is not, however, the whole story. But after striking a conciliatory tone, Bradley sang a different tune.

“I fight on the best network there is in boxing, HBO,” he said, “and I don’t care what those other clowns are doing. I am here and I am going to be faced with a tough opponent and I am sure if all the fans around the world want to see a real fight they are going to tune into Bradley vs. Chaves,” as opposed to Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander on Showtime, “because they know what they are going to get a fight. They are going to be talking about my fight, of course. I am one of the best fighters in the world,” as opposed to Khan and Alexander, “so everybody is going to tune in because they want to see what I am going to bring. And they want to see what Chaves is going to bring. Chaves against me is a real fight. Those other fights that are made, they are just regular fights. This is a super fight what we are doing at The Cosmopolitan. Our fights are way better.”

Bradley’s second fight with Pacquiao didn’t go as planned. Revenge might be a dish best served cold, but some like it hot.

“I went in there with the mindset that I had to knock this guy out in order to win and having that type of mindset threw me off my game. The plan was to outbox Pacquiao and everybody knew it and Pacquiao himself knew it and I didn’t do that. I went straight at him and attacked him. I did have some success attacking him but I think I could have done a lot better if I took my time and tried to outbox him and if it goes to a decision and I lose then that’s fine. If I stayed true to my form and my abilities and did what got me to the top I should have been alright in that ring and been okay. But I didn’t do that and got a little out of my context of what I do. Like in this fight, I’ve just got to do me. Do what got me to the top and continue to do me from here on out.”

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  1. robyn bunting 03:29pm, 12/07/2014

    I am totally and utterly staggered that Bradley has been able to compete at the very top level on a vegan diet. I had no idea. It is well documented that this is a seriously unhealthy diet and very weakening-it requires the utmost care in supplementation just to avoid sickness, let alone serve as a fighters diet. I will watch this fight with interest-Bradley should be considerably stronger. Anyone know how long he has been a vegan?

  2. Pete The Sneak 10:50am, 12/06/2014

    Much to Bradley’s chagrin, I’m actually looking more forward to the Alexander/Khan fight than his…But that’s just me…Not good to burn bridges and call the other network clowns. You just don’t know in this crazy boxing business…Peace.

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