Timothy Bradley might take on Amir Khan in a title unification fight
Timothy Bradley was deprived of the dramatic ending he wanted to mark his weekend, but he did enough to announce “I proved I’m a force to be reckoned with,” and now the scheduling of future reckonings begins.
By roughing up previously unbeaten Devon Alexander in a unanimous-decision triumph shortened by an accidental 10th-round head butt that only hastened the inevitable, Bradley clinched another million-dollar payday with so much more possible.
“I’m ready for any of them, let’s go,” Bradley, 27, said after the bout. “I was just too strong in there.”
The momentum is to schedule a Bradley-Amir Khan fight in the summer.
With Bradley (27-0) now possessing the World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Council junior-welterweight belts, unification with England’s World Boxing Assn. champion Khan in the sport’s deepest division is appetizing.
“It would be huge,” Khan’s promoter Richard Schaefer said Sunday, but he still has to finalize an April 16 HBO foe for Khan in Manchester, England, and has to work on business partner AEG to clear a late-summer Saturday at Staples Center, where Schaefer ideally wants the bout.
“Spectacular,” HBO’s fight maker Kery Davis said. “A great launching pad for the sport’s next star.”
The problem, Staples Center General Manager Lee Zeidman said, is that the X-Games and a circus have July 23 and 30 booked, and every other summer Saturday afterward has a hold that Schaefer would need to negotiate around.
Bradley, from Palm Springs, will be in compelling negotiations soon, with just that one next fight remaining on his contract with promoters Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson.
Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin, was irate Friday as he reviewed financial details that showed Bradley earned a guaranteed $1.1 million for the Alexander bout and Shaw/Thompson collected $1.75 million.
HBO has guaranteed Bradley $1.2 million for his next fight, however, and that amount could increase if Khan chooses another path and a wild-card foe like Floyd Mayweather Jr. emerges.
According to boxing sources close to the situation who declined to be identified given the gravity of the unbeaten boxer’s criminal domestic violence case in Las Vegas, there’s a movement by Mayweather to try to resolve his case soon. If that happens, there’s believed to be interest in fighting Bradley.
Alexander, conversely, has to spin his Jay Cutler moment after putting up little fight as a ringside doctor stopped Saturday’s fight because of the butt. Alexander said an eye was burning and he couldn’t see, a claim that came with him buried on two scorecards and showing no hope of getting a knockout.
“When it comes to your health, you still have a life to live after a fight,” Alexander said. “People can criticize, but the doc knows best.”
In a division featuring Marcos Maidana, Juan Manuel Marquez, and perhaps a return by Manny Pacquiao, there are options, but as Bradley earned Saturday, he gets first pick.
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