After avoiding “King Khan” like anthrax for roughly two-years, WBO welterweight titleholder “Desert Storm” Timothy Bradley told the Desert Sun today that he is considering fighting former IBF and WBA world light welterweight champion Amir Khan in the near future.
Bradley (29-0-0-1, 12 KOs), who is presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, unwittingly stole Manny Pacquiao’s belt by a porous split decision at the MGM Grand Arena on June 9 in “Sin City.”
Meanwhile, Khan (26-2, 18 KOs), who relinquished his titles to juicehead, and fraudulent IBF and WBA world light welterweight king, Lamont Peterson on a controversial split decision loss in December at the Convention Center in “Havoc’s” hometown of Washington, D.C., is slated to throw fists with WBC light welterweight titlist “Swift” Danny Garcia on July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I just want the big fights,” said Bradley, 28, who is now ranked by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound prizefighter today. “If Khan is the big fight and we can make it happen, then why not? Let’s do it.”
Jeff Lyons is a fanatical boxing fan who possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of The Sweet Science.
In lieu of Bradley’s upset two weeks ago, Lyons has changed his opinion and now predicts “Desert Storm” would manage to handle Khan.
“Bradley’s presently sky high because of that bogus win,” said Lyons, 32, a native of South Boston. “So, if they fought tomorrow, I’d take Bradley. Khan absolutely has the quicker hands. But, he needs to prove he can take a punch.”
“Desert Storm,” an erstwhile two-time light welterweight titlist, who in the past also trumped solid prizefighters Peterson and Devon Alexander, noted that “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather is a potential opponent once he is permitted to reenter society.
The 35-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), who began serving 87 days behind bars on June 1 at the Clark County Detention Center for beating his lost sweetheart while two of their children watched in September 2010, will likely consider Bradley because the fight could now prove to be lucrative.
“He’s all about money, ‘Money’ Mayweather. If it doesn’t make money, it doesn’t make sense,” said Bradley. “”That would be his take: ‘What kind of fans are you going to bring, Bradley?’ Me having a small fan base would jeopardize me fighting him. But I’m all for it. I would love to face him because I feel he needs to learn.”
The 25-year-old Khan, a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured a silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece, should overwhelm the formidable 24-year-old Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) next month.
Therefore, the Brit makes sense for Timothy Bradley because Amir Khan would be a “big fight” and it can easily “happen.”by