Bradley defends WBO title against Rios with new Atlas aid
Lee Gormley | November 4, 2015
Timothy Bradley v Brandon Rios
- WBO welterweight title fight
- Sunday, November 8th
- Scheduled for: 02:00 GMT
- Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas
- Live on HBO
Bradley battles Rios with new coach Atlas
In an attempt to remain a relevant welterweight in the pay-per-view backdrop, two-division world champion Timothy Bradley will look to defend his WBO title against Brandon Rios in Las Vegas under the guidance of new experienced trainer Teddy Atlas.
The 32-year-old defending champion (32-1-1, 12 KOs) has lived on the edge in recent fights, ranging from a rematch loss to Manny Pacquiao, an intense draw with Diego Chaves and narrowly escaped with victories over Ruslan Provodnikov and Jessie Vargas, surviving final-round knockout fears.
Although, the Palm Springs-born fighter is aiming to avoid the drama of those previous match-ups in the early hours of Sunday morning in Nevada, against former 140-pound champion Rios (32-2-1, 26 KOs), who is 4/1 with Coral to inflict only a second career defeat on Bradley.
Atlas gives Bradley boost
Bradley is focused on getting the job done in his WBO strap defence, and comes into his latest bout with a new trainer in the form of Atlas, who has previously coached the likes of Joel Diaz and Michael Moorer.
“My game plan is to stay totally focused for 36 minutes of fighting,” Bradley stated. “Rios fights hard, is relentless, can endure pain and looks for one shot to hurt me.
“When Teddy came to camp, he took a book of images of certain rounds I had fought previously. There were notes about what I did right and what I did wrong. No trainer of mine has ever prepared for a fight like Teddy has for me against Rios.
“Rios can bring on the pressure all night, and we will deal with it. We are prepared for intense pressure. The only chance Rios has is a lucky punch, and that’s not going to happen.”
Rios ready for challenge
Although, 29-year-old Texan Rios is planning on spoiling the partnership debut of Atlas and Bradley at the Thomas and Mack Center, as he continues his revival from previous back-to-back defeat to Mike Alvarado and Pacquiao in 2013.
“I want to get back on top in boxing — Bradley is in my way,” Rios declared. “Bradley is going to be my ticket back to the top.
“We are ready for the best Tim Bradley, the one who beat Juan Manuel Marquez [in October 2013].
“We brought in three kinds of sparring partners – a boxer, a brawler and a boxer-brawler. I want to get back on top in boxing.
Former WBA lightweight champion Rios claims Bradley is simply a ticket back to his past glories, but he will face a daunting task against one of the world’s elite welterweights, whose only career defeat came to Pacquiao last year.
Meanwhile, Bradley, who is the odds-on 1/6 favourite for a Vegas victory, will hope to get off the best possible start under new trainer Atlas.
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