The rumor mill, what a busy mill it is.
You have the Tim Bradley-Brandon Rios-Sadam Ali thing going on, with it looking like a Bradley vs. Rios scrap not in the cards for now.
Bradley has a WBO 147 belt, and Rios was going to battle him for it in a Top Rank versus Top Rank showdown. But Ali, the chilled out Brooklyner promoted by Golden Boy, is ranked No. 1 by the WBO. He'd most certainly like a crack at that Bradley belt. He isn't sure where things stand himself right now, but reached out to TSS to put this out there:
“To all the fans out there, don't believe what you read,” the 22-0 Ali said. “I will never consider taking a step-aside deal! There is no amount of money to consider! I'm focused on fighting for the world title!”
My take: Refreshing to hear that, a guy not willing to be bought out. Kid wants the crack at the crown, and I admire his vocidferousness. The promoters and the TV folk and the managers will continue to jockey so who knows where this jumble ends up…But it seems very much like the 26-year-old Ali is drawing that line in the sand and won't consider anything other than Bradley stepping to that line, and clashing with him.