Looking Like Bradley-Rios Nov. 7 A Go; Team Ali Is Left Doing What?

FRIDAY AM UPDATE: My man Mr. X, a lock-down source typically, tells me the Bradley side settled up and Bradley vs. Rios is made.

Still some questions though..what will the belt situation be? Will the WBO 147 strap sitting on the Bradley mantle for now be in play? Or will that sanctioning body adhere to their regs, and have No. 1 contender Sadam Ali not be shoved aside for a “more marquee” fight?

I asked the WBO bigwigs: “Nothing confirmed yet, we will keep you posted,” I was told.

So…we wait. We’re used to that. Belts are sometimes seen as unimportant, but mostly still a potent symbol and marketing tool. So it does matter. Often not to hardcore fans, who just want the best fighting the best but anyway…

We wait..

So we told you this yesterday…

((The mill is grinding, once again. We’re hearing that Tim Bradley is going to tangle with Brandon Rios, Nov. 7, in Los Angeles. That scrap, featuring members of the Top Rank crew, would be much anticipated, being that Bradley impressed mightily in his last tangl;e and Rios, it seems, is dialed into training, doing 5 AM road-work, and but of course has a personality which makes him must see…Rios’ trainer, Robert Garcia, told me Tuesday night he hadn’t heard that, but hadn’t been in contact with Rios manager Cameron Dunkin in a few weeks, so he was out of that loop. “I’ve been very busy training Mikey (Garcia, his brother) and a young fighter who is fighting in LA Friday,” he told me.))

Today, Garcia took to Twitter and said it’s a go, November 7, Bradley vs. Rios. (Then the Tweet got yanked…) No word yet from Team Bradley or the Top Rank gang…but if we proceed as though Garcia is on target then, we wonder, where does that leave WBO No. 1 rated 147er Sadam Ali?

Bradley has that crown, but Ali is the mandatory challenger.

He’s told us before, he wants a title crack. Money is not THE object, he and his team don’t want step aside money so a Rios could slide into his spot, and get a crack at the crown.

I checked in with David Ali, Sadam’s dad, for an update. The Brooklyner, who’s kid is signed to Golden Boy, told me he’s waiting for the WBO to rule; will they go by their regs, or come up with some sort of workaround, or what?

He’s waiting…but reiterating, Sadam does “not want to step aside, everyone has to know that!”

He has been around the boxing business to know rules and regs can sometimes be malleable, so he is ready for any ruling…but his kid wants that title crack and won’t take a pile of cash to change his mind.

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-stormcentre :

Looking Like Bradley-Rios Nov. 7 A Go; Team Ali Is Left Doing What?
Hitting contacts up for Haymon's number. :)


-stormcentre :

Looking Like Bradley-Rios Nov. 7 A Go; Team Ali Is Left Doing What?
Hitting contacts up for Haymon's number. :)


-Radam G :

Sorry! But the Brooklynite Daud -- pops of Sadam -- is full of syet. His son and his son's trainer don't want that work. But they should take it because Tim Bradley is tore up all up in his big-@$$ cranium. His wifey has done it to him. Dude is now the walking weak. Ali and Rios could beat him in their sleep. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Woods is probably one of boxings most respected, responsible, and often quoted journalists in the sport....a writer who consistently resists the urge to blurt out imaginary speculation.... and partially thoughtout analysis... As is so frequently commonplace with lesser caliber newsmen. If I had a nickel for every journalist who said ...."Michael Woods said".... and this includes some of the largest sports outlets on the web. I'd have enough cash to buy a ticket on the front row of the Cotto vs Alvarez fight. The bread crumbs support the report.... For some reason neither Bradley or Arum is keen on taking this challenge(against Ali)... Its almost as if you feel the shearing and tearing around the fragile edges of the boxing universe, where the status of fighters change as rapidly as the stability of relationships in Hollywood. Change is on the way....and no sport is as resistant and yet, as simultaneously accepting of change as boxing Bradley may not be "scerred" perse' of Sadam Ali as he is insecure of possibly losing his spot as an elite boxer and losing all the status that comes with it. Bradley has endured nearly a decade of insult and disrespect as he single-mindedly clawed himself into the elite ranks of the welterweight division with only the use of his greatest asset, ...determination. He was condemned for being simply a head butting, butter puncher who was incapable of scoring a knock out, yet he was a scrappy fighter who was not self conscious when it came to winning in the ugliest way possible and by any mean necessary. Blue Collar, Bucket Head Bradley fought his way into the hearts and minds of boxing fans by picking himself up and dusting himself off one knockdown at a time, and eventually proved to the world that a non-KO punching, fundamentally sound, multifaceted risk-taker like himself could in fact become a household name.. Arum talks about Bradley with almost the same respect and grandeur that he uses when he talks about Pacquioa. "We are searching for an opponent who can sustain enough interest to support the standard of compensation that Bradley has become accustomed to"....... Arum has been known to say. And now that the two Marquee giants whom Bradley has spent over half a decade chasing (Pac and Floyd) have considerably less time left in the sport, than they have already given to the sport, are on the verge of passing the baton and the meaty financial crumbs that come with it,...his way. Here comes a stalwart challenger, standing in the way of progress who refuses to take no for an answer and threatens to take it ALL AWAY. Sure the WBO can add to their growing collection of belts, like a metastasizing cancer, and force one of their championship belts to asexually mate with itself and divide like an ameba to create something called the " first-time-rookie-won't-step-aside-neon-orange-belt". (And have Ali fight another disenfranchised no-clout-having fighter for it. After all,... its only another belt. Nobody will cry bloody murder because Rios vs Bradley will provide more of the face fighting fun that made both men household names, even though you couldn't name one legitimate welterweight in the top ten whom I would give Rios a decent chance to beat except maybe Adrian Broner. Bradley did well to sign with the very highly esteemed HBO and Top Rank crews. If Bradley were with Haymon and Company he'd be one of a half dozen evenly matched Afro American prospects, champions and contenders. (lost in the sauce) He wouldn't have the luxury of being a big fish in a small pond of so-so welterweights at Top Rank. He wouldn't be able to "Sell Wolf Tickets" to guys like Porter, Thurman, and others across the Great Corporate Divide who he will probably not fight anytime soon. But how much longer will he be able to keep Sadam Ali from getting his cheese even if TR and the WBO find a way to temporarily forestall the advances of "World Kid" Ali?


-Radam G :

Team World Kid is so full of syet. They could not even beat the Pittsburg Kid. I heard that he is looking for work. And will take on the world farce. Ali should scrap instead bulljive, phony rap. Be about it. And STFU! Holla!


-brownsugar :

Well Woods was right again as usual. so the question remains... Where does Ali go from here?. I saw the outpouring of support on Twitter, but what Ali needs right now is justice.


-stormcentre :

Louis Collazo?