ATLAS NOT SHRUGGING Bradley Handles Rios Easily, Scores Stoppage In 9th

In the HBO main event, two name vets, Tim Bradley and Brandon Rios, TV faves, got it on. A possible fight of the year was teased, not even close though.

Because Bradley was so dialed in, sharp, and Rios was….not.

The WBO 147 crown was up for grabs on Saturday, at Thomas and Mack in Vegas. A left hook to the body sent Rios down and then more body shots sent him to a knee, and the ref halted it.

The end came at 2:49; maybe, though, the end came for Rios months earlier. He complained after that his body wasn’t cooperative after eight months off, many of those spent acting like a Regular Joe. This bodily rebellion happens, eventually, to every single ultra-vet on this planet. We saw it live Saturday night, and Bradley took full advantage. I have to think this Bradley trained by Kim Kardashian would have done the same to this Rios…

Top Rank put the show together.

In the first, Bradley came out banging. Rios, who needed extra time to shed .2 pounds Friday,  threw wide shots. Bradley was now with Teddy Atlas; would he tweak his game or be the same? They rumbled some, then Bradley backed off, moved, and banged to the body. A hard right, a sweeping left clanged Rios, who shook his head no. Atlas after said he didn’t want Tim to get greedy. Two, three, then slide. In the second, Rios wanted to be more aggressive. He landed a sharp right, and the crowd buzzed. He was now dictating, backing Tim up, being busy, throwing low, making it a fight. In the third, Bradley was moving more again. They were toe to toe, and then Rios got hit low. The round favored Bradley, probably. Atlas after said he wants every round to be all focus.

In the fourth, we saw Bradley move. He hooked as Teddy told him not to, as a lead…Then Bradley put together combos. Bradley went 33-87, 14-62 for Rios…In the fifth, the left hook worked for Tim. He was busier, as before, winning another round. Let’s go, work on the inside, said Robert Garcia to Rios after. To the sixth, we saw Bradley hooking, and Rios plodding after him. Inside, Bradley ripped left hooks after smothering smartly. Then he jabbed from the outside…Different looks from Bradley. Garcia pleaded for harder work…To the seventh, Atlas talked to Max Kellerman, busted his chops, calling him easy to impress, after Max said that they were impressed with Bradley’s quick learning acumen.

In the eighth, Bradley after hearing Atlas yelling encouragement about them being impervious to fire got to work. Rios heard it from Garcia, again. What’s going on, you’re disappointing everybody, he said. In the ninth, Rios was there…but not real there. Tim ripped a hook to the body, ouchie. Down goes Rios..he was up, wobbly, at nine…then he went down again, off more body stuff,  and that was it. Tony Weeks didn’t bother to count…

The left to the body was in between his arms, and he hated it. Rios hesitated, then took a knee. Two rights and two lefts to the body were the sum of the finishing blows.

— Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

With TA, TB is DANGEROUS. Nuff said! Holla!


-stormcentre :

Teddy has little to do with Bradley's success with Rios. Same would have happed if Joel was still in Tim's corner. Rios looked very "uncut" - especially around the waistline - at the weigh in. Even if that was not the case, Rios is not in the same class as Bradley. As shown by a comparison of their records and whom they recently fought and how they fared in those fights. :) :)


-Chris L :

Teddy has little to do with Bradley's success with Rios. Same would have happed if Joel was still in Tim's corner. Rios looked very "uncut" - especially around the waistline - at the weigh in. Even if that was not the case, Rios is not in the same class as Bradley. As shown by a comparison of their records and whom they recently fought and how they fared in those fights. :) :)
To an extent I agree, Bradley would have always handled this version of Rios, regardless of whether Atlas or Diaz was in his corner. But I think he looked sensational against Rios, best he's looked in his last four fights at least. He was throwing some nasty combinations and some beautiful right hands. The 'focus' seemed to be a main part of Atlas' training regime, and Bradley definitely looked more focused. The pace he was fighting at was incredible too, Rios was probably more gassed as opposed to hurt.


-SouthPawFlo :

Teddy Atlas is great at mentally preparing his fighters, he works on the mental aspect a lot more than the physical. But first things first, Rios had no chance, he lost this fight in training camp because his whole camp was focused on getting him to 147lbs (which he barely made). A mentally focused Tim Bradley is a top 5 welterweight, but he's still not a big ticket seller so that's a problem..... I wouldn't be opposed to a Bradley vs Pac 3 or Bradley vs Terrance Crawford,


-Domenic :

Teddy has little to do with Bradley's success with Rios. Same would have happed if Joel was still in Tim's corner. Rios looked very "uncut" - especially around the waistline - at the weigh in. Even if that was not the case, Rios is not in the same class as Bradley. As shown by a comparison of their records and whom they recently fought and how they fared in those fights. :) :)
Agreed. Watching the telecast, the lauding of Atlas was a little over the top (although I am glad that Teddy wasn't interviewed after the fight, when my initial thought was he'd be first up). This isn't to demean Atlas or suggest he hasn't improved or revitalized Bradley. Instead, I think Rios summed it up in his post-fight interview, where he said he just doesn't have it anymore, 8 months on the couch or in the bar and umpteen wars had caught up to him (he said that in the build-up piece too, when he began training he knew it was gone). Not to take anything away from Bradley, a guy I root for (hell he said he'd fight Golovkin at 160, and I believe him), or Atlas, but this was more a product of Rios being spent cartridge.


-stormcentre :

Yes - in order to really see what effect the change to Atlas really has (if any*) on Tim - we need to see Bradley in with someone he has struggled with previously; like Pac or Provodnikov. Or even against a top (or better) class (than Rios) welterweight operator. Say, someone like Thurman, Brook, Porter, and/or the guy (from Roaches' gym) that just beat Mattysse, maybe also even Sadaam Ali. :) :) * Remember Bradley has been a top amateur and professional boxer for the majority of his life. Those guys rarely show massive changes when they change camps, and if they do then it's usually not just from a new trainer; especially one like Atlas whom is not quite as decorated as some. Who knows, perhaps Bradley is more relaxed now that his partner is happier with the new setup. Even that - at Bradley's level of experience - can change how you train and fight in ways that equal or dwarf a new (mediocre to quite good) trainer.


-stormcentre :

Yes - in order to really see what effect the change to Atlas really has (if any*) on Tim - we need to see Bradley in with someone he has struggled with previously; like Pac or Provodnikov. Or even against a top (or better) class (than Rios) welterweight operator. Say, someone like Thurman, Brook, the guy that beat Provodnikov but got robbed (forget his name now; Riverside's fighter), Porter, and/or the guy (from Roaches' gym) that just beat Mattysse, maybe also even Sadaam Ali. That said, Joel Diaz would have probably got the same results from Bradley on Saturday night. :) :) * Remember Bradley has been a top amateur and professional boxer for the majority of his life. Those guys rarely show massive changes when they change camps, and if they do then it's usually not just from a new trainer; especially one like Atlas whom is not quite as decorated as some. Who knows, perhaps Bradley is more relaxed now that his partner is happier with the new setup. Even that - at Bradley's level of experience - can change how you train and fight in ways that equal or dwarf a new (mediocre to quite good) trainer.


-riverside :

Storm, been begging Bradley to fight M Herrera, they have sparred Over 50 rounds. Bradley wife or ar um shoots down the ideal every time. Would be a nice pay day


-amayseng :

Teddy Atlas is great at mentally preparing his fighters, he works on the mental aspect a lot more than the physical. But first things first, Rios had no chance, he lost this fight in training camp because his whole camp was focused on getting him to 147lbs (which he barely made). A mentally focused Tim Bradley is a top 5 welterweight, but he's still not a big ticket seller so that's a problem..... I wouldn't be opposed to a Bradley vs Pac 3 or Bradley vs Terrance Crawford,
Good points all around. TB looked better utilizing angles and combinations but Rios looked fat, sloppy and out of shape. He can only blame himself for having to cut so much weight and being lazy while off. So what you have been off since January, hit the gym track and eat good every day and you will stay in good shape. He is lazy and now he is done.


-stormcentre :

Storm, been begging Bradley to fight M Herrera, they have sparred Over 50 rounds. Bradley wife or ar um shoots down the ideal every time. Would be a nice pay day
Sorry RS . . . I knew you might politely call me out for forgetting Herrera's name and that's fair too. I love your guy as a fighter and I love his "anyone will do" and "I'll play the hand I am dealt" attitude. It's rare. I myself couldn't believe that his name escaped me; it wouldn't have if I had more time - but here is my excuse. It's been a manic last few weeks for me, and prior to that I was out of Oz and still haven't properly settled in/back, and as I pumped out that last (forgetful) post it was late here and I also had my girlie giving me the helicopter (let's wind it up) signals; cause I'm "always "running late. I think Bradley is a good fight for Herrera; but the Provo factor may play into the equation as to why you're not getting any takers there. :) Both guys are tough, durable, and a hard night out for any welterweight though. Understand that you may not want to give it out publicly (or at all), but would be interested to hear your strategy on how to beat Bradley. Cheers,
Storm. :) :)


-Radam G :

Good points all around. TB looked better utilizing angles and combinations but Rios looked fat, sloppy and out of shape. He can only blame himself for having to cut so much weight and being lazy while off. So what you have been off since January, hit the gym track and eat good every day and you will stay in good shape. He is lazy and now he is done.
Hehehe! You asking too much of Bam Bam. He is the way that he is out of the way that he grew up in Kansas. He is on the lazy side, tells a lot of tough-guy lies to himself to make up for bullsyet holding back in training. And he is a mind-game bulljiver. But when it doesn't work, he bytch falls apart. Becomes what we call in da game: "Mind f*uked." Holla!


-stormcentre :

Ideal candidate for your friend and the puppy group then eh? Sorry, "DoubleWorldChampion" but you did set yourself up for that.
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?21165-Time-for-GGG-to-call-out-Lil-Floyd&p=89483&viewfull=1#post89483 :) :)


-kidcanvas :

kim kardashian lmao good one woodsy


-riverside :

Sorry RS . . . I knew you might politely call me out for forgetting Herrera's name and that's fair too. I love your guy as a fighter and I love his "anyone will do" and "I'll play the hand I am dealt" attitude. It's rare. I myself couldn't believe that his name escaped me; it wouldn't have if I had more time - but here is my excuse. It's been a manic last few weeks for me, and prior to that I was out of Oz and still haven't properly settled in/back, and as I pumped out that last (forgetful) post it was late here and I also had my girlie giving me the helicopter (let's wind it up) signals; cause I'm "always "running late. I think Bradley is a good fight for Herrera; but the Provo factor may play into the equation as to why you're not getting any takers there. :) Both guys are tough, durable, and a hard night out for any welterweight though. Understand that you may not want to give it out publicly (or at all), but would be interested to hear your strategy on how to beat Bradley. Cheers,
Storm. :) :)
storm, sorry took so long to repond, i read a lot hear but sometime get caught up and dont post as much as id like. for the record we but Provo,closed decision,but i think we pulled it out. as to beating bradley, we got mental edge over him, MH and brother albert sparred numerous round,till the point when bradley said no more? bradley was convinced several years ago, they would both eventually meet in the ring. i can tell you sparring when quite well.


-stormcentre :

storm, sorry took so long to repond, i read a lot hear but sometime get caught up and dont post as much as id like.
I understand; it's cool. [QUOTE=riverside;89957] for the record we but Provo,closed decision,but i think we pulled it out. [/QUOTE] I agree - I think you guys beat Provo too. But both he and your boy are tough cats no matter which way you look at it; so there's not a great deal of shame there - even (which it weren't) if the loss was accurately judged/delivered. [QUOTE=riverside;89957] as to beating bradley, we got mental edge over him, MH and brother albert sparred numerous round,till the point when bradley said no more? bradley was convinced several years ago, they would both eventually meet in the ring. i can tell you sparring when quite well.[/QUOTE] Interesting RS. I didn't expect that (a fit and in shape) Tim would ever get like that with another light/super/welterweight; as I remember Tim from even the amateur tourneys. Even back then he was always no-nonsense and fought many big names. Still, I guess, everybody has their day, and everybody meets their equal or better at sometime. Particularly in sport like this. Thanks for chiming back in. Cheers,
Storm.