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For Bradley or Rios, a win could mean so much

Hoping to improve so he can win convincingly enough to avoid controversy, Tim Bradley has switch to train under Tony Atlas.

Hoping to improve so he can win convincingly enough to avoid controversy, Tim Bradley has switch to train under Tony Atlas.

Tim Bradley only seems to know controversy anymore. Ever since he earned a split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao that left the crowd and fans watching from all across the world booing at the announcement you can point to a number of his fights and say the result could have been different. He earned another split decision win over Juan Manuel Maquez about 16 months later and after being beat handedly by Pacquiao in the rematch, he drew Diego Gabriel Chaves and beat Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision but with an ending that left heads scratching as the referee stopped Vargas’ assault and potentially prevented a knockout before the final bell was rung.

At the age of 32, with the WBO welterweight title around his waist, Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) is trying to get back to becoming a Pay Per View draw and is hoping a win over Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 26 KOs) will let him do that — a win not obtained through controversy that is.

After two years of close fights and treading water, Bradley changed trainers and is now working with Tedd Atlas, the former ESPN and Olympic boxing analyst, who notably trained former World Champions Michael Moorer and Barr McGuigan as well as Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin.

Bradley is a scrapper, no doubt. He grinds his way to victories, perhaps not with great knockout power, but he’s active and aggressive and keeps in tremendous shape so he does not wear down at the end of these 12-round title fights.

And he will need to hold up strong because the 29-year-old Rios fully intends on using this title shot against Bradley as a stepping stone. Rios has fought Pacquiao, though he lost. He also went through a three-fight war against Mike Alvarado, ending with Rios retiring Alvarado in the third round in January.

But he is still looking for his big win and first world title. Bradley can give him that. He’s in the prime of his career, has a a lot more power than Bradley and has proven he can take a punch.

For one of the two, a win could mean a lot of money on the table for their next fight, and will keep them relevant in a division that really has been the focal point of boxing for quite some time now.

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