Timothy Bradley Bio...
- Updated March 5, 2012
- Courtesy Top Rank Inc.
- World championship fights: 6-0, 1 NC, 1 KO
- WBO jr. welterweight world champion, four successful defenses
- Two-time WBC super lightweight world champion, currently "in recess," two successful defenses
- 2001 National PAL Championships (amateur), 147 pounds - Gold Medalist
- 2001 Under-19 National Championships (amateur), 147 pounds - Gold Medalist
At the age of 28, Timothy is a seven-year pro. The WBO junior welterweight world champion won the title in April, 2009, and has made four successful defenses.
He is also a two-time WBC super lightweight world champion. He won that title with a 12 round unanimous decision against Junior Witter in May, 2008, and made two successful defenses. He won the title for the second time with a 10th round technical decision against Devon Alexander in January, 2011.
Timothy recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank, Inc.
He told Leighton Ginn of The Desert Sun [Sept. 30, 2011; excerpts]: "I'm just so happy. I'm so excited. Everything was looking down, looking down, and boom. Now everything is starting to look up.
"Top Rank has had all the greats. I'm here to be promoted. This is why I box, I want to be promoted. I've been winning my fights, but I haven't been getting the top exposure I feel I deserve being a three-time world champion. I'm relatively unknown....
"My main objective was to get a promoter to build the Bradley brand, and Top Rank is good at doing that. That's why we chose Top Rank." [End Ginn item]
With consistently impressive performances and decisive wins in recent fights, most observers now consider Timothy to be the top 140-pounder in the world.
He is coming off an eighth-round TKO win against former WBA super featherweight and WBC lightweight world champion Joel Casamayor in his last fight on November 12.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Bradley did what he had to do in wiping out Casamayor... In his first fight since January's win against Devon Alexander, Bradley did look sharp even as Casamayor fouled repeatedly, finally losing a point from [the] referee for head-butting in the fourth round. Bradley dropped Casamayor in the fifth, sixth and eighth rounds. Finally, after Casamayor went down in the eighth from a wicked body shot, trainer Miguel Diaz correctly climbed onto the ring apron to throw in the towel. Bradley racked up his sixth defense and is an excellent fighter who fits in with anyone at junior welterweight.... [End Rafael item]
Regarding his nickname, Timothy said, "I just wanted a name that would stick. I'm from the desert down here in Palm Springs. I was listening to a rapper named Fabolous and in the background, I heard, 'Desert storm," and I was like, 'Man, that sounds good.' The war was going on and I was like, 'That would be perfect.' I wasn't in the military, but mentally and the way I train, I train like I was in the military - a lot of discipline."
Timothy was also an amateur standout. He was eliminated in his first fight at the 2004 Western Olympic Trials, but became the first member of the "Class of '04" to win a world title on May 10, 2008. 11 months later, he also became the first to win two world titles.
Fight By Fight...
4TH WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - in his last fight on 11-12-11 in Las Vegas, NV, he TKO'd lefthanded former WBA super featherweight and WBC lightweight world champion Joel Casamayor (38-5-1). The fight was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III main event, and Timothy dominated. Casamayor fouled repeatedly and was penalized one point for low blows in the 4th round. Timothy scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 5th, and scored another knockdown with a left hook to the head in the 6th round. He scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 8th, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59.
3RD WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, WON WBC SL WORLD TITLE - on 1-29-11 in Pontiac, MI, he won a technical decision against previously undefeated lefthanded defending WBC world champion Devon Alexander (21-0). Timothy started fast - he pressed forward, outworked Alexander, and Alexander was cut over his right eye, ruled by a punch, in the 3rd round. Timothy built an early lead - after six rounds, he led by scores of 59-55, 58-56, 58-56. Alexander rallied and won the 7th and 9th on two scorecards, and Timothy won the 10th round. The referee stopped the fight at 1:59 - the partial round was scored, with one judge scoring 10-9 for Timothy and the other two scoring 10-10, and the fight went to the scorecards. Timothy led by scores of 97-93, 98-93, 96-95.
On 7-17-10 in Rancho Mirage, CA, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Carlos Abregu (29-0). This wasTimothy's first fight as a welterweight. Abregu gave a good effort and several rounds were close, but Timothy staggered him two times with right hands in the 1st round, generally outworked him, and was the more consistently accurate puncher. Abregu was cut over his right eye by a head clash in the 4th, and over his left eye by another clash of heads in the 7th. scored 117-111, 118-110, 116-112.
2ND WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 1-12-09 in Rancho Mirage, CA, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Lamont Peterson (27-0). Peterson gave a good effort and scored with hard body punches, but Timothy dominated most of the fight - he boxed and moved effectively at times, pressed forward at others, and consistently outworked Peterson and landed the sharper punches. Timothy scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd round, but Peterson came back strongly later in the round, and had a few rallies in the middle rounds, as well. Peterson won no rounds on one scorecard, won only the 11th round on another, and only won the 5th and 10th on the third. scored 119-108, 120-107, 118-110. after the fight,
1ST WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 8-1-09 in Rancho Mirage he had a no contest against former WBA-WBO-IBF lightweight world champion Nate Campbell (33-5-1). Timothy started fast - he outworked Campbell and built a lead on the scorecards. Campbell was cut over his left eye in the 3rd round, and did not continue after the round. the referee ruled that the cut was from a punch, and ruled a TKO win for Timothy. Video replays, however, clearly showed that the cut was caused by an accidental clash of heads. After three rounds, Timothy led by scores of 30-27 on all three scorecards. The result was later changed to "no contest" by the California commission.
2ND WBC SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE, WON WBO JW WORLD TITLE - on 4-4-09 in Montreal, QUE, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against WBO jr. welterweight world champion Kendall Holt. Holt scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook that dropped Timothy flat on his back in the 1st round, but he recovered very quickly. Timothy pressed forward and consistently outworked Holt, who fought very tentatively. Timothy won the 2nd on two scorecards, then swept the 3rd through the 8th rounds on all three scorecards. Holt won the 9th on two scorecards, but Timothy came back and won the 10th on two scorecards and swept the 11th round. Holt scored another knockdown with a right uppercut - when Timothy's right glove touched the canvas - in the 12th. scored 115-111, 115-111, 114-112.
1ST WBC SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 9-13-08 in Biloxi, MS, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against former NABF lightweight champion Edner Cherry (24-5-2). Timothy dominated most of the fight. Cherry gave a good effort, but Timothy generally outworked him and landed the harder punches. He scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Cherry on the seat of his trunks in the 8th round, and won by scores of 118-109, 119-109, 1170-110.
WON WBC SL WORLD TITLE - on 5-10-08 in Nottingham, ENG, he won a 12 round split decision against switch-hitting defending champion and local favorite Junior Witter (36-1-2). Timothy was a 6-1 underdog and it was a big upset. Witter, typically switching between the right and lefthanded stances, boxed well in the early rounds - he won the 1st round on two scorecards and swept the 2nd on all three, but Timothy landed a hard right late in the 3rd round and won that round on two scordcards. Timothy landed some hard right hands in the 4th round, but Witter won the 4th and 5th on two scorecards and after five rounds, led by scores of 49-46, 49-46 Witter, 48-47 Bradley. Timothy scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Witter flat on his back and dazed him late in the 6th round, and rallied in the second half of the fight. Timothy landed the harder punches, especially right hands, but Witter still impressed the judges in several rounds - the 7th round was split, with one judge scoring for Witter, one for Timothy, and one even. Witter then won the 8th round on two scorecards, and swept the 9th round. Timothy won the 10th round on two scorecards, then swept the 11th round and cut Witter over his left eye. Witter won the 12th round on two scorecards. Most observers thought Timothy won by a wider margin, but the judges scored 115-113, 114-113 Bradley, 115-112 Witter.
WON VACANT WBC YOUTH SL TITLE - on 7-27-07 in Corona, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Miguel Vazquez (17-1). Vazquez was a difficult opponent - tall and awkward - but Timothy dominated most of the fight. he worked the body effectively and stepped up his pace in the middle and late rounds. scored 100-90, 99-91, 98-92.
On 6-1-07 in Santa Ynez, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Donald Camarena (18-3): Timothy dominated the fight. he pressed forward, consistently outworked Camarena, and rocked him a few times. Scored 100-90, 99-91, 99-91.
On 4-13-07 in Ontario, CA, he TKO'd lefthander Nasser Athumani (20-3-1). In a good, close fight, both landed sharp punches in the early rounds, and both were rocked a few times. Timothy scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Athumani to his knees in the 5th round - he got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:35.
WON VACANT WBC YOUTH SL TITLE - on 2-2-07 in Santa Ynez, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Manuel Garnica (20-6). Garnica was coming off impressive performances in his two previous fights - he lost a very controversial decision against contender Juan Lazcano four months earlier, and won a 12-round decision against former WBA super lightweight world champion Carlos Maussa two months before that - but Timothy dominated most of the fight. Garnica was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 1st round, and Timothy scored a knockdown with a straight right hand in the 2nd. He scored two more knockdowns in the 4th - the first with a series of punches, the second with a right hand - and won by scores of 80-69, 79-70, 78-71.
On 12-1-06 in Santa Ynez, CA, he won a unanimous technical decision against lefthanded Jaime Rangel (30-9-1). Rangel gave a strong effort - he rocked Timothy with a right hook in the 2nd round and a straight left hand in the 3rd. Timothy was generally a little busier and more consistent in the 4th and 5th rounds, then Rangel rallied again in the 6th and 8th. Rangel was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads midway through the 8th round, the fight was stopped on the injury, and the 8th round was scored 79-73 on all three scorecards. The crowd booed the annoucement of the decision.
On 10-16-06 in Ontario, CA, he knocked out Alfonso Sanchez (20-5-1). Timothy scored two knockdowns in the 1st round - the first with a jab to the chest that dropped Sanchez to his knees, the second with a right hand to the stomach - and Sanchez was counted out on one knee at 2:44.
On 8-18-06 in Corona, CA, he knocked out Martin Ramirez (2-7). Ramirez rocked Timothy in the 4th round, but Timothy steadily wore him down and Ramirez did not continue after the 5th round.
WON VACANT WBC SL YOUTH TITLE - on 6-23-06 in Ontario he TKO'd Arturo Urena (18-12-1). Timothy scored one knockdown with a right hand to the chin in the 2nd round. He scored another knockdown with another right hand to the chin in the 3rd that put Urena flat on his back, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:26.
On 5-13-06 in Lancaster, CA, he knocked out Jesus Santiago (9-12-1): in the 6th round.
2ND WBC YOUTH W TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-31-06 in Ontario he won an 8 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Eli Addison
1ST WBC YOUTH W TITLE DEFENSE - on 2-17-06 in Ontario he knocked out Rafael Ortiz (9-11-1). Timothy rocked Ortiz repeatedly in the 2nd round, and Ortiz did not continue after the round. a
On 11-21-05 in Ontario he won a technical decision against Jorge Padilla (6-2). Timothy dominated most of the fight. he consistently outworked Padilla and landed the harder punches. Padilla was cut over his eye by a clash of heads, and the fight was stopped on the injury at the end of the 9th round and went to the scorecards. Scored 90-81, 90-81, 89-82.
WON WBC YOUTH W TITLE - on 9-23-05 in Corona he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Francisco Rincon (10-2), Timothy dominated the fight and shut out Rincon 100-90 on all three scorecards.
On 8-26-05 in Corona he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Juan Cervantes (11-16-2). Scored 60-53 on all three scorecards.
On 7-21-05 in Los Angeles, CA, he knocked out Andre Marcos (0-1): at 2:15 of the 5th round.
On 6-3-05 in Ontario he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Justo Almazan (14-42-5). Scored 60-52, 59-53, 59-53.
On 4-25-05 in Ontario he knocked out Ramon Ortiz (1-9-3) at 2:49 of the 3rd round.
On 3-28-05 in Ontario he knocked out Carlos Parra (1-2): at 1:59 of the 1st round.
On 11-22-04 in Ontario he knocked out Luis Medina (debut) at 0:18 of the 1st round.
On 10-29-04 in Ontario he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Raul Nunez (debut). Scored 40-36 on all three scorecards...
He debuted at the age of 20 on 8-20-04 in Corona and knocked out Francisco Martinez (debut): at 1:17 of the 2nd round.
Timothy said, "I was born and raised in Palm Springs, California. I have two sisters, I'm in the middle in age. My dad works security for a high school. My mom is a housewife.
"I think I was in about sixth grade, and a friend of mine was boxing. I was always fighting in the street, you know, fighting in school. I always had fast hands, and we would always slap-box and stuff. He was like, 'Aw, man, you should come down to the boxing club. It's right across the street from the airport.' I was like, 'Well, allright, man. I'll check it out.' I just kept bugging my dad and bugging my dad, and he said, 'You're not serious. This game is no joke. You're not going to be serious about this.' I was like, 'Yes, I am.'
"So I went in there and I met O.J. Kucher and Russell Rodriguez, and O.J. weighed me and took a look at me, took a look at my hands, and he was like, 'Kid, you're going to be a champion. I can see it in you.' I was like, 'Huh?' He just knew - I don't know. I been there ever since. Of course, I went to different clubs and stuff like that, 'cause he had passed away. His son took over my training, then my father took over my training. My father was my amateur trainer for my whole amateur career.
"I started boxing when I was about 10. I had about 145 amateur fights. I really don't even have a clue about how many wins and losses I had, just a lot of fights. I'm naturally righthanded.
"I fought the best out there. I fought Anthony Thompson, Rondell Mason, Andre Berto. I fought Andre Ward when we were like, 14 or 15. It was in a national invitational. I ended up losing a split decision against him."
Timothy married Monica Smoot on May 15, 2010...he has a stepson and stepdaughter, and the couple had their first child, a girl, in July, 2011.
2004 WESTERN OLYMPIC TRIALS - Bakersfield, California., 152 pounds: in his first fight on 2-3-04 he lost a 35-22 decision against Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., who went on to make the 2004 U.S. Olympic team.
2003 USA VS. PUERTO RICO - Trenton, New Jersey, 152 pounds: he won a 16-12 decision against Miguel Almonte of Puerto Rico.
2003 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES - Las Vegas, Nevada, 152 pounds - SILVER MEDALIST - In his first fight he won a 5-0 decision against Scott BallVaughn Alexander of St. Louis, Mo.. In the semifinals he won a 5-0 decision against Ben Foust of Knoxville, Tenn.. In the finals he lost a 5-0 decision against Andre Berto of Winter Haven, Fla.
2003 U.S. CHALLENGE - Colorado, Springs, Colorado, 152 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST. In his first fight on 4-4-03 he lost a 21-3 decision against Juan McPherson of Cleveland, OH. Iin his second fight on 4-5-03 he won on walkover against Anthony Dirrell of Flint, Mich.
2003 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 152 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST. In his first fight on 3-24-03 he won a 17-11 decision against Brent Rodrigues of Kurtistown, Hi.. In his second fight on 3-25-03 he won a 16-4 decision against Glen Dunnings of Akron, Oh.. In the quarterfinals on 3-26-03 he won a 2-1 (paper scoring) decision against Durrell Richardson of Youngstown, OhIn the semifinals he lost a 14-7 decision against Andre Berto of Winter Haven, Fla.
2003 TITAN GAMES - San Jose, California, 152 pounds - In his first fight on 2-14-03 he won a 23-14 decision against Emmanuel Gonzalez of Puerto Rico. In his second fight on 2-15-03 he lost a 25-23 decision against Alfredo Angulo of Mexico.
2002 USA VS. ENGLAND DUAL I - London, England, 147 pounds - Won a 16-13 decision against Darren Barker of England.
2002 USA VS. IRELAND DUAL II - Liverpool, England, 147 pounds - Won a 17-15 decision against David Conlon of Blackrock, Ireland.
2002 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Las Vegas, Nevada, 147 pounds - In his first fight on 4-2-02 he won an 11-4 decision against Brent Rodrigues of Kurtistown, Hi.. In his second fight on 4-3-02 he won a 22-3 decision against John Askew of San Antonio, Tex. In the quarterfinals on 4-4-02 he lost an 11-10 decision against Juan McPherson of Cleveland, Oh.
2001 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Kansas City, Missouri, 147 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: In his first fight on 11-12-01 he won a 26-11 decision against David Ramos. In his second fight on 11-13-01 he won a 13-5 decision against Steven Ham. In the quarterfinals on 11-14-01 he won a 6-2 decision against Fernando Ramos. In the semifinals on 11-15-01 he won a 4-3 decision against Rondale Mason. In the finals on 11-17-01 he won a 24-20 decision against James Parison.
2001 NATIONAL UNDER-19 CHAMPIONSHIPS - Ft. Worth, Texas, 147 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: In the quarterfinals he won a 26-8 decision against Timothy Coleman of Las Vegas, Nev. In the semifinals he won a 25-8 decision against David Ramos of Pinconning, Mich. In the finals he won a 19-2 decision against Michael Andrade of Providence, R.I.
2000 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - New Orleans, Louisiana., 147 pounds - SILVER MEDALIST: In his first fight he won a 15-0 decision against Delaney Howard of Cleveland, Oh. In his second fight he won a 29-11 decision against Steven Ham of Newark, N.J. In the quarterfinals he won a 3-1 decision against Napolean Cleveland of Selma, Ala. In the semifinals he won a 16-4 decision against Spencer Harsley of Washington, D.C. In the finals he lost a 10-6 decision against Anthony Thompson of Philadelphia, Penn.
Canadastar Boxing & Special Events
|Record:||28-0, 1 NC, 12 KOs|
|Trainers:||Ray Bradley, Joel Diaz|
|Debut:||Age 20 / August 20, 2004|
- 29 fights
- 194 total rounds
- 69 world championship rounds
Average Length of Bouts...
- 6.6 rounds
- 42 %
- 12 rounds: 5 (5-0)
- 10 rounds: 4 (4-0)
- Has good skills and movement
- Physically strong
- Always in top condition
- Great stamina and recuperative ability
- Sharp, accurate puncher
- Good body puncher
- Versatile in the ring - can pressure his opponent or box, move and counterpunch
- Is experienced against very good opposition
- Strong amateur background
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