Timothy Bradley announces retirement from boxing 

 

DSCN7143By Leighton Ginn

Five-time world champion Timothy Bradley announced Saturday he will retire from boxing, turning a page in his life that brought him international fame.

“Thank you for cheering me on when I didn’t deserve it, loving me most when I needed it and for being my heartbeat to keep going day after day. I am the man I am today because of you all,” Bradley said in a release.

Bradley’s full release is below.

There always comes a point in life where we have to make choices that no matter how much we know the right option, it still leaves us filled with mixed emotions.

Looking back at Timothy Bradley’s championship years

I have spent the past couple days trying to find the right words to describe this point in my life and no matter how long I sit and reflect, I still don’t know if these words can do my thoughts justice, but I’m going to do my best to open up my heart and share with all of you during this pivotal time.

How Timothy Bradley’s life intersected with 1968 Olympians George Foreman and John Carlos

It is no secret that a life of any professional athlete is not an easy one- yes it comes with a lot of fame and fortune but also comes with fear and fatigue. A balance that has to be achieved by ambition and maintained through perspective. For over twenty three years, Boxing gave me purpose and it defined me. Dedicated to my craft and fueled by my passion for the sport, my love for my team and my admiration for all of you who supported me day in and day out– I was able to give 100% of myself to be the best and to always get up when I was knocked down. It was the biggest challenge in my life but I embraced the sacrifice with every victory and milestone reached. Boxing gave me roots, it kept me off the streets, it gave me confidence, it taught me how to be a man and face every challenge head on and take the good with the bad. Yes I missed holidays, birthdays, even missed hearing some of my children’s first words but more than time, it took my blood, sweat and tears, all things I can never get back. Which is why turning the page for me is bittersweet. That once in a lifetime purpose to wake up everyday and give 100% is now fueled towards something else- my family. I find my strength in them, my peace and most importantly, unconditional love. I wake up wanting to spend all my time being a father, being a husband and being free. Although that square circle I lived to dance in everyday gave me so many smiles and blessings, it could never out weigh the smiles and blessings I receive from my wife and children. It’s now my turn to support them and encourage them to live their dreams and I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter. I hope to continue to allow boxing in my world through teaching, commentating and being a fan of a sport I love so dearly.

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And to you, the diehard fans, man, it’s been one heck of a ride. The bumps, the bruises, the peaks, the valleys, the days I didn’t want to get out of bed and the nights I couldn’t sleep….So many occasions where my heart, mind and soul were tested but with every challenge there was hope and there was all of you…giving me the courage to fight another day and do what I loved to do. I can never find the words to convey how much I appreciate all of you and how truly humbled I am by the unconditional support the past 23 years, Thank you. Thank you for cheering me on when I didn’t deserve it, loving me most when I needed it and for being my heartbeat to keep going day after day. I am the man I am today because of you all.

Joel Diaz on his latest prospects and career at Fantasy Springs

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By Leighton Ginn

Joel Diaz has worked with some of the best boxers in the game and has built up a reputation as one of the top trainers in the sport.

On Friday, May 20th, Diaz will have two young prospects at the start of their careers in Joseph Aguirre and Jesus Sanchez. They are part of the Golden Boy Promotions card at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Spa.

Diaz has spent less than a year with both fighters, but likes what he sees so far.

Aguirre (12-0, 8 knockouts) will be with Diaz for just his second fight as he fights Rony Alvarado (9-7, 5 KOs) from Mexico.

While in Cancun for another fight, the promoter approached Diaz to see if he would want to take on Aguirre. The promoter, Pepe Gomez, felt Aguirre needed a change.

In his first fight with Diaz in March, Aguirre won by second-round knockout. This will be Aguirre’s first fight in the US, Diaz said.

Sanchez won his debut by second-round knockout in February. From Madera, Calif., Sanchez moved south to Indio, Calif., so he could train with Diaz.

So far, Diaz likes what he sees with Sanchez’s toughness and work ethic. Although lanky at 6-foot-2 in the 140-pound division, Diaz said Sanchez does have good power.

Sanchez takes on Cuban Livan Navarro (2-0), who has a lot of experience, Diaz said.

 

Although Diaz has trained some of the elite boxers in the game today, and traveled the world, he said fights at Fantasy Springs will always have a special place in his heart.

When Diaz was a top boxer, he fought several times locally, and Fantasy Springs became the destination in the Coachella Valley. Diaz and his younger brothers Antonio and Julio became legends locally. All three fighters combined never lost a fight at Fantasy Springs.

 

GOLDEN BOY FIGHTS AT FANTASY SPRINGS

When: May 20th. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Where: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Spa, 84-245 Indio Springs Dr, Indio, CA

Television: Estrella TV Ring TV, estrellaTV.com

Live Stream: Ring TV, estrellaTV.com

Tickets: $25-$45. Call (800) 827-2946 or online at http://www.fantasyspringsresort.com

Special guest: Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe will  meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures from 6-7 p.m.

Main event: Eddie Gomez (18-1) vs. John Sosa (13-1), 10-round welterweight fight

Co-main: Fidel Maldonado Jr. (21-3) vs. Art Hovhannisyan (17-2-2), 10-round lightweight fight.