Timothy Bradley announces retirement from boxing 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The woman who convinced Teddy Atlas to return to training finally meets Timothy Bradley in person

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One person who was crucial in getting Teddy Atlas to return to boxing to train WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley had never met the Desert Storm until this week.

When Bradley approached Atlas, he initially said he wasn’t interested in training again. That was until Atlas spoke to his daughter Nicole, who has a knack for convincing people as a successful lawyer.

“My daughter told me, ‘As great a broadcaster as you are, you’re a teacher. That’s your calling, that’s your essence,” Atlas said, recalling how his daughter convinced him to get back into boxing. “It would be a shame not to allow yourself to teach anymore.”

In convincing her father to return, Nicole had never met Bradley or his team in person until she arrived in Las Vegas with her mother and brother. Bradley will defend his WBO belt against the rough and rugged Brandon Rios on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Thomas & Mack. HBO will telecast the fight card starting at 6:30 p.m., PST.

Throughout the seven-week training camp, Atlas has constantly been keeping Nicole and the family posted. And Nicole said the affect has been positive on her dad.

“We talk to him every day and he’s on a good schedule, he gets up, he’s at the gym, and he’s been getting in shape with Tim,” Nicole said. “He’s been taking off the weight like Tim has, he goes to the gym. He updates us on how sparring’s gone, how he’s doing. It’s all been positive. He’s enjoying it.”

Atlas was co-hosting his radio show on Sirius XM when he had Bradley as a guest.  It was days after Bradley had regained the vacant WBO welterweight title after beating Jessie Vargas.

Despite dominating the fight, Bradley was caught with a big right in the final minute that left him wobbly.

Bradley was a phone-in guest for “Going the Distance,” which Atlas hosts with Wally Matthews and Nabate Isles.

Atlas asked Bradley “why did you get hit,” with a follow up, “do you know why you got hit.”

Bradley didn’t have an answer for why he got hit, so Atlas began to break it down. His co-hosts just went silent and listened to the interaction.

“I couldn’t help myself. It just happened in the middle of the interview,” Atlas said. “The teaching part came out and being a teacher is helping someone who needs help.”

“I forgot I was on the radio. I became a teacher,” Atlas said. “My daughter was right.”

But Atlas didn’t think it was anything more than an interview. His co-host had different thoughts.

“We went to a commercial (after the interview) and Wally said, ‘He’s going to call you to train him,’” Atlas said. “I said, ‘No he’s not, because I’m not training anyone.’ I wasn’t thinking in those terms. He said, ‘you mark my words, he’s going to call you to train him.’”

It wasn’t long after when Bradley did call Atlas, but he wasn’t interested initially. During that time, Bradley decided to part ways with Joel Diaz, who had trained him his entire professional career.

But it was talking to Nicole that changed his mind. Another thing that convinced Atlas to return to training was getting to know Bradley. Atlas liked Bradley’s character and was comfortable with his family.

Nicole said she’s even noticed a change.

“It’s different when he’s doing the commentating, he’s just preparing to call the fight. With this, he’s putting more of his heart into it,” Nicole said. “There’s always worry because he wants to make sure he’s doing everything right. And there’s also the confidence he’s done everything right. Now we’re here for the fight and everything he needed to do is done.”

During the weigh in, Nicole was with her mother Elaine and brother Teddy III were sitting in the back row and passing out “Desert Storm” black t-shirts to their other family and friends who joined them from the East Coast.

“It’s exciting. Definitely, we’re excited, but at the same time, nervous,” Nicole said. “It’s been a few years since we’ve had to worry and care who wins the fight. Normally, we watch all the fights. It doesn’t matter who wins or lose. We just watch it for the entertainment. It’s exciting.

Timothy Bradley said going back to Thomas and Mack to face Brandon Rios brings back good vibrations

Timothy Bradley works with trainer Teddy Atlas during his media workout on Oct. 28 in preparation for his fight against Brandon Rios. Bradley will face Rios on Nov. 7 at the Thomas and Mack arena in Las Vegas.

Timothy Bradley works with trainer Teddy Atlas during his media workout on Oct. 28 in preparation for his fight against Brandon Rios. Bradley will face Rios on Nov. 7 at the Thomas and Mack arena in Las Vegas.

A day earlier, Brandon Rios said he was expecting to see the same Timothy Bradley that dominated future Hall of Fame boxer Juan Manuel Marquez two years earlier.

On Oct. 28, Bradley said he’s expecting Rios to be at his best as well, feeling he will see the same level Rios demonstrated his first fight against Mike Alvarado in a battle that was voted the Fight of the Year in 2012.

There is good reason to expect Bradley to be at his best. When Bradley beat Marquez, it was at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Bradley will face Rios on Nov. 7 in his return trip to the basketball arena on the UNLV campus.

While Bradley said he’s had better performances, he knows the Marquez fight will be

“I beat a Hall of Fame fighter, so it makes me world-class,” Bradley said. “I beat a household name.

“That probably was the defining fight (of my career).”

However, Bradley returns to Thomas and Mack with two distinct differences. Since his 2013 victory over Marquez, Bradley has since replaced manager Cameron Dunkin, and most recently, trainer Joel Diaz.

Bradley’s wife Monica took over manager duties right after the Marquez fight. Diaz, who had trained Bradley since he turned pro in 2004, has been replaced by renown and respected trainer Teddy Atlas.

“In general, sometimes we get … content doing the same thing over and over. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Bradley said. “As I saw my career going forward, I saw it going south, getting hit with big shots, not doing the right things in the ring.

“It just wasn’t all there. I felt a chance was necessary if I want to continue my career, and get away from the game with my senses. I went with something different, a different look and a different eye.”

While some things have changed, Bradley said fighting inside Thomas and Mack will be comforting.

“I like that arena, it’s nice and compact, there’s not a bad seat in the house,” Bradley said. “It was one of my best performances I ever had in Vegas. I’m looking forward to it.

Brandon Rios worried he was getting brushed aside prior to Timothy Bradley fight

Brandon Rios answers questions following his media workout on Oct. 27 in Riverside, Calif. Rios is preparing to take on Timothy Bradley on Nov. 7 at the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas.

Brandon Rios answers questions following his media workout on Oct. 27 in Riverside, Calif. Rios is preparing to take on Timothy Bradley on Nov. 7 at the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas.

In January, Brandon Rios punctuated the final chapter of his trilogy against Mike Alvarado with a third-round knockout. But following the fight, something unexpected happen for Rios.

No one came calling.

A popular fighter for his action style, no one wanted to fight Rios. As months passed by, Rios got irritated.

“Come on man, it’s like they were forgetting about me, little-by-little,” Rios said. “I don’t like that. I know I got a lot of gas in my tank. I’m ready to get back to the top and show everyone I’m ready,

“It’s just like the Alvarado fight. It was a do-or-die fight for me. If Alvarado would have beat me, my career would have been done.  I made the best out of it. I’m making the best of everything now. I’m more focused, I’m more determined to get to the top.”

It was after the first fight against Alvarado when Rios’ career his a rough patch. Rios lost the rematch against Alvarado, and then was dominated in the biggest fight of his career, losing a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao.

“Pacquiao didn’t bring the best out of me, everyone knows that,” Rios said. “I got cocky, I got stupid. I was young, making a lot of money, and I was just dumb in that fight.”