Tim Bradley's Promoter Won't Be Ringside Against Devon Alexander
DETROIT -- When WBO champion Tim Bradley enters the ring opposite southpaw WBC titlist Devon Alexander, Bradley's promoter, Gary Shaw, will be tucked away in some distant room of the Pontiac Silverdome, probably alone, and settling in to watch the HBO televised broadcast of the fight.
"He only watched my first fight and then that was it," said Bradley, referring to his December of 2006, eighth-round, technical decision over Jaime Rangel. "The first fight after I signed with him is the only one that he's watched from ringside. That was the Rangel fight."
It's been that way since Shaw signed the 27-year-old Bradley (26-0, 11 knockouts) to a contract 11 fights ago in 2006, and that's how it will be on Saturday night at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., against the 23-year-old Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs).
"You know that I won't be in the arena for the fight. I will not be there for the fight. Since I've signed Timmy, I've never seen him fight," said Shaw, during Thursday's press conference at the Motor City Casino promoting the fight.
"I'm superstitious, and I only watch him on T.V. I have a T.V. set up for me in every arena. And I leave ringside before the fight starts and I go and watch it on T.V.," said Shaw. "So I will be in a private room somewhere in the Silverdome watching it on TV, which can be very frustrating."
One of those intense times occurred in April of 2009, when Bradley had to twice rise from knockdowns to win his current crown by unanimous decision over Kendall Holt (25-4, 13 KOs) at Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
"For that fight, I didn't have sound. And I'm in there alone going, 'Get up, Timmy, get up,' when he got knocked down," said Shaw.
"That was like an out of body experience, watching your fighter on T.V. and you can hear the roar of the crowd," said Shaw. "But I won't be in there in the arena on Saturday night."
Tim Bradley Touts Devon Alexander Fight, Reads Manny Pacquiao
Tim Bradley to Go Old School on Devon Alexander
Devon Alexander: 'I've Been An Underdog Most of My Life'
Boxing, Detroit Needs Alexander-Bradley
Devon Alexander-Tim Bradley: The Experts Weigh In
Manny Pacquiao Would Have 'No Problem' Fighting Alexander
Devon Alexander-Tim Bradley 'Face-Off' With Max Kellerman
Alexander-Bradley Winner 'Merits' Pacquiao, Mayweather, Marquez
Camp Notes: WBO Champ Tim Bradley
Devon Alexander: Tim Bradley Has Called Out The Devil
Tim Bradley Won't Let Flu Slow Him For Devon Alexander
International Experts Pick Devon Alexander-Bradley Winner
Tim Bradley, WBC Bury Hatchet Before Devon Alexander Fight
King Eyes Pacquiao, Mayweather if Alexander Beats Bradley
Devon Alexander: Tim Bradley's 'A Roadblock' To Mega Stardom