Promoter Gary Shaw Denies Tim Bradley's Potential Exodus
Gary Shaw has one more fight remaining on his official contract with WBO and WBC champion Tim Bradley, and the promoter told FanHouse that he believes their relationship will continue beyond that, in contrast to reports and sources that Bradley will likely opt for free agent status.
The 27-year-old Bradley (27-0, 11 knockouts) earned $1.1 million for dethroning 23-year-old southpaw WBC king Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 KOs) in Saturday night's HBO televised, 10-round, technical decision victory at the Pontiac Silverdome, in Pontiac, Mich., during what was his 12th fight under Shaw.
Bradley signed with Shaw in 2006, with their first bout together being an eight-round technical decision victory over Jaime Rangel in December of that year.
Since then, however, Bradley has felt that Shaw has neither earned him his worth financially or in terms of overall exposure and support, according to sources.
"I like Timmy, I like his wife, Monica, I like his dad, and I like his family. I think that we have a very good relationship," said Shaw, who co-promotes Bradley with Alex Campanovo of Thompson Boxing Promotions.
"I know that [Bradley's manager] Cameron Dunkin is trying to poison the relationship," said Shaw. "But, hopefully, Tim will see past that and see what Alex Campanovo and I did for him."
Bradley and Dunkin declined comment.
Bradley hired Dunkin shortly before earning what was then a career-high, $345,000 for his Showtime televised, December, 2009 unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Lamont Peterson (28-1-1, 14 KOs).
After making the jump to HBO in early 2010, Bradley made what was then a career-high $700,000 for July's unanimous decision over previously undefeated welterweight (147 pounds) Luis Carlos Abregu (29-1, 23 KOs).
Bradley was upset, for example, when Shaw did not make the trip to Nottingham, England, in May of 2008, when Bradley dethroned hometown fighter, Junior Witter, as WBC champion by split-decision.
"I promoted Tim Bradley to where he is today. I think that it's a very good relationship with Tim and his wife, Monica," said Shaw, adding that he has "Never" detected any dissatisfaction on the part of Bradley.
"I think that Alex and I have done a spectacular job getting Timmy to where he is today," said Shaw. "Plus, he's trained by a great trainer in Joel Diaz, and we have a lot of confidence in him."
Bradley was stripped of the WBC belt for refusing to face mandatory challenger, Alexander, in April of 2009, the same month during which he twice rose from the canvas to dethrone Kendall Holt (25-4, 13 KOs) as WBO champ.
According to a story by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, and, Top Rank Promotions CEO, Bob Arum, are poised to collect Bradley.
"The fact is absolutely any promoter would be interested in someone like Timothy Bradley," Yahoo! Sports quoted Schaefer, who also promotes WBA junior welterweight king, Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) of England.
"He's the total package, and when you have someone who is the total package, there are definitely opportunities," . He has a great personality, he comes across very well and he seems to be a very good person, from what I can tell."
Arum told FanHouse that he has not spoken to Bradley, but that he would have "no problem" promoting the resident of Palm Springs, Calif.
"Bradley's under contract with Gary Shaw, and it's up to Gary to come through with another fight for him before his contract runs out. We've made no bones about it that we would love to have Tim Bradley become a part of Top Rank," said Arum.
"But that's only when it's legally able to be done. So we haven't talked to him, and we haven't proposed anything to him," said Arum. "But I don't play games. We haven't done anything. But if you asked me if we would want Tim Bradley to become a Top Rank fighter, the answer, certainly, is yes."
Shaw took exception to the assertions of Arum and Schaefer.
"If Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer think that Tim Bradley is so marketable, then that makes me an excellent promoter. I made Tim Bradley," said Shaw, who has spoken to Schaefer regarding a potential bout with Khan.
"I'm working on a fight with Amir Khan and another fight, but, you know, Amir Khan is the only one that I want to go on record with," said Shaw. "I have spoken with Richard Schaefer about Amir Khan and about a fight sometime in the summer."