The Timothy Bradley Story!
Every champion has their own story to tell, story of success, story of failures and different stories of struggles. Even the most feared and the very anticipating fighter on the ring had also his own biography to tell, not just the fights, not the achievements but the lessons and knowledge he acquired while struggling to reach where he stands now. But there is actually a call for it, there has to be a reason, an inspiration and motivation.
As what Muhammad Ali once said that “Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream and a vision. They have to have late minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, and they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” Meaning, will power overcomes any pains and obstacles in between of success and failures if you had the guts and stamina to face all the troubles.
And never afraid to fail as you will never learn the essence of success if you did not experience the bitterness of failure, as Michael Jordan quoted “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." He is claiming that he succeeded because of his failures; he never stopped doing the right things and where is he now?
He is still on top continuing striving for his wellness as he believed that being on top is not actually staying on top, he still tries to discover what he can do for more. “It is true to say that the secret of a winning formula is the ability to accept that there is a vast area of unexploited potential beyond what you currently perceive to be your maximum.” This quotation was made by Steve Backley to convince the neophytes in the field of sports to just continue reaching for their dreams and for those who already had their reputations on their endeavor, as he was also saying that “Athletes who are able to stay completely focused in pursuit of their dreams are the ones that are most likely to become champions.” And “If you are able to focus unswervingly on your goals, then all that you desire will become yours.” So, aside from the strength, knowledge and capability, the sports enthusiasts need also to have time to focus on his chosen field of expertise, as it is as important as having the motivation to succeed.
If you focus on what you are doing, analyzing the mistakes and learning from them, there would be no way not reach your goal. Steve Backley also quoted once that “There are three types of people in this world. Firstly, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask, what happened? Which do you want to be?” Just like this undefeated champion in the field of boxing, who had the guts, the motivation and always focused on his next bout to be. He is none other than Timothy Ray Tim Bradley Jr. Also known as “The Desert Storm”, he entered the world of boxing with a bang, started as a neophyte but because of determination and will power, he is now one of the most anticipated boxers of the world. Nobody as of writing of this article had over power him inside the boxing ring arena, no one in the world of boxing had defeated him so far.
But though considered as one of the greatest boxers of his generations, he still never stop to develop himself more as he believed what Dot Richardson had to say before that “A true champion is someone who wants to make a difference, who never gives up, and who gives everything she has no matter what the circumstances are. A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams.”
Timothy Ray Tim Bradley Jr. also known as the Desert Storm was born on Palm Springs, California United States of America on the 29th of August 1983. He is under the sign of Virgo who is destined to be a champion. He stands 5 feet and 6 inches tall and had a reach of 69. A person of determination and conviction, he was raised by Timothy Ray Bradley Sr. and Kathleen Bradley to Cathedral City California from where he built all his dreams and the foundation of his life. He would always help his parents in terms of financial so he even worked as a waiter and a dishwasher to a certain food service enterprise.
Bradley Jr. attended his primary and secondary schools to Palm Spring School in California. He was so young when he started working out with his father; he always sees to it that what his father does to strengthen his body would also be his exercise. He was around ten years old when he requested his father to start teaching him to box on Palm Springs Boxing Club and since then, his father became his personal trainer.
He married a certain Monica Manzo who happened to be his old friend and treated her two kids as his own since 2010 as Monica was already divorced from his previous husband. She was working as a secretary to the Bradley Sr’s Security department. Bradley Jr. lives a not so good life when he is still in his childhood, just earning eight bucks per hour on a certain restaurant. His father was his wall to lean on as his start was really a struggle, more downs than ups as he was not given anything, everything he had was the product of his hard works.
Even during the time of his very first training on boxing, his father was his first coach and trainer and this was only during their time on the gym as his father always told him that outside boxing, he is still his father. It was during this time that Bradley Jr. learned from his father that success can only be acquired through hard works, resolute and unconditional discipline and most especially the willingness and eagerness to succeed. But despite of hardships and downfalls, the Bradleys never minded the struggles and just continue striving hard and working for the goodness of the younger Bradley in preparation of his life in entering the world of boxing. And it seems that they were not wrong in preparing Bradley Jr. to box as his training was very successful.
And the New Champion was born!
Bradley Jr. had debuted as a professional boxer on August 20, 2004 at the Omega products International Corona California. He had defeated his opponent Francisco Martinez of the United States via technical knock-out on their second round of the bout. On the same year, he had also defeated Raul Nunez of the United States through a unanimous decision on the 29th of October at the Double tree Hotel, Ontairo California and Luis Medina of Mexico via technical knockout on the 22nd of November on the same venue as he had fought Nunez. All his fights were for the non-title and he had making his name one of the anticipated name in the world of boxing during that time.
On the next year, 2005 Bradley had over power three Mexican boxers consecutively namely Carlos Parra on the 28th of March via knock out, Ramon Ortiz on the 25th of April also by knock out and Justo Almazan on the 3rd of June via unanimous decision. All of the three fights were held on Doubletree Hotel, Ontario California. On the same year, he also knocks out technically Marcos Costa of Brazil on the 21st of July at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, Los Angeles California for a non-title bout. On the 26th of August, on sixth round, Bradley defeated an American fighter Juan Yoani Cervantes via unanimous decision at the Omega Products International Corona California. And finally, his first title was on this year on his fight against Francisco Rincon of Mexico on the 23rd of September on the same venue via unanimous decision. He won the vacant World Boxing Council Youth Super Lightweight Belt on the tenth round of his fight. Before the end of the year 2005, Bradley was able to garner more win as he defeated Jorge Alberto Padilla of Mexico for a non-title bout on the 21st of November.
Bradley then won a couple of fights to retain his title as WBC Youth Super Lightweight champion against Rafael Ortiz of Mexico via a referees Technical decision on the 17th of February and from Eli Addison of the United States on the 31st of March. Another knockout victory for Bradley on the 13th of May on the same year against American boxer Jesus Abel Santiago at the Antelope Valley fairgrounds Lancaster California was added to his records. Mexican fighter Arturo Urena was not successful to snatch the WBC Youth Super Lightweight title from Bradley as he lost the bout on the 23rd of June. Three more bouts were successfully garnered by Bradley from boxers of different nations. First was against Martin Ramirez of the United States via referee’s technical decision on the 18th of August at the Omega Products International Corona California. Second was against Alfonso Sanchez of Mexico via knockout on the 16th of October at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario California and lastly against Jaime Rangel of Colombia on the first day of December via technical decision on the Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez California.
Bradley again retained WBC Youth super lightweight title against Mexican boxer Manuel Garnica via unanimous decision on the 2nd of February of 2007 at the Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez California. Then another two fights had been won by him against Nasser Athumani of Kenya and Donald Camarena of the United States on the 13th of April and first day of June respectively for non-title bouts. Before Bradley had won another title, he had retained his previous title against Miguel Vasquez of Mexico via unanimous decision on the 27th of July.
Bradley had two bouts on 2008, first was where he won his second title World Boxing Council Super Lightweight Title from which he had won against Junior Witter of the United Kingdom via split decision on the 10th of May at the Nottingham Arena. His second fight for the year was against Edner Cherry on the 13th of September via unanimous decision at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi from where he was able to retain the title.
Bradley had successfully brought home three victorious fights from which another title was added to his record. The first was against Kendall Holt of the United States for the title World Boxing Organization Junior Welterweight Title. He won the fight on the 4th of April 2009 via a 12 round unanimous decision at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Canada. He was able to retain this title from Nate Campbell also from the United States on the first day of August at the Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage California. Another American boxer tried to snatch the title but no luck to defeat the Desert Storm on the 14th of November on the same venue. And so far up to this date, Bradley had no record yet of losing any bout and holding different titles the WBC Youth super lightweight title, the WBC super lightweight title and WBO junior welterweight title.
Bradley had only one fight on 2010 and this was against Luis Abrequ of Argentina from which he had won for no title bout. This was on the 17th of July at the Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage California.
This is the year when Bradley had won another title; he was able to snatched World Boxing Council Super Lightweight Title from an American boxer Devon Alexander on the 29th of January at the Silver dome, Pontiac, Michigan via technical decision. On this fight, he also had retained his WBO junior welterweight title. His second and last fight for the year 2011 was against Joel Casamayor of Cuba from which he also had won to retain his WBO junior welterweight title at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Nevada.
2012 was the most challenging year for Bradley, the only year and the only fight that he almost had lost. On June 9, 2012, he fought Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and won the WBO welterweight title via split decision. His victory on this fight had generated so much controversy as there are protests and complains about the decisions of the judges. This controversy even led the boxing authorities to conduct another analysis as they hired another five judges to review the fight and all of them decided that Pacquiao won. And because the decision could have been irrevocable, the least they can do is to schedule a rematch. But with the conviction of the Bradley’s camp, they believed that the title was meant for him. In fact the Bradley-Pacquiao match was included in many articles that tackle controversial boxing decisions.
Bradley had another victory over Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia via a close unanimous decision on the 16th of March. He was able to retain his WBO welterweight title at the Home Depot Center Carson California. Though he had beaten the Russian boxer, he was caught quoting that his opponent Provodnikov would be a great boxer someday and could become champion like him. His fight with the Russian boxer gave him his first award as the 2013 Fight of the Year recognized by the Ring Magazine. And on the 12th of October, Bradley had fought Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico for his WBO welterweight title from which he was able to retain via split decision on Thomas and Mack Center Las Vegas Nevada.
One of the most anticipated fights of 2014 would be the rematch between him and the Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. This would happen on the 12th of April at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Nevada. This fight is for the WBO welterweight title that he needed to defend. Yes, Pacquiao had regained his reputation after winning a bout against Rios enough to overpower his two consecutive losses against Juan Manuel Marquez who was already defeated by Bradley and himself, but he was one of the boxers who had no record of losses. Bradley already had released a statement regarding the rematch from which he is claiming that he already had win over Pacquiao and this rematch would only be for the people who believed him.
“The only way Bradley can beat me this time is to knock me out. He cannot outbox me, I will be the aggressor. I will throw a lot of punches at him — more than I threw against Rios — and I will land them. Last time I was too nice. This time, I will finish what I start.”
“I already got a win over Manny Pacquiao. This is for the people.”
“I'm gon’na beat Manny Pacquiao and get credit I didn't have the first time around.”
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