Timothy Bradley Vs Brandon Rios – Preview and Prediction

Timothy Bradley puts his WBO welterweight belt on the line against Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios in the bright lights of Las Vegas this Saturday night, the bout will feature live in the UK on Boxnation from 1.30 am Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Most boxing fans will be familiar with both fighters, Bradley is an exceptional fighter who belongs in the elite class of the current crop of welterweights, while Rios has built his reputation up over the years as a relentless puncher with a warriors heart.

This should be an entertaining bout, it is the classic boxer vs puncher match up, except Timothy Bradley doesn’t always read his part in the script and has a tendency to go to war, when he should really be boxing his opponents head off.

If he does that against Rios then he really could come unstuck, Rios looked explosive against Mike Alvarado in his last outing earlier this year, and will always have a punchers chance.

The concern with Bradley is he has been increasingly engaging in fights and taking shots, he was hurt against both Ruslan Provodnikov and Jessie Vargas, and in my opinion threw the second fight with Manny Pacquiao away when he abandoned his boxing in the second half of that fight to go looking for an unlikely knockout.

You do wonder if Bradley is one fight away from a shock stoppage loss, he has since switched trainers to Teddy Atlas and in recent interviews Atlas seems to have the same concern and is addressing it, so hopefully for Bradley we will see a disciplined performance, because if he delivers that than there is no way he loses this fight.

I think Rios will have his moments, and if, as said, Bradley lets his emotions get the better of him and does go to war then you have to give Rios a chance of causing the upset.

However I think Teddy Atlas and Timothy Bradley are a good match for a trainer and fighter, Atlas has been criticised in the past for his overly ardent style, but I really feel that and Bradley’s work ethic could work really well together.

Upon writing this the fighters have just weighed in and Rios looks a little weight drained and needs to shift 2 ounces, having just missed weight, that won’t be a problem however he does look like he has had a hard time on the scales.

I am backing Bradley to pull out a decision win this weekend but at a measly 4/9 I wont be putting my money on it. Ladbrokes have Bradley to be knocked down and win at 9/2, I think that could be worth a play.

I can certainly see Bradley having to come off the canvass like he did against Provodnikov if he engages too much in this one.

PREDICTION: BRADLEY UD

BETTING TIP: £10 on Bradley to be knocked down and win 9/2 Ladbrokes.