Timothy Bradley to defend belt at Marlins Stadium Dec. 15
Palm Springs’ Timothy Bradley will make his first defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight title he won against Manny Pacquiao Dec. 15 at Marlins Stadium in Miami, his promoter announced Friday.
Although an opponent hasn’t been officially signed yet, the fighter mostly likely to land the fight is former welterweight champion Andre Berto, according to a source close to the negotiations but unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Bradley promoter Bob Arum said HBO, which will televise the Dec. 15 fight, was unable to help broker a deal with rival promoter Richard Schaefer to make Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) Bradley’s opponent.
Guerrero and his camp lobbied hard to fight Bradley on Twitter and in other forums. Schaefer had previously said he wouldn’t stand in the way of allowing Arum’s Top Rank to promote a bout his fighter wanted.