Wednesday, 06 June 2012 21:29

Tim Bradley Defends Punching Power, Explains Head Clashes

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FightSaga's Frank Zhong recently caught up with undefeated two-time world champion Tim Bradley who had much to say about his punching power and the frequency of headbutts during his bouts. 

Given fans were highly-critical of his performance against Devon Alexander in January 2011, Tim Bradley sought to deliver a strong statement against Joel Casmayor last November on the Pacquiao vs Marquez III undercard.

While Bradley, who hadn't fought in ten months prior to the Casamayor bout, confirmed he'd intended to put more sting on his punches, the fighter known as "Desert Storm" expressed disappointment that his crafty 40 year old opponent seemed more interested in holding and complaining to the referee than actually fighting.

"He just didn't show up that night. [But] I did what I had to do man. We got him out in the 8th Round."

With only 12 knockouts in 28 fights, Tim Bradley has been criticized for possessing what some believe is a lack of punching power. And while he admitted it took him longer than he'd hoped to stop Casamayor, he again rebuked critics' assertions.

Pictured: LAS VEGAS, NV, November 12, 2011 – Timothy "The Desert Storm" Bradley Jr., left, scores an 8th round TKO over Joel Casamayor at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Photo Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank


In a previous interview with FightSaga, Bradley stated:

"Why don't some of these guys saying I don't have power get in the ring with me, spar with me and take some of these shots I'm dishing out? I know the power is there. It's just a matter of me getting into a fight and actually showing it."

Rated No. 10 on FightSaga's Pound-for-Pound list and No. 8 by The RING, Tim Bradley reiterated his confidence in his punching power.

"I got power. I don't have one-punch knockout power - But if I didn't have any kind of power then these guys would just be walking straight through me. But the fact [is] that these guys start holding me and start looking for a way out," said Bradley.

"I've dropped guys with headgear on."

He was also quick to add: "I'm not feather-fisted like Paul Malignaggi, I'm nowhere near that." (The Tim Bradley interview took place prior to Malignaggi's 9th Round TKO of Vyacheslav Senchenko on April 29th.)

Indeed, Bradley has floored several opponents who went the distance with him, including Edner Cherry, Lamont Peterson, and Junior Witter. But perhaps Bradley's style is not conducive to that of a heavy-handed brawler since he is more concerned about out-thinking and outworking his opponents.

"Sometimes I shy away from that (loading up on punches). Something just takes over."

In addition to naysayers' claims about his lack of power, Bradley has been condemned in the boxing media for allegedly using his head as a weapon as head clashes have seemingly occurred with greater-than-average frequency during his bouts.

Pictured: Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Press Conference
Photo Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank

In response, Bradley was quick to point out an important fact from his last fight:

"There was no clashing of heads in the Casamayor fight. We didn't clash heads at all."

Tim Bradley also went on to explain the reasons for head clashes in the past, which prematurely ended his fights with Nate Campbell and Devon Alexander.

"I always tuck my chin, and we just clash heads. I'm not going to change my style for anybody."

He also chuckled at the notion that some critics believe that his head clashes have been a major factor in his record.

"You gotta be kidding me man, that's the only way I win my fights? You need to go back and see all the opponents I faced. I shut these guys out. It's not even close, I shut them out."

Pictured: A "serious" clash of heads was avoided in Bradley vs Casamayor last November.
Courtesy HBO Sports 


Bradley was also quick to note that he has never been penalized in his professional career for intentional head clashes and that he's not overly concerned about what people think.

In defense of Tim Bradley, his boxing style has served him well so far. His fury in the ring belies an analytical boxing mind and an ability to adapt well within the same, basic approach.

Will Bradley's punching power or a clashing of heads be a factor when he faces WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao on Saturday?


Video: Tim Bradley vs Joel Casamayor Full Fight (Nov 2011)

Frank Zhong

Frank Zhong has two years of collegiate boxing experience from UNC Chapel Hill, where he co-founded the National Collegiate Boxing Associatoin (NCBA) competing team for the Tar Heels. Ever since leaving official competition, he has continued to study and train in the sport. He enjoys reading biographies and history texts on boxing and breaking down techniques in film.

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