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    No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley


    After years of remaining undefeated Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley now has to prove his last fight didn’t scatter his brains and leave symptoms of shell shock.
    It never ends.
    WBO welterweight titlist Bradley (30-0, 12 Kos) is set to fight Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 Kos), a prizefighter with more knockouts than the Palm Springs boxer has wins. But questions about his recovery twirled around like stars during a recent telephone press conference.
    Is Bradley the same fighter?
    “For me as a trainer, it’s always a concern. He was reacting pretty good, answering questions the right way,” said Joel Diaz, who has trained Bradley (seen in Chris Farina-Top Rank photo) for his pro career.
    Diaz was talking about Bradley’s return to training after a grueling and mind numbing clash against Russian juggernaut Ruslan Provodnikov last March 16. During the fight the Palm Springs speedster often traded blows and absorbed more punches than seemingly all of his pro fights put together. Worries about Bradley suffering combat stress seemed a concern.
    Bradley admitted suffering from dizzy spells and slurred speech after the fight. It was enough of a concern that he sought advice from friends.
    “I know some guys in the NFL that got me some help,” said Bradley, adding that they recommended a doctor whose expertise is with concussions. “In Long Beach he assisted me and gave me some therapy work.”
    Bradley spent months recuperating and staying away from the boxing gym.
    “We’re back to normal now. My speech is not slurry no more. I never worry,” Bradley said about the experience. “I’ve got treatment for the last five months.”
    On Bradley’s first day in the gym, on August 1, I happened to catch the welterweight working out for the first time. He looked much heavier and had a big beard and a lot of hair on his head, resembling Isaac Hayes with hair. As he moved through his routines he looked a little slower but it was understandable with the extra weight. Though heavier, he didn’t look fat. Though slower, he was still faster than most boxers.
    Diaz agrees.
    “I noticed a little bit of difference. He was a little off balance but he started getting better. He was a little bit heavy,” Diaz said.
    Bradley finished his routine that day and walked up to me saying “come back in mid-September. Then see how I look. I promise you I’ll look a lot better.”
    Revisiting Bradley
    On Sept. 17, I visited again to see Bradley and the speed in his punches was blinding. I always found it amusing that many boxing pundits felt Bradley was slow until he dismantled several world champions and then beat Manny Pacquiao.
    “He never gets credit,” said Monica Bradley, his wife, while holding their two-month old baby. “He works so hard.”
    After the brutal affair with Provodnikov, many wondered if Bradley lost that extra tick in his reflexes. It’s a valid question, especially when there’s a history of fighters affected by similar wars. You never know.
    Back in the 1980s when Roberto Duran was bludgeoned and eventually knocked out by Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns, many predicted the Panamanian fighter’s demise too. Instead, “Manos de Piedra” returned for many more fights including several more world title fights. He didn’t lose again by knockout due to punches for another 14 years.
    Diaz thinks Bradley is ready even for the likes of Mexico City’s boxing wizard Marquez.
    “He’s been getting hit really hard and he responded very good,” said Diaz, adding that one of the sparring sessions was with hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse. “His ability to move and his reflexes are very, very sharp.”
    Are they sharp enough to beat the likes of Marquez?
    “I’m going to whip his *** and I’m going to win the fight. I’m going to get in there and beat Marquez,” said Bradley, who was stirred by the lack of belief in his abilities. “That’s it. And the world is going to see it.”
    Doesn’t sound like combat stress.
    Bradley fights Marquez on Oct. 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. HBO will televise the Top Rank event.

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    Re: No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley

    Stress could be positive or negative depending on what Tim Bradley is made of. Fear and Anxiety can either heighten the senses or shut it down. It's a fine line to tread but stress is needed for peak performance. Juan Manuel Marquez has proven himself to perform best when under tremendous stress. let's see what Tim Bradley is made of.

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    Re: No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley

    That's a big head, yo.

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    Re: No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley

    Hehehe! I almost went there. But I guess if you have a big cranium, you have big, long doggs. TB is going to ram and bam Hulkquez. Ram that big-@$$cranium into him, and then Bambi away faster than a thief in the night. Holla!

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    Re: No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley

    Recovering from a concussion and head trauma is no joke and takes a lot of time and patience. He should be fine if he hasn't had too many in the past, and that is a big head, a nice target for Dinamita!

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    Re: No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley

    This has all the makings of an above average fight.

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    Re: No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley

    It will be a stinkfest. Hulkquez will not be able to catch Bambi to one shot him. The Cali Cranium Crusher is going to Bambi trot and then SUDDENLY KaBOOM! Ram shot Hulkquez! Hulkquez is gonna be dripping blood from one of his eyelids and from a cut between his hair pugs. So the Sin City crooks that be will go to the score and give Hulkquez a gift victory or draw. Holla!

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    Re: No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley

    So let's see if I get this right. There will be blood, which usually forces a fighter to alter his fight plan (think sense of urgency). The recipient of the damage, when last seen damaged, called on his years of experience to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, (Against your guy actually, if you yourself are not the Pacman. Might you be Radam Gordon Pacquiao III, hmmmm?) No. I'll go a step better. This, on paper anyway, shapes up to be a great fight. I see them doing it more than once actually. It works for both guys. Good paydays, and keeps both names in the mix for the lottery, if the road happens to go in that direction.

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    Re: No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley

    Quote Originally Posted by Radam G View Post
    ... a thief in the night
    Hey, biblical reference! (1 Thessalonians 5:2)

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    Re: No Combat Stress For Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley

    he will make marquez look like he's standing still . might even tko him

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