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Bradley: Rios is living on a prayer

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

On Wednesday afternoon, Timothy Bradley held a media day workout in which he spoke about his upcoming title defense against Brandon Rios.

The two are set to meet on Nov. 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, in an HBO-televised card.

“Rios can bring on the pressure all night long and we will deal with it.  We are prepared for intense pressure.  The only chance Rios has is a lucky punch and that’s not going to happen,” said Bradley.  Teddy Atlas brought in two sparring partners who have put pressure on me every single second for the last three weeks.  Rios is living on a prayer and he knows it.”

Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs), who is coming off a win over Jessie Vargas and is 1-0-1 since his rematch loss to Manny Pacquiao, is enjoying the change of pace with new trainer Teddy Atlas, who came on board for this fight.

“When Teddy came to camp he took a book of images of certain rounds I had fought previously.  There were notes about what I did right and what I did wrong.  No trainer of mine has ever prepared for a fight like Teddy has for me against Rios.

“My game plan is to stay totally focused for 36 minutes of fighting.  Rios fights hard, is relentless, can endure pain and look for one shot to hurt me.  I want this fight badly.  I plan to keep it in control my way.  Teddy is full of wisdom.  Together we are going to win this big fight.”

Atlas for his part, has been happy with what he has gotten out of Bradley in training camp. 

“Tim did his job to prepare for Rios.  He knows what it takes and what we have to do to win on November 7.  Tim is ready to fight.  We both know what needs to be done — total focus for 12 complete rounds — to win this fight.”

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