Tim Bradley to battle Brandon Rios on Novenber 7
WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) will fight Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) on November 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
This is a good match-up between two of the best 147-pound fighters in the world, however, it is unclear whether Bradley's world title will be on the line.
Bradley has a defence due against mandatory challenger Sadam Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) and the WBO has said that it will not sanction this fight as a world title bout unless Ali's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, agrees for him to step aside and then face the winner.
Either way, Bradley, who will go into the fight with new trainer, Teddy Atlas after splitting with career-long corner man Joel Diaz, is keen to stay active ahead of possible unification bouts against the likes of Kell Brook and Keith Thurman and take on fellow American Rios.
"I am excited to get back into the ring on November 7 against a very game and very dangerous Brandon Rios," said Bradley. "I know that Rios is dedicated to giving the fans what they pay for and so am I."
In his last outing, Bradley outpointed Jessie Vargas for the interim WBO title in June. He was elevated to WBO champion when Floyd Mayweather was stripped of the belt.
Former WBA lightweight champion Rios has not fought since January, a one-sided third round stoppage win over Mike Alvarado, due to failed negotiations with IBF champion Brook, who will instead fight Diego Chaves on October 24, and whether it is a title fight or not, Rios is just happy to fight.
"As long as I get a fight, I don't care," said Rios. "I will train my ass off and take it as a title fight because Bradley is a legit fighter and he will come to fight, especially when you put the pressure on him. When you put pressure on him, like I will do, the fighter in him will come out."
Also on the card, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) will defend his title against Mexico's Romulo Koasicha (24-4, 15 KOs).