WBO put the brakes on Bradley v Rios until Ali agreement is reached

Phil Jay 07/09/2015

World Boxing Organisation President Paco Valcárcel says any agreed fight between welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and Brandon Rios will not be sanctioned for the world title as it stands.

Due to the fact that Sadam Ali is the number one-ranked contender for the 147 pound championship, Valcárcel has stated that Top Rank must reach a settlement with Golden Boy to finalize any contest between Bradley and Rios.

“(The) WBO hasn’t sanctioned Tim Bradley v Brandon Rios and won’t until an agreement is reached with Golden Boy, Sadam Ali’s promoter,” explained Valcárcel on Monday.

Robert Garcia, the trainer of Rios, had previously confirmed that his team’s portion of the contract for the fight was signed and that they were only waiting on Bradley for the bout to be completed.

Valcárcel’s announcement means there will be at the very least a short delay until both sides can make the November 7 encounter official but without Golden Boy’s blessing Bradley v Rios is in danger of collapse.

Bradley, who recently split with long-time trainer Joel Diaz following a successful spell, would face being stripped of the belt that he only just regained against Jessie Vargas if he did not comply with the WBO’s wishes.

Given Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya’s recently rekindled relationship with Top Rank supremo Bob Arum, it would be more probable than not that a step aside deal will happen – but for now Bradley v Rios hangs in the balance.