Sadam Ali backs WBO stance on Tim Bradley v Brandon Rios

Phil Jay 08/09/2015

WBO welterweight contender Sadam Ali has shown his appreciation to the Paco Valcárcel following the WBO President’s decision not to sanction Timothy Bradley’s title defense against Brandon Rios.

Bradley had been hoping to put his belt on the line for the first time since regaining it earlier this year in a high-profile encounter with former lightweight world champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios, although the fight is now in limbo.

Upon hearing that Rios had signed off on the contest and was only waiting for Bradley to do the same, Valcárcel stepped in to state that no approval would come from the World Boxing Organisation until an agreement with Ali to step aside had been reached.

Judging by Ali’s response, a deal to put his own challenge on the backburner may not be in the offing, and the ‘World Kid’ could be looking to be the first in line to challenge Bradley for the 147 pound crown.

“My sincere gratitude to the WBO for recognizing that every fighter should have the opportunity to accomplish their dreams of becoming a world champion,” said Ali.

“The boxing world should respect and honor the World Boxing Organisation. (They are) A world class organization that doesn’t bend their rules for anyone.”

Any Bradley v Rios deal is highly dependant on Ali and his promoters Golden Boy allowing the fight to go ahead, and unless both sides come to some arrangement, the prospects of the pair sharing the ring for a world title on November 7 are slim to none.

Bradley would either have to give up the belt he fought so hard to reclaim against Jessie Vargas in the summer or begin negotiations with top-ranked Ali and push his plans to battle Rios to one side.