Welterweight Champ Bradley Mixes It Up With Matthysse

August 29th, 2013

By Leighton Ginn , USA TODAY Sports

INDIO, Calif. — After the battle Timothy Bradley was coming off of in March, it would be reasonable to think that the WBO welterweight champion might ease into his first sparring session of training camp for his Oct. 12 fight.

But Bradley isn’t always reasonable.

For his very first sparring session, Bradley took on a man considered one of the most dangerous punchers in all of boxing when he welcomed Argentinian Lucas Matthysse into the Indio Boys and Girls Club on Monday.

Bradley and Matthysse were already scheduled to work together, as Matthysse had said he wanted to move his training camp from Las Vegas to Indio so he could avoid all the distractions of Sin City.

Matthysse is in final preparation for his WBC and WBA light welterweight title fight against champion Danny Garcia as the co-main event on the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez super fight on Sept. 14. The dangerous Matthysse is 34-2, with 32 of those victories coming by knockout. Both losses were controversial decisions to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah in their hometowns.