Negotiations are rumored to be close to completion in the Timothy Bradley vs. Lamont Peterson fight, and Bob Arum has previously confirmed that contracts have been created. Bradley could face Peterson on Dec. 15 in Miami in a bout that is likely to be televised on HBO. However, not everyone is thrilled about the rematch, and Bradley's trainer Joel Diaz has shared some harsh criticism.
Bradley vs. Peterson
After he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in May, Lamont Peterson's rematch with Amir Khan was cancelled, and attempts to reschedule the fight failed. Peterson beat Bradley with a unanimous decision in Dec. 2009, so this is not a rematch that many are excited to see. Timothy Bradley's options for his next fight were limited because Manny Pacquiao refused a rematch while other choices did not work out.
Arum has already started hyping the Dec. 15 fight as a great WBO welterweight championship that will help their careers, but no one seems to be falling for it. If the Dec. 15 bout is finalized, it will probably help Lamont Peterson more than Timothy Bradley even if he loses again. Peterson has been trying to shake the performance enhancing drug scandal for months, so getting the chance to be back in the ring again will benefit him.
Bradley's Trainer Joel Diaz Speaks Out
It seems that some members of Timothy Bradley's camp are not thrilled with a Lamont Peterson fight. Bradley's trainer Joel Diaz has stated, "Lamont Peterson hasn't matured a lot, but a couple losses in his resume, that doesn't make him the Lamont Peterson when he was undefeated." Diaz, who is clearly disappointed about the rematch, has mentioned that other options simply did not materialize and that they were powerless to change this. His comments about promoters indicate that Bob Arum has been controlling the situation.
Although negotiations continue, the fight with Lamont Peterson seems to be almost finalized. The Dec. 15 fight has been briefly linked to Robert Guerrero, Andre Berto and Ruslan Provodnikov as potential opponents for Timothy Bradley, but Lamont Peterson's name has remained as the top choice.
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