Bradley: Spence running away from Crawford, I worry about his eyes during the battle of Ugas

Timothy Bradley Jr has grown into one of boxing’s most honest analysts since retiring in 2016 with a record of 33 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw.

The former 140 and 147-pound champion is now a black commentator for ESPN, and the broadcaster-turned boxer joined Max Kellerman’s “Max on Boxing” to disrupt the weight division picture. currently involves three titles in the WBC and IBF crown holder Errol Spence Jr, WBA champion Yordenis Ugas and WBO belt holder Terrence Crawford.

Spence and Ugas are expected to beat it this spring in a unified title fight, while Crawford, an ad-hoc free agent with a convincing KO win over Shawn Porter in November, is choose a fight with the highest rating by suing the company he joined. was attached throughout his ascent as a three-tournament champion.

“Yes, [Spence] is a kind of next level super fighter. I believe it, but I still think he’s on the run from Terence Crawford, to be honest with you,” Bradley said. “How do I see [Spence vs. Ugas]? It was a tough fight but an easier one than Terence Crawford. Yordenis Ugas, he’s a waiter. He’s a counter puncher. We saw Errol in the ring fighting counter-attackers. Danny Garcia is a counter puncher, and Mikey Garcia is a counter puncher. What did we see? [Spence] can go against those types of people. He can control his stab from the outside. He can rule from the outside, and he can come around the guardians of these guys. He can command speed. That’s what he will do against Ugas.

“My only concern in this war is [Spence’s] eyes. You have to understand – you can’t have hands, you can’t have legs, you have to have eyes to be able to see inside the ring. And when one of your lenses is messed up, you have to understand that that tells your brain what you’re seeing. Your eyes are telling your brain what you are seeing. So I think with Spence, I worry about his eyes. It won’t be 100%. Once you operate on something, it will never be the same. It’s different.”

Over the summer, Spence announced that he had torn his left retina and required surgery days before his scheduled August 21 game against Manny Pacquiao.

Ugas ended up as a late substitute and upset the legendary Filipino boxer in a convincing decisive victory.

Bradley has also fought Pacquiao three times, winning a controversial split in 2012 and dropping unified decisions in 2014 and 2016, the final bout of his 12-year career. that.

“Walking in [Spence vs. Ugas], I worry about coordination and how [Spence is] how he feels and how he sees, and all of this is influenced by his vision. So I think it’s going to be a good battle,” Bradley said. “I think Spence will come out on top, but I think it’s a challenging fight for him in that sense. In terms of style, I think his style suits Ugas. ”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist, writer and broadcaster. He is also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the MMA Journalists Association. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan, by email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at] or on–163512 Bradley: Spence running away from Crawford, I worry about his eyes during the battle of Ugas

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