ESPN Inks Timothy Bradley to Multiyear Extension

By James Kinneen Jun 28, 2018
Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., the former two-division world titleholder best known for his controversial 2012 split decision win over Manny Pacquiao, agreed to a new multiyear contract extension with ESPN to continue serving as a boxing analyst for Top Rank on ESPN, alongside Joe Tessitore and Mark Kriegel.

The move is yet another sign that ESPN is making a serious push into the boxing world, as they continue to promote elite fighters like Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford both on television and on their new streaming service ESPN+.

In a press release, Bradley noted both his connections with Top Rank and ESPN’s commitment to boxing, saying “Bob Arum, Todd DuBoef and Top Rank were instrumental in helping make my career a legacy and have now joined forces with ESPN to create the best boxing platform available. It is an honor and a blessing to be part of this platform and to sit alongside Tessitore and Kriegel and be part of the rebirth of boxing on national television. Thank you to Top Rank and ESPN for giving me a chance to be here. I promise to deliver the fans the best insight possible for many years to come.”

Bradley retired from boxing in 2017, following a career that featured wins over Juan Manuel Marquez, Devon Alexander , Brandon Rios, and a victory over Ruslan Provodnikov which ESPN chose as their 2013 Fight of the Year. Towards the end of his career, he was trained by Teddy Atlas which led to the two acting as analysts for the Pacquaio-Horn fight.

Bradley will continue his commentating duties this Saturday, when Top Rank on ESPN airs live from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City at 9 p.m. ET, featuring WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez defending his title against Alexis Angulo.

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