Trainer Joel Diaz speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)
By Chris Robinson
Having come off of a thrilling, give-and-take battle with gritty Russian Ruslan Provodnikov this past March, there was much curiosity surrounding the return of WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley.
Set to face off with Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on HBO pay per view, Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) admitted to having suffered a concussion during his brutal melee with Provodnikov and claimed to have balance issues in the aftermath of that encounter.
Seeing his charge dive back into a full-fledged workout routine in early August inside of the Indio Boys and Girls Club in Southern California, trainer Joel Diaz could tell instantly that Bradley was far from his peak form.