Trainer Joel Diaz ponders Tim Bradley’s future and reveals which fighters may be next for ‘Desert Storm’

Tim Bradley and Diego Chaves following their match in Las Vegas last month (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Following his 12-round split-draw with Argentina’s Diego Chaves on Dec. 13, former two-division titlist Tim Bradley still stands as one of the game’s most talented and marketable attractions heading into the New Year.

After all, the Chaves fight was widely-viewed as a Bradley victory despite the officials scorecards reading otherwise. Speaking with Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz, he didn’t seem to set back with the official verdict.

“The judges gave it a draw but I don’t think it was,” Diaz explained to me recently. “It is what it is. Boxing brings a lot of surprises every day. I talked to [Tim] about it. People saw who won.”

Bradley now carries a 31-1-1 record with 12 knockouts into the ring and he should be able to land some meaningful fights this year. But for Diaz, he is a bit in the dark on who may be next.

“For Tim, it’s never who we want,” Diaz said. “It’s who they give us. We’re on the sidelines just waiting to see who’s out there.”

Bradley is promoted by Top Rank and Diaz revealed that the Palm Springs fighters’ wife Monica recently put together a list of viable options moving forward.

“The list said [IBF welterweight champion] Kell Brook. At 154, [IBF junior middleweight champion] ‘K-9’ Bundrage, and another one said maybe a [Juan Manuel] Marquez,” Diaz explained.

“At the end of the day, we don’t know,” the trainer and former title challenger added.

*** Please check below for the FULL interview with Diaz, including his breakdown of Kell Brook and bonus thoughts…

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