Timothy Bradley and Nate Campbell nearly came to blows after the California hearing that overturned Bradley's TKO win on August 1. (Photo credit Tom Casino / Showtime, via www.donking.com)
As we discussed earlier, Timothy Bradley's August 1 win over Nate Campbell was rightly changed to a no-contest. The story, however, didn't end there.
Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com reports that Bradley and Campbell almost engaged in a streetfight rematch after the hearing, with the two exchanging heated words and being separated by Bradley's father, as well as Campbell's attorney Josh Dubin and manager Terry Trekas.
Bradley was walking about ten feet ahed of Campbell when -- according to witnesses -- he turned around and began to tell Campbell, "You got away with quitting, you got away with quitting." At that point, both fighters exchanged some heavy language, which led to Campbell taking off his jacket and walking over to Bradley to settle the dispute with their fists.
Bradley's father jumped in front of his son before the scene would get violent. Trekas and Dubin tried to calm Campbell down, who was in the zone.
"You're a punk ass bitch hiding behind your daddy. Just let him go, he's grown, just let him come out here. You're going to see me again. You might see me in the ring or you might see me on a sidewalk like this, but you will see [me]," Campbell was alleged to have said.
The two were eventually calmed by a member of the California State Athletic Commission, who reminded them that they are "both licensees," indicating that something like this could have led to a possible suspension of one or both men.
Part of me considers the idea that this could be a stage show to drum up interest in a rematch, but Campbell -- while down to earth and cool -- has been hot-headed in the past. When Juan Diaz ridiculously accused Campbell of using steroids after their 2008 fight, Campbell offered to travel to Houston and "beat his fat ass for free." It's not surprising that Campbell would react this way to someone telling him he quit and got lucky to have the decision overturned.
But either way, it's an interesting story. I'd have to guess that Don King and Gary Shaw will use this and try to make a rematch, intentional or not.