Timothy Bradley signs with Cameron Dunkin; could he leave Shaw next?

Timothy Bradley has signed a managerial deal with Cameron Dunkin, who has bad blood with Bradley's promoter Gary Shaw. Could Bradley be planning a move away from Shaw? (Photo via www.topclassboxing.co.uk)

Junior welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley -- who recently got into a near-streetfight with rival Nate Campbell and was trashed on The Boxing Truth radio by Randall Bailey -- has signed a managerial deal with Cameron Dunkin, who also manages the likes of Kelly Pavlik, Nonito Donaire and Steven Luevano.

The most interesting thing, as Rick Reeno says in the link, is that Dunkin and Bradley's promoter Gary Shaw aren't exactly fishing buddies. Shaw blames Dunkin for both Donaire and James Kirkland leaving his stable of fighters to sign with Top Rank and Golden Boy, respectively, and Dunkin says that Shaw had told both fighters to dump him as manager.

It opens up an obvious question: Could Tim Bradley be planning a move away from Shaw? As noted a promoter as Gary is, he and every other promoter have found it highly difficult to keep up with America's "big two" boxing promotional firms. Golden Boy and HBO are often considered to be "in bed together," with Golden Boy getting a disproportionate number of dates on the network. Shaw has worked extensively with Showtime with fighters like Vic Darchinyan and now Bradley, but he just doesn't get the same exposure, and there's no arguing that. Promoters like Don King, Lou DiBella and more struggle with the same disadvantage.

If Bradley were to consider the desire for more money, bigger exposure, it wouldn't be shocking to see him break ties with Gary Shaw. It'd be kind of a shame, but I think we're really inching closer and closer to Golden Boy and Top Rank totally ruling the upper levels of American boxing. And I don't know if that's good or bad for boxing.

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