It seems Tim Bradley feels a change is in order for his upcoming bout with Brandon Rios, and that change is a big one. On his instagram, the top pound-for-pound boxer revealed that he has parted ways with longtime trainer Joel Diaz to work with Teddy Atlas, student of Cus D'Amato and (in)famous ESPN boxing commentator.
After stepping away from amateur boxing due to a back injury (something common with D'Amato trained fighters) Atlas moved into an apprentice role, eventually moving on to train boxers himself. Notably, Atlas has worked with heavyweights Michael Moorer and Alexander Povetkin, as well as a brief stint with the great Wilfred Benitez. In 1994 Atlas was given the Boxing Writers Association of America's Futch-Condon Trainer of the Year Award.
Also, he once threatened a young and incorrigible Mike Tyson with a gun, so if Bradley's looking for motivation . . . there's that.
In another Instagram post, Bradley insisted that he and Diaz are parting ways amicably and with the utmost respect.
I would like to take the time to clarify the conflicting media publications. First of all I am a man that would never disrespect any other man whom I've worked with for 10 years. I know this decision came as a shock to many that I would be making changes to my team, but with that being said I want everyone to know that I took the time to meet with Joel Diaz in person to directly communicate with him that I would be making a change. The message that Joel is referring to was a voice message that I left for him after we spoke in person to reconfirm to him that my decision was made. Joel chose not to answer my call. I thank Joel Diaz for his time and efforts and know that he and I have accomplished great things together. I wish him nothing but success and blessings for him, his family and team.
Bradley is scheduled to fight Brandon Rios on November 7th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.