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Tim Bradley splits with longtime trainer Joel Diaz

Tim Bradley shocks many as he decided to go in another direction and part ways with the trainer he turned pro with.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

WBO welterweight titlist Tim Bradley has just confirmed his decision to part ways with longtime trainer Joel Diaz. The two have been a long fixture as a team, with Diaz being part of Bradley's team since he turned professional back in 2004. Bradley and Diaz went on to win a few world titles together at both junior welterweight and welterweight, but Bradley is said to be looking for a change.

"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.

"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."

Rumors have it that Bradley has already tried out several new coaches, and though no official replacement has been named, Teddy Atlas is said to be the leading candidate.

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