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Promoters: Bradley bout to be ruled no-contest

Promoters: Bradley bout to be ruled no-contest

Timothy Bradley's victory over Nate Campbell on Aug. 1 will be changed to an official no-contest by the California State Athletic Commission, promoters for both fighters said Monday.
The commission held a meeting to determine whether an accidental clash of heads led to a deep cut above Campbell's left eye, stopping the junior welterweight fight for Bradley's WBO title after three rounds. Bradley was awarded a technical knockout victory by referee David Mendoza, who said the cut came from a punch.
Although the commission hasn't yet formally announced its ruling, Campbell promoter Don King hailed the commission's decision to rule the bout a no-contest, removing a sixth loss from Campbell's record and denying the undefeated Bradley his 25th win. Bradley promoter Alex Camponovo also said the decision will be changed.
"The fairest outcome of all is the one they chose, where neither fighter's record is blemished from a match that was halted early due to an accidental clash of heads," King said.
A fight that must be stopped because of an accidental head-butt before four rounds are completed is a no-contest, according to California's rules.
"(Campbell) found a loophole, and that's OK, more power to him," Camponovo told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Hungary. "That's why he's a veteran of the game, and he's going to find any possible loophole."
Bradley keeps his belt and his purse, but the champion undoubtedly will be frustrated. The Palm Springs-area native dominated the fight just outside his hometown at the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, battering Campbell while winning each round on every judge's scorecard.
The 37-year-old Campbell claimed he was robbed after the fight was stopped, saying he couldn't see well enough to fight after the head-butt.
Several representatives from the state commission didn't return numerous phone calls and e-mails from the AP on Monday. The commission was scheduled to review slow-motion replays of the fight, which appeared to show a significant head-butt at the point where Campbell's cut opened.
"I don't know about how they'll spin it, but I can't blame them for it," said Camponovo, who is attending the WBO convention in Budapest. "If we had the same situation and it was against us, and Timothy was cut, and it was due to a head butt, I would go after the commission and try to overturn it."
Campbell's camp already has made noise about a rematch with Bradley, but Camponovo suggested Campbell shouldn't wait by the phone after the fighters' largely one-sided first bout.
"I'm sure they're trying to say they want to have a rematch, but I don't see the benefit in giving him another nice payday," Camponovo said. "To me, he quit, and it was pretty obvious. As far as spinning it into a possible rematch, I don't see that at all, but if any network would like to pay for it, we'll sit down and figure it out."
Camponovo said Bradley's next fight is more likely to be a mandatory title defense against Lamont Peterson, the WBO interim champion. Bradley also hopes to become an attractive opponent for Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton or Devon Alexander, who won the WBC title on the undercard in Rancho Mirage.


Updated : 2021-05-07 09:57 GMT+08:00