Bradley open to stepping up

The 31-year-old American is a former light-welterweight and welterweight world champion but having beaten Jessie Vargas in controversial circumstances on June 27 to take the interim WBO welterweight crown, is considering big-money fights in higher divisions.

In 2014, Bradley opened up the possibility of facing WBC middleweight champion Cotto at 154.5lbs only to see the plans fall through when the Puerto Rican changed promoters but now, with Cotto lining up ‘Canelo’ for a super-fight later this year, Bradley may be lying in wait.

Bradley (32-1-1-KO12) said in an interview reported on “I have no problem at all [going up to 154]. At 154, I’ll be even stronger. Anything is possible. I can go to 154 or I can stay at 147.

“Anything is possible and I will fight anybody. I would love to see how good I can be.

“I want to fight the best fighters available. 154 is a feasible weight for me. I walk around at 165, 170, 175. I can even get to 185. Look at my pops and how big he is!

“I can go up and bring my skill. I can do it anytime they want to do it. I’m willing to face the best but all of these guys have to be willing to fight me.”

Bradley’s only career defeat came in April 2014 when he lost a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao, who he had beaten via split decision two years previously.