According to a report in the UK publication The People, Junior Witter (36-1, 21KOs) will defend his WBC junior welterweight title against mandatory contender Timothy Bradley (21-0, 11KOs) on May 10. The fight will likely take place in the United States. No venue has been set.
In the last few weeks, both Witter and Bradley have lost their respective opponents and have chosen to fight sooner than expected. Witter lost an HBO televised date with Demetrius Hopkins after Hopkins dropped out due to promotional issues with Golden Boy Promotions.
Bradley was ready to fight Jose Luis Castillo in a WBC final eliminator on March 8. Castillo was unable to make weight and Bradley was installed as the mandatory by the sanctioning body.
"Bradley was due to fight Castillo in a final title eliminator but that was cancelled due to him not making the weight yet again, so we decided to take the fight now. Bradley is a tricky opponent for Junior, but it is a fight he is happy to take," Dominic Ingle, Witter's trainer, said.
"The WBC wanted Junior to fight Bradley in September, but as there are no other credible opponents around, Junior wants to take it as early as possible so he can work towards unifying the division. We hope to line up a fight with IBF champion Ricardo Torres later in the year and, once Junior has the two titles, see where that takes him from there. But he is hungry to unify the division as quickly as possible."
I guess Witter's earned a soft touch until somebody offers him a big money fight.