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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Bradley-Matthysse sparring session

By Dan Rafael

Well here's one way around the Top Rank-Golden Boy cold war: Although the promoters' fighters aren't going to fight each other for real any time soon, welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr., who is with Top Rank, and interim junior welterweight titlist Lucas Matthysse, who is with Golden Boy, went at it Monday in a sparring session at the Indio Boys and Girls Club in Indio, Calif., according to Bradley's hometown newspaper, The Desert Sun of Palm Springs.

Bradley was in his first sparring session in preparation for his Oct. 12 title defense against Juan Manuel Marquez, while Matthysse -- who has relocated his training camp from Argentina to Southern California -- is in the final stages of his training for a fight with unified junior welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia on Sept. 14.

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