After two delays World Boxing Association lightweight champion Liv
RENO, Nev. (AP) _ After two delays World Boxing Association lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble and challenger Tyrone Crawley agree they’re ready to fight.
″I’m prepared for this fight. I am ready from the soul,″ Bramble told a news conference.
Bramble said he may have been over-trained for the fight that was called off in November after Crawley injured his hand. But he said he is ready for this one and wishes it were this weekend instead of Feb. 16.
Crawley, whose injuries have caused both postponements, said he is 100 percent prepared for the fight, both mentally and physically.
Bramble predicted the scheduled 15-round fight would not go past the seventh round. ″If it goes two seconds into the eighth round, I’ll bite him, if I have to,″ he said.
Crawley answered that he was willing to bet Bramble would not stop him by the eighth round. He predicted he would take the title back to Philadelphia with him, calling the champion ″a joke.″
Bramble replied that he had wanted to fight Crawley before his title rematch with former lightweight champion Ray ″Boom-Boom″ Mancini here last February.
″I thought he was nothing then and I think he’s nothing now,″ Bramble said.
The Bramble-Crawley match will take place one year to the day after Bramble defended his championship here by stopping Mancini in the 14th round following a brutal beating of the former champ.
Bramble, 23-1-1 with 14 knockouts, has not fought since then, but said he had spent the past year working out and preparing for the fight with Crawley.
Crawley, 19-1 with six knockouts, fought last on June 5, when he beat Charlie ″Choo-Choo″ Brown for the U.S. Boxing Association lightweight championship in Atlantic City.
The two originally were scheduled to fight Oct. 12, then were rescheduled to meet here Nov. 23 before Crawley hurt his hand.
The fight will be held at the MGM Grand and telecast by NBC-TV with the Reno area blacked out.