Timothy Bradley vs. Nate Campbell
2009-08-01 : Timothy Bradley 139 lbs fought without result Nate Campbell 138½ lbs by NC at 3:00 in round 3 of 12
- Location: Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California, USA
- Referee: David Mendoza
- Judge: Max DeLuca 30-27
- Judge: Marty Denkin 30-27
- Judge: James Jen-Kin 30-27
- World Boxing Organization Light Welterweight Title (1st defense of Bradley)
- Aired On: Showtime Championship Boxing (Main Event)
- Timothy Bradley 24-0 (11 KOs) vs. Nate Campbell 33-5-1 (25 KOs)
- Bradley entered as the # 2 junior welterweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Campbell, a 2.2/1 underdog, was unranked by the same publication.
Bradley rode the energy of his hometown crowd in a dynamic three-round performance, although television replays showed conclusively an accidental headbutt opening a cut over Campbell's left eye early in the third. Campbell vehemently argued his cut was caused by Bradley's head, which would have made the bout a no-contest. Referee David Mendoza disagreed and upon the doctor's stoppage awarded a TKO to Bradley, who made his first defense of the light welterweight belt he claimed from Kendall Holt in April. On August 24th, however, it was announced that the CSAC had overruled the referee's decision and determined the bout a no contest.
- "I was just doing my job. (The injury) didn't matter anyway. He was getting older and older through the fight. I was beating him easily." - Timothy Bradley
- "They were both butting each other all night. The last one was a headbutt, but the blood came after the punch, not from the headbutt. That's what I saw last: The punch, then the blood." - Referee David Mendoza
- "A cut like this comes from a headbutt. That was no punch. The California commission is wrong. This is just wrong. You can see it on television. How can they deem it a TKO? All they have to do is watch and see that it was a headbutt. This is not right." - Nate Campbell