At the age of 32, Timothy is an 11-year pro. A former two-time WBO welterweight world champion, he won the title for the first time in June, 2012, made two successful defenses, and lost the title in April, 2014. He won the “interim” version in June, 2015, and was elevated to “world” champion when the world title was vacated.
He is also a former two-time WBC super lightweight world champion and former WBO junior welterweight world champion. He won the WBC title in May, 2008, made one successful defense, then unified the WBO title in April, 2009. He was stripped of the WBC title for not making his mandatory defense, but made two WBO defenses, then unified the WBC title in a third WBO defense. He was again stripped of the WBC title for inactivity, made one more WBO defense, then moved up in weight.
Timothy has been fighting at the elite level of competition for several years. 13 of his last 16 fights have been against world champions and include wins against future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.
In his last fight on April 9 in Las Vegas, he lost a 12-round unanimous decision in his third fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Timothy gave a strong effort and had several rallies – he won the second and third rounds on two scorecards, swept the eighth round on all three, and won the 11th round on two scorecards – but Pacquiao won by scores of 116-110 on all three scorecards.
After the fight, Timothy said, “Manny was very strong in there. Very heavy punches. He was also very patient. I wasn’t professional enough to stay patient myself, and I walked into shots.
“Yeah, he caught me good on that one. He’s just very quick and very explosive. Great reflexes, and it is hard to defend. Congrats to Manny.”
Timothy is experienced against top opposition and has fought world champions Manny Pacquiao two times (W12, L12, W12), Brandon Rios (TKO9), Jessie Vargas (W12), Juan Manuel Marquez (W12), Ruslan Provodnikov (W12), Joel Casamayor (TKO8), and Devon Alexander (W12), all in consecutive fights, and Lamont Peterson (W12), Nate Campbell (NC3), and Kendall Holt (W12) in earlier consecutive fights, as well as Junior Witter (W12), and Miguel Vazquez (W10).
Timothy was also an amateur standout. He was eliminated in his first fight at the 2004 Western Olympic Trials, but became the first member of the Class of ‘04 to win a world title on May 10, 2008. 11 months later, he also became the first to win two world titles.
Regarding his nickname, Timothy said, “I just wanted a name that would stick. I’m from the desert down here in Palm Springs. I was listening to a rapper named Fabolous and in the background, I heard, ‘Desert Storm,” and I was like, ‘Man, that sounds good.’ The war was going on and I was like, ‘That would be perfect.’ I wasn’t in the military, but mentally and the way I train, I train like I was in the military – a lot of discipline.”