Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov WBO welterweight World title and the Boxing Writers Association of America 2013 fight of the year DUAL SIGNED Everlast glove, 16th March 2013, Home Depot Center, Carson, California.
Bradley W unanimous decision
Timothy Bradley came into the fight with something to prove, and for two rounds it appeared it would cost him dearly.
A boxer, Bradley is not known to be a one-punch-knock-out fighter, but opted to stand toe-to-toe with challenger Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1) for the first six minutes and was in danger of being stopped. The champion, who was staggered numerous times during the fight and was forced to take a knee in the final seconds of round twelve, did enough in the judges' eyes, however, to maintain his WBO welterweight title and push his record to 30-0. The fight, a credit to the sport, was well summed up by promoter Bob Arum who acknowledged "Tonight there's no losers."
A straight right hand badly staggered Bradley in the opening round and seconds later he fell forward and went down from what was ruled to be a slip. Much of the same continued in round two with Bradley being caught again and, by the end of the round, the champion was backed against the ropes taking heavy punishment.
Apparently this was enough to get Bradley to listen to his corner who implored him to stop trading punches and instead utilize his quality boxing skills. Over the next three rounds, the champion moved, worked nicely with a jab, and threw punches in flurries to gain rounds.
Bradley maintained his momentum into the sixth round, until a shot from Provodnikov wobbled him in the final minute. For the final thirty seconds, the two men exchanged incessantly with no concern for defence.
Rounds seven through ten were strong ones for Timothy Bradley. In the eighth, a cut opened under Provodnikov's left eye from an accumulation of punches and in the ninth, Bradley's strongest, a slit opened to the eyelid of the same eye. The champion continued to pour it on in the tenth as it appeared Ruslan may be starting to fade. By the end of the round, Provodnikov's left eye was swollen and looking as though it could potentially bring a halt to the bout. Prior to the start of the eleventh, trainer Freddie Roach told his fight that if he didn't show him something, he would stop the fight.
The challenger opened the eleventh with renewed energy and looked to be going for the knock-out. Each man threw wide, power punches in the round with both landing.
In the final round, Bradley came out looking to box his way to a win, before a landed power punch from the challenger again drew him into an exchange. A right hand sent Bradley stumbling, and an accumulation, while backed into a corner, caused him to take a knee at 2:49 for a count of seven. The bell rang to end the fight before the two men could exchange any further.
* Timothy Bradley 29-0 (12 KOs) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov 22-1 (15 KOs)
* Bradley entered as the #7 welterweight contender and #9 pound-for-pound fighter in the World according to The Ring Magazine. Provodnikov, a 5.5-to-1 betting underdog, was unranked by the same publication at welterweight (but ranked #10 at jr. welterweight).
* It was the first fight for Bradley following his controversial June 2012 win over Manny Pacquiao. In the match, Bradley suffered ligament damage to both feet and spent some time in a wheelchair while recovering. Bradley claimed his weight reached 185 pounds after his fight with Pacquaio and he was forced to lose nearly forty pounds in preparation for this bout.
* ESPN's Dan Rafael scored it 114-112 in favour of Bradley. HBO's Harold Lederman had it 115-112 for Bradley.
* "I wanted to get inside and try to smother his shots. He showed me right away that he is a very strong kid. Ruslan will be a champion. He was the first opponent that really rocked me." - Timothy Bradley in the post-fight interview.
* "I believe in myself. I felt like he was knocked down in the first round. I proved everything I had to prove tonight." - Ruslan Provodnikov through a translator
* "Tim has the World next. Let's be honest. Tonight there's no losers. This guy Provodnikov will be back." - Bob Arum
* "To quote my pal Larry Merchant from Gatti-Ward I: I am humbled by what I am seeing." - Dan Rafael
* "Great fight. I think BOTH of their stocks just went up. Bradley has a great chin and ability to recover. Most would have been KO'd." - Lennox Lewis
* "Great blood and guts HBO boxing main event. I have it a draw, but could be Bradley UD." - Lou DiBella
* "It was a great fight. Both guys fought a great fight, a very close fight. I thought we had the edge, but, you know, that's the way things go. I thought Bradley fought a great fight also, so I have nothing bad to say about either guy...was one of the best fights I've ever seen." - Freddie Roach, Provodnikov's trainer.
Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov - 2013 Fight Of The Year
Timothy Ray "Tim" Bradley, Jr. (born August 29, 1983) is an undefeated American. Born in Cathedral City, California, and training out of Indio, California, Bradley is the current WBO welterweight champion and former WBO and two-time WBC junior welterweight champion. Bradley is trained by former title contender Joel Díaz.
Timothy Bradley, Jr. was born in Cathedral City, California on August 29, 1983, and grew up in Palm Springs, California. Prior to becoming a professional boxer, Bradley worked as a dishwasher and as a waiter. He married his high school friend, Monica Manzo, in 2006 and became an adoptive father to Manzo's two children. Bradley, before fights adheres to a strict diet and goes vegan.
Light-welterweight Bradley had his first professional bout on the 20th of August 2004, knocking out Francisco Martinez in the second round. In his rise through the ranks, he won the WBC youth World welterweight and super lightweight crowns. He also beat future IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez by a unanimous ten round decision.
Bradley vs Witter
Bradley finally got his chance for a full World title when José Luis Castillo failed to make weight in a title eliminator for the WBC super lightweight belt. He then won the WBC super lightweight title by defeating British fighter Junior Witter in England. Bradley's bank account was down to $11 when he made the decision to go to England to fight Junior Witter.
Bradley came into the fight a 6–1 underdog against Witter.
During the fight, Bradley controlled most of the action, and dropped Witter in his corner during the 6th round. Though the fight was scored a close split decision for Bradley, most observers and analysts thought Bradley should have won the comfortable unanimous decision.
Bradley vs Holt
On 4 April 2009, Bradley fought Kendall Holt to unify his WBC and Holt's WBO titles. Bradley was dropped in the first round by a huge left hook and was badly hurt but regrouped and outboxed Holt for most of the fight, before being sent to the canvas again in the 12th round. Nonetheless, Bradley got up and finished the fight. He won the fight by unanimous decision and became the new WBO champion.
Several days after his unification bout with Holt, Bradley was stripped of his WBC junior welterweight title, because of failure to fight Devon Alexander, his mandatory challenger. As a result, the title became vacant and Alexander stopped Witter at the end of eight rounds to win the belt. The Alexander-Witter fight was on the undercard of Bradley's August 1 fight with Nate Campbell in Bradley's hometown of Palm Springs. Campbell, a former lightweight champion, was coming up in weight after he failed to make the lightweight limit in his last fight.
Bradley's fight with Campbell only lasted three rounds after Campbell chose not to continue when a cut formed over and behind his left eye. Bradley was awarded the TKO victory, but the verdict was later changed. A replay showed that the cut was caused by an accidental clash of heads. The rules state that if a fight is stopped by a cut caused by an accidental headbutt before the end of round four, it should be called a no contest. The California State Athletic Commission therefore changed the result.
Bradley vs Peterson
On December 5, Bradley took on mandatory challenger and future light-welterweight champion, Lamont Peterson. Bradley dominated the fight, knocking Peterson down in the third round and went on to win a lopsided unanimous decision.
In his HBO Debut, Bradley was scheduled to face Luis Abregu in a non title bout at welterweight. However, Bradley's promoter told ESPN.com that he had made a deal with Golden Boy Promotions to fight Interim title holder and knockout artist Marcos Maidana at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, only a few miles from Bradley's hometown of Palm Springs. The fight was scheduled to take place on June 19, but due to a back injury to Marcos Maidana the fight was postponed. So he went back to his original plan to move up in weight and the fight with Abregu was back on for July 17 at the Agua Caliente Casino. Although clearly out-sized, Bradley proved too quick and too skilled for the hard-hitting Abregu winning by unanimous decision, with the judges' scorecards reading 119–111, 118–112 and 117–113. At the end of the fight, Bradley openly made a challenge to pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, calling for him to "Come break down this wall." Bradley also called out Devon Alexander, Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana.
Return To Light Welterweight
Bradley vs Alexander
On January 29, 2011, Timothy Bradley defended his WBO junior welterweight title in a unification fight against fellow light welterweight title holder, WBC champion Devon Alexander, at the Silverdome Arena in Detroit. Bradley won via 10th round technical decision.
As stipulated in the contract of the fight against Devon Alexander, Bradley would be given a $1.3 million payday regardless of whomever he selected as his opponent for his next fight. While the public wanted Bradley to fight WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan and unify the division, Bradley opted to not take the fight.
Stripped of WBC Title Timothy Bradley was stripped of his title as he refused to fight World Boxing Association light-welterweight champion Amir Khan. Many have speculated that Bradley was not satisfied with the $1.3 million to fight a boxer of Khan's caliber, although this was Bradley highest pay day in his entire career so far. Also, he had admitted that it was too risky to fight Amir Khan, asking rhetorically on the American radio show Leave It In The Ring, "What if I lose then I am out the sweepstake to fight pound-for-pound-king Manny Pacquiao for 7.5 million dollars?"
Bradley's refusal to take the fight led to a falling out between him and his promoter Gary Shaw. Subsequently he was stripped of the WBC title due to inactivity.
Joins Top Rank
Timothy Bradley joined Top Rank and made his debut with them November 2011 when he defeated Joel Casamayor on the under card of Marquez-Pacquiao III.
On November 12, 2011, Bradley defended his WBO junior welterweight title against former lightweight titlist Joel Casamayor, 40, on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III. Bradley won by TKO in the eighth round in making his case for a shot at Pacquiao.
Return to Welterweight
Bradley vs Pacquiao
Bradley fought Manny Pacquiao on June 9, 2012 for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title. Bradley scored a controversial victory over Pacquiao by way of split decision, with two of the judges scoring it 115–113 to Bradley and the other 115–113 to Pacquiao. The decision ended Pacquiao's 7-year undefeated streak and gave Bradley the title. According to Compubox, Pacquiao was ahead in punches landed, power punches landed, percentage of punches landed, and percentage of power punches landed. As a result of the controversial scoring, a special five-judge panel was created by World Boxing WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel to review the fight.
All five judges of the panel reviewed a video of the bout and all scored it in favor of Manny Pacquiao. Two judges scored it 117–111, while the other three scored it 118–110, 116–112 and 115–113. Despite the panel's findings, WBO rules do not allow the decision to be overturned. The most the boxing body can do, according to Valcarcel, is to order a rematch.
Bradley vs Provodnikov
On March 16, 2013, Bradley defeated Ruslan Provodnikov via unanimous decision to retain the WBO Welterweight title at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Bradley vs Marquez
Bradley's next bout is scheduled for October 12, 2013, defending his WBO welterweight title against Ring #3 ranked pound for pound, Ring #5 ranked junior lightweight and former WBO junior welterweight champion Juan Manuel Márquez at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley II (billed as "Vindication") WBO welterweight championship. The bout was held on April 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision and took the WBO Welterweight title, ending Bradley's undefeated streak.