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That could very well be the shot that broke Bradley’s jaw and have him the concussion.

Posted March 21, 2013 9:35 pm 


Gold – apologies man I thaught the real Duran made that comment not this small minded lunatic from ESB. Bet you Roberto would be the first to punch out his eye socket for talking dirt on his name.

Posted March 21, 2013 8:30 am 


Bradley is fast and have a solid chin that’s it that’s all…feel sorry for him carrying the WBO championship belt…everybody knows including him that Pacquioa beat him pretty bad…he is a great pretender…

Posted March 19, 2013 10:19 pm 


Duran was bitter and angry in those days. He’s a much wiser man today. Hopefully you will get there one day.

Posted March 19, 2013 6:02 pm 


He was overrated then uderrated then overrated again.Happens to alot of fighters a roller coaster ride which shifts with fights.

Posted March 19, 2013 4:19 pm 


I was surprised that Bradley employed such stupid tactics which almost got him KTFO. The dude is a beast and should be top 5 on the WW rankings.
It was obvious that he’s been negatively affected by the turmoil since the Pacquiao fight. I hope he’ll fight smarter next time around and hopefully he’ll get the big money fights against Floyd and Manny down the line.

Posted March 19, 2013 2:41 pm 


Hard to believe someone indicating Bradley is not a world-class fighter…this guy is probably not a Bradley fan or doesn’t know what his talking about. He’s a world champion who’s still undefeated and who dominated the 140 pound division. Also, as many already mentioned, he has beaten some good boxers.

Now, according to DJ, since he almost got KO by Provodnikov, he can’t take a punch! I just don’t see the rational…a fighter was hit by some extremely hard punches and does well enough to win the fight, but can’t take a punch. What kind of crap is that? Also, according to DJ, the fact that he was wobbled by Pac on some rounds is also proof that he can’t take a punch. Well, Marquez was wobbled by Pac on some rounds…does that mean that Marquez can’t take a punch.

Some people post the dumbest things just for the sake of posting.

I do believe Bradley’s camp is currently in turmoil. I also believe that his promoter has a lot of blame to take for his current situation. He needs a few fight not-so-tough fights to gain back his confidence and put behind the public negative opinions concerning his fights against Pac and Provodnikov. Also, I think he should head back to the 140 division…he should be able to without much difficulty. But if he stays at 147, he needs to change tactics and fight smarter.

Posted March 19, 2013 2:30 pm 


Roy lifted weights to reach 193lbs against Ruiz, he lifted enough to move fluidly against an immobile target, he had that option of not having to reach 200 to not lose his fluidity! Calz relied on what he had, which was a good “engine” that provided TONS of endurance!! Mayweather even fought lighter against Oscar, in an attempt to be comfortable as possible, EVEN with the heavyweight gloves that Oscar insisted on! Bradley has the goods and the PASSION that was evident on fight night; I’m just not sure if he’s the same after that beating. I believe he should gradually & naturally become a 147lber, not necessarily work @ it! Later SHOULD be greater – not force it!

Posted March 19, 2013 1:45 pm 


yeah, he is world class, what i mean’t was solidify his standing among the doubters. real boxing fans and experts all know he is world class. it’s the stats hounds and biased fans that doubt a fighters class when he has a bad day….provodnikov is a risky fight for anyone because he can take it and dish it out…it will take a hard boxer puncher to put him in check…

Posted March 19, 2013 1:36 pm 


The DEVIL Duran needs to go in solitary confinement with just him and his DEVIL thoughts as he lives out his PEDANTIC, STAID, DRY – EVIL lifestyle!! You want to SPREAD your HATE in an attempt to FEEL relevant??….why dont you get HELP instead, you can become productive – you MIXED BAG of HATE!! I hope you don’t purchase a gun, cuz youre borderline NUTS….get help dude!! Your thinking is from the DEPTHS of HELL!!! just like your boy TRAVELER…btw, ARE you TRAVELER!???

Posted March 19, 2013 1:32 pm 


His place as a World Class fighter has been solidified for awhile, a bad night with a fighter where he had to dig deep and WON does not relegate him to a club fighter or prospect thats the epitome of NUTS….

Posted March 19, 2013 1:28 pm 


his lack of real power is the only thing that hurts his resume other wise he is a world class fighter and has proven it many times, maybe a rematch with Pac can solidify his place as world class

Posted March 19, 2013 1:25 pm 


I gotta be blunt some of you guys are beyond dumb, the notion that Bradley is NOT a world class fighter is beyond crazy… He is a former unified World Champion at 140 pounds and he was just in with Manny Pacquiao…. He looked terrible against Prov, but that does NOT mean he is NOT a World Class fighter or that Prov has proved that he is…. Lets see Ruslan ACTUALLY book a win against a World Class fighter and then we can discuss who is who…. Bradley was a former P4P entrant, that might have been too lofty but saying he is NOT World Class is simply a JOKE…

Posted March 19, 2013 1:21 pm 

Mike J

Bradley has heart, toughness, will to win, and skills. When he fought how his trainer was begging him to, he clearly outboxed Ruslan. What bradley lacks is boxing iq, he’s TOO tough for his own good.

Posted March 19, 2013 12:25 pm 


Bradley is a VERY good fighter, but it seems the adrenalin rush he receives from lifting weights overwhelms the more traditional boxers workout! He says he cant make 140 any more? I think he can – if he changes his workout, or should I say training! I dont think he’ll ever hit hard, although i think he can KO an opponent if he breaks them down – which he’s already accomplished! Bradley seemed to never tire @ 140 – he even had a Calzaghe type engine @ 1 point in his career, an engine that looked superb & impressive coming from the shorter version of this weight class!! He threw impressive combos that befuddled opponents and he still kept coming! He has the EXCEPTIONAL mind state for boxing, unfortunately the exceptional stiff body builder frame for Mr. Olympia @ 147!!

Posted March 19, 2013 12:14 pm 


Bradley is not a world class fighter. He’s in terrific shape and he has some boxing skills but who has be beat?. He’d didn’t beat Pacman no matter what anyone says. That fight was gifted to him the way some people think Pacmans first 3 fights against JMM were gifted to him. Bradley has no chin at all, he gets hurt easily and you really need to be able to absorb at least some heavy shots if you are a world class fighter. Pac hurt him and had him wobbled and the fight from the other night showed the same thing. If he fights Pac again and Pac decides to train properly and come into the fight with his head in the game not like his last few fights, it won’t even go 4 rounds. And forget it if he thinks he has a shot against Mayweather, he will be destroyed by him.

Posted March 19, 2013 10:58 am 


I believe a better question should be whether or not Pac is as good as we think he is. Though many believe that Bradley lost to Pac, it was in fact a very closed fight and Pac couldn’t hurt Bradley as Provodnikov did. Just the fact that the Pac-Bradley rematch didn’t take place show the respect the Pac camp felt for Bradley.

As for Bradley, the question should be whether or not he should be fighting at 147. There’s not question about his skills at 140 – and yes at 140 he was as good as we thought he was. Not a lot of punching power, but he was fast and strong enough to beat just about everyone on that division. However, moving up in weight is a different story and he may not be able to man-handle the heavier guys…maybe he should go back to 140.

Now against Provodnikov he had three main things going against him; fighting an unknown fighter, too much confident on beating someone with lower credentials than him and the situation he found himself in after getting the win against Pac. Though he insisted he was over the criticism he received from boxing fans and the media for not admitting to losing to Pac, I don’t believe that is the case…he also waited too long to get another fight after beating Pac.

I’m not sure if a rematch against Provodnikov will turn out the same, but though his camp knew about this guy’s power, they took him lightly. That type of mistake can spell trouble for any fighter. I believe Bradley took Provodnikov likely and was unable to recover after feeling his power. That’s what I believe it happened…for the most part though, because I’m sure Provodnikov has something to do with that as well.

He needs one or two easy fights to get his confidence back and get his mind back in the right place. If he gets another tough fight and loses…or almost win…his career may be in jeopardy.

Posted March 19, 2013 10:45 am 


“Too well taught and disciplined for todays fighters” I agree, Mayweather has been drowning in boxing since he was in the womb, his uncles, and father all were in the professional ranks and fought guys like Leonard and Chavez…Its no accident that the Manning family produced 2 SuperBowl QB’s Peyton being perhaps the best to ever throw a football….

Posted March 19, 2013 10:20 am 


Marquez was basically avoided by other mexican fighters when in his prime, he persevered and did very well for himself, he was however a great fighter as a feather and jlwt….being the great fighter that he is he was able to be competetive in lwt also but he was just too small for any weight higher than that, although he still showed great courage and determination above lwt….mayweather was just too long and big for him, besides being a great fighter himself…..mayweather is an old school fighter in a modern day scenario…just too well taught and disciplined for the fighters of today….marquez will go down as an atg, but he will not be a factor in the wwt picture….props to him for a great career

Posted March 19, 2013 9:38 am 


Marquez is going to go down as one of the GREATEST fighters ever he was ONLY ever manhandled by one man in the ring Floyd Mayweather who really showed the gap in class between the absolute BEST and a great fighter…. Marquez battled Pacquiao inconclusively for 3 fights then slaughtered him in the 4th….. JMM is a living legend, one of the BEST technicians I have EVER seen and a TRUE Mexican Warrior who NEVER quits….All that said he could have been training with Hannibal, Ghengis Khan, Napolean, Angelo Dundee, Manny Steward (RIP) and Hercules, he would NEVER win more than 2 rounds off Floyd Mayweather…

Posted March 19, 2013 9:25 am 


“Anyone notice how Marquez has vanished, and if you’ve seen him lately, he looks nothing like the Silver Back Gorilla he was in the Pacquiao fight.” Just curious Hecdog, if Marquez “vanished” when and where did you see him in person to make the assessment about his appearance?

Posted March 19, 2013 9:05 am 

Red Ryan

Bradleys status went throught the roof after this fight, he really showed how tough he is as well as amazing skills and heart. It will take someone really special to beat Desert storm……

Posted March 19, 2013 6:21 am 


“The Ring has Bradley at #9 P4P and I think that’s pretty accurate. He’s in the 9-10 range.” LMAO! Like you would know Braggadamus!

Posted March 19, 2013 1:17 am 


“One issue that may have to come in to factor here is that Bradley weighed 40 pounds over weight” Sorry Peej, are you sayiing Bradley weighed 187 pounds for the fight?

Posted March 19, 2013 1:16 am 


One issue that may have to come in to factor here is that Bradley weighed 40 pounds over weight and that could be the reason why he came in and tried to end it early. Which pretty much back fired

Posted March 18, 2013 11:11 pm 


Bradley realized after the Pacquiao victory that boxing “fans”, in quotations for a reason, do not appreciate the sweet science — hit, not get hit. All they want to see is blood and guts. And, sadly, Bradley willingly gave it to them Saturday night. However, if boxing “fans” would have realized what a masterful job he did against Pacquaio, Bradley would have boxed Provodnikov’s ears off. But instead, we now have a Bradley who took so much abuse, his career will likely be many fights shy in number of what it would have been.

Posted March 18, 2013 10:46 pm 

stupid loser

PEEJ, I am not sure JMM beats Bradley. I think it depends on which Bradley shows up. Slugger version Bradley we saw with Prov I think gets KO’d, boxer/mover Bradley might pull off a decision win. BTW, I would like to see that fight.

Posted March 18, 2013 10:13 pm 

1200 Techs

a non slugger tried to outslug a slugger for prides purposes…that grit, u cant teach that though…hands down foty! both corners were ready to stop the fight but these fighters refused to lose!! on a side note…didnt care for roys blatent bromance with bradley…max kellermen did a better job calling it down the middle!

Posted March 18, 2013 8:48 pm 

1200 Techs

providnokov rose to the occasion..anyone who thought he was going to be a walk in the park was just had NO IDEA how tough providnokov is…with that said, I’m glad people are finally seeing the grit and determination in tim bradley that ive seen in him a long time ago..most people wouldve just quit against peterson and holt the way they both had him hurt…his will and grittiness wouldn’t let it though! its on par with Marquez…people rag on bradley after the pac fight (come on that was all the judges fault), but how many people can honestly say they gonna keep scrapping with TWO broken ankles against an offensive machine like pacquiao??

Posted March 18, 2013 8:43 pm 


Bradley took a beating in there also. And I also agree, Marquez would beat Bradley by decision.

Posted March 18, 2013 7:29 pm 


taking some hard shots and taking a beating has two different meaning. Bradley took some hard shot. meaning few but effective. the russian rocky took a beating several shot face shows evidence

Posted March 18, 2013 6:42 pm 


After losing the last two fights in a row, I would say that Bradley is NOT as good as many people thought he was.

Posted March 18, 2013 6:40 pm 


Marquez would beat Bradley with relative ease …. he have always thought that.

Posted March 18, 2013 6:40 pm 


Bradley went out and tried to prove something and that is what his down fall was. If he would of boxed like he normally does then he would of been fine. But he wanted to go in there and trade with a puncher. Bradley is not a puncher and if you are not a puncher then you don’t need to be trading with punchers

Posted March 18, 2013 6:25 pm 


Bradley has a better chin and heart then I thought he had but that’s it. His skills are worst then i thought and that’s what counts more to make it in boxing. I was expecting Bradley to walk through the little known Provodnikov. I actually think Provodnikov is better then I thought.

Posted March 18, 2013 6:22 pm 


The Ring has Bradley at #9 P4P and I think that’s pretty accurate. He’s in the 9-10 range.

Posted March 18, 2013 3:54 pm 


was Bradley given a clean bill of health? anybody knows?

Posted March 18, 2013 3:44 pm 


Marquez would have turned Provodnikov into an UPSIDE DOWN cake like he DID to Pacquiao. Marquez punches with precision and Provodnikov is wide open for the counter.

Posted March 18, 2013 3:43 pm 


I always SAID that Marquez could beat Bradley and I will be proven CORRECT. Marquez just has more hand eye coordination than Bradley. Its that simple.

Posted March 18, 2013 3:42 pm 


The good news for Bradley is a performance like that might land him a big payday fight against an elite fighter. The bad news for Bradley is a performance like that might land him a big payday fight against an elite fighter. A couple more performances like that and he won’t be able to enjoy the money.

Posted March 18, 2013 3:16 pm 


Provodkin put a DENT in Bradley’s chin, he won’t be able to take those punches from another puncher after Saturday’s fight. That’s the type of fight that RUINS a fighter for good. Bradley is not a fighter that can fight a rough brawling type of fight every time he fights. Let’s see how he comes back for his next fight, he probably won’t fight again until late summer or Fall 2013. Marquez may cahllenge him NOW!

Posted March 18, 2013 2:39 pm 

The Prince

last comment was from me, and excuse the typo’s

Posted March 18, 2013 2:34 pm 


With all of that muscle Bradley has it will definitely be hard fro him to drop down to 140lbs. But that’s probably his best weight.

Posted March 18, 2013 2:33 pm 


Bradley choose to fight dangerously against Provodikov to prove himself to his critics that buried him after the Pacquaio decision – a decision that wasn’t his fault. He also most paid the price and might have shorten his career. But Bradley is a solid fighter. He keeps himself in great shape and he has a warriors spirit. Sugar Ray Leonard also made that mistake with his first fight against Roberto Duran. He was angry at the critics and wanted to prove himself to them. He paid the price by losing the fight. He got revenge is spectacular fashion later, though. The same with Roy Jones Jr. He wanted to prove the critics wrong. So he dropped from HW to fight Tarver. He hasn’t been the same since. This is why Mayweather is smart, he didn’t let the critics stop him from doing what he want both inside and outside the ring.

Posted March 18, 2013 2:32 pm 


I SAID over a YEAR ago that Bradley shoud go back to 140 because he’s run into a DEAD end. But he says he can’t make 140 anymore SO it IS what it IS. He will never surpass Broner, Marquez, or Mayweather. Pacquiao either.

Posted March 18, 2013 2:31 pm 


Tim Bradley is exactly as good as we always thought he was. Its not like anyone thought he was a top pound for pound fighter before and that is not going to change now. His skill set is very basic, but very solid. The areas in which he excels are his stamina and his punch resistance, both of which are off the charts. Its interesting that Kellerman compared last nights fight to “Rocky”, because Tim Bradley is in many ways a real life Rocky.

Posted March 18, 2013 2:29 pm 


Both fighters showed tremendous heart. Someone should show this to Andre Dirrell. Let’s give Bradley some credit too. He was hurt bad on several occasions but refused to lose. Ruslan was a mess too. Roach was ready to stop the fight. He looked like his nose was broken. His eyes and face were a mess. Clearly fight of the year. Would love to see a rematch. I hope Bradley does not say “Don’t want no rematch!”

Posted March 18, 2013 2:21 pm 


One thing that made Bradley good in the past was his movement at 140. At 159, carrying those 20 extra pounds he was too stationary at times and kept getting clocked. Roy Jones was the best every when he could move and punch. But when the motion stopped he was literally down to earth.

Posted March 18, 2013 2:11 pm 

Tomato Can

Bradley/Provodnikov, was the perfect example of styles make fights. Bradley had the ability to outbox Provodnikov, but on the same token he likes to put his head down and swing for the fences. He’s always been like that. However, Provodnikov, does best when a fighter try’s to stand and trade with him. The guy is an ox, and built like a tank. There’s a lot of fighters who’ll make Ruslan look bad, but Bradley’s not that guy, IMO. It was a great fight, great for the fans, great for Ruslan, but not so great for Bradley. Meaning, that was the type of fight that changes fighters forever. Bradley should have fought smarter, and left the proving something to the fans for fighters that have no other means of fighting. I now chalk Bradley off as damaged goods…

Posted March 18, 2013 2:09 pm 


In a way, I’d say Bradley’s even better than I thought he was. He picked the wrong game plan for this fight in some ways – he could have probably out boxed him for 12 rounds like the writer said, but he chose a far more crowd pleasing style, and probably earned fans for it. But back to the way he’s better than I thought – we never saw him show chin and heart like that – the heart of a champion for sure. And right now you gotta say Bradley’s got one of the best chins in the sport today.

Posted March 18, 2013 2:04 pm 


ruslan provodnikov would be a serious problem for any fighter at 147 that’s for sure

Posted March 18, 2013 2:01 pm 


Traveller – did you get raped by a yankee?? Trying to figure out where your delusional animosity is coming from.

Posted March 18, 2013 2:00 pm 


Bradley is roughly as good as I thought he was. Not pound for pound top 10 ten material but a good champion with a lot of heart. The judges robbed Pacman last year but Tim still fought well. And on Saturday it was a hell of a fight. Again I thought he lost by one point, but he showed amazing willpower and good boxing ability. Bradley is a hardworking fighter – normally slightly dull to watch, but fortunately for him (from a promotional point of view), he’s been in two extremely exciting fights. Good luck to him.

Posted March 18, 2013 1:58 pm 


Bradley may not be the greatest champion, but he’s always put on a good performance. Besides, any fighter being constantly stalked by that Siberian monster would have his hands full. I’d love to see Bronner fight Provodnikov; Adrian would probably win, but like Bradley, he’d get taken down a peg..

Posted March 18, 2013 1:52 pm 


“I think Bradley is a better fighter at 140 pounds, his most difficult outings have been at 147 pounds.” I agree, but the money, fame, and notoriety are at 147 because that’s where Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are. Tim got his belt at 147. Now he should go back down to 140 and try to clean house.

Posted March 18, 2013 1:45 pm 


Bradley showed heart and grit taking the beating he did and pulled it out. There are some fights that you get your prime beaten out of you. I hope that’s not the case because he’s a good kid. Needs to choose his fights like Mayweather low risk and still get paid, because in the end it’s a business.

Posted March 18, 2013 1:37 pm 

The Mad Scientist

Yes, Bradley is a good fighter just fought the wrong fight against Russian..he’s lack of power is what will prevent him from becoming something more than just good thow.

Posted March 18, 2013 1:00 pm 


I hope Timothy Bradly Recovers,even though he had trouble with Providnicov a fighter that many top rank contenders will avoid. Providnicov stock is going up. If Bradly strugles his next fight like he did against Providnicov he should hang up the gloves he seems like on the interview a realy good guy, very humble. I don’t want to seem him fight past his prime like Holyfield. Im sure he saved up enough money to retire comfortasble. Take the Kelly Pavilic rout if things don’t workout next fight. He took quite a beating

Posted March 18, 2013 12:58 pm 


He has alot of competition at 140 where he belongs…he’s definitely an over-achiever because of his lack of power, but has skills and lots of heart….i cheer for him each time because he has grit…..

Posted March 18, 2013 12:42 pm 


He needs to go back down to 140…but yes, he’s good!

Posted March 18, 2013 12:33 pm 


I think Bradley is a better fighter at 140 pounds, his most difficult outings have been at 147 pounds.

Posted March 18, 2013 12:28 pm 


Bradley was CLEARLY top man at 140 pounds, he was supposed to lose against Pacquiao and we knew the story, he fought like a nut against this Russian and damn near got taken out… Overall when you look at his career Bradley has proven to be to much for everyone he faced NOT named Manny Pacquiao including Peterson who had Khan looking crazy and others… He his a very good but NOT Great or truly elite fighter… Making bad choices against one fighter and still winning does not stamp you as average thats ridiculous…

Posted March 18, 2013 12:23 pm 

boxing barlow

Bradley is a decent fighter, but, I’ve never rated him that highly since seeing him against jnr Witter. The fight was so close and Witter is nothing special. A truly special fighter would have hemmered Witter.

Posted March 18, 2013 12:17 pm 


Sorta makes his record 28(12)-2(?)

Posted March 18, 2013 12:17 pm 

Exiled Yank

I agree with Neil. I like the guy, but always felt he wasn’t at the very top – so few truly are. But hey, the guy has accomplished a heck or a lot more than I have.

Posted March 18, 2013 12:07 pm 


He should fight Thurman, he’s the wbo’s #1 contender.

Posted March 18, 2013 12:05 pm 

Chicago guy

Neil,Nope Bradley is not good as he thought. He was bustedup by Ruslan. Two charity wins are already given to him. One from Pacquiao who really won the fight and this another one from Ruslan.. Only Bradley’s big ws good before but now no more he got concussion compliment by my fighter Ruslan Ruslan is the man

Posted March 18, 2013 12:02 pm 


When a fighter takes a beating as Bradley did ( Meldrick Taylor ) They are never the same if he fights anyone with pop he will be knock out in his next bout. So I’m sure Top rank is going to Match him with guys who have less than a 50 % ko ratio to milk the hype job. Mayweather Ko’s Bradley in 8 to 9 rounds

Posted March 18, 2013 11:54 am 


Well most of us thought he was nothing special anyway …. so yeah, he is as good as we always thought he was.

Posted March 18, 2013 11:47 am 

arroyo ob

Bradley has to return to 140.

Posted March 18, 2013 11:47 am 

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