Bradley vs. Provodnikov replay tonight on HBO at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT

bradley14 HBO will be televising the replay of the March 16th fight between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) and Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) in their fight from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The fight was an exciting one from start to finish with Bradley getting hurt badly on four separate occasions, yet still winning the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 115-112, 114-113 and 114-113.

HBO will replay the fight at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, HBO will be televising a replay of Road to Rios-Alvarado II immediately following the Bradley-Provodnikov replay.

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Arum says no to Bradley-Provodnikov rematch

By Bill Phanco: If you were one of the many boxing fans interested in seeing a rematch between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) and Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) in order to clear up the confusion about their fight last Saturday night, you can forget it because it’s not happening.

Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum has ruled out a rematch between the two at least for the time being. Arum does leave open the possibility of matching them up again one of these days in the future, but not until they’ve faced other guys. Arum wants to move Bradley forward and match him three potential opponents: Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez or the winner of the Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado fight.

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“I was Concussed” – Bradley wins brutal affair over Provodnikov

by Paul Strauss: The first thing HBO’s Max Kellerman asked Timothy Bradley to comment about was what he had just told Max off camera. Bradley couldn’t remember and asked Max for help. After a little prompting, Timothy remembered and said, “I was concussed!” Max was curious and asked Timothy, “How would you know that?” Timothy smiled and said, “Because I’m still dizzy!”

The truth is he was knocked silly more than once in the fight. According to unofficial score keeper Harold Lederman, what should have been scored a knock down was “blown” by Referee Pat Russell. Harold was adamant that Ruslan Provodnikov should have been awarded with a knock down in the early round. Either things happened too quickly, or Russell had the wrong angle, because he didn’t call it.

At least two more times during the contest, Bradley got an assist from the ropes. Some referees might have been convinced Bradley was kept up because of the ropes. Of course escaping the knockdowns meant point totals in Bradley’s favor, and in the end, Bradley barely escaped being counted out and instead pulled off a UD instead.

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Timothy Bradley, Ruslan Provodnikov Give Us The FOTY So Far!

provodnikov22By James Slater: Bradley’s 12-Round UD over Provodnikov thrills the fans!

Where to start with last night’s absolutely mesmerizing battle between Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov! We saw a truly special, wild, brutal and utterly captivating war at the Home Depot Centre, one that will hopefully result in a part-two.

Bradley, so much the better, more polished fighter, was expected by many to box smart and outclass the big-for-the-weight, hard hitting Provodnikov, but – almost certainly due to the frustration Bradley has felt since winning that controversial, death threat-producing decision over superstar Manny Pacquiao and the lack of a big name opponent since last June – the defending WBO welterweight ruler wanted to “make a statement” and punish and KO his challenger and he fought an ultra risky fight.

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Bradley defeats Provodnikov in war; Vargas decisions Omotoso

bradley11By Bill Phanco: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) defeated light welterweight challenger Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Bradley, 29, was knocked down in the 12th round by Provodnikov, and badly hurt in the 1st, 2nd, 6th in addition to the 12th round. It looks like the referee blew a call in the 1st that would have caused the fight to end in a draw by ruling it a slip after a badly hurt Bradley was knocked down by Provodnikov. The judges scored it 114-113, 114-113 and 115-113.

After the fight, Bradley, with bad swelling on both sides of his face, said “I think I have a concussion. This guy is a power puncher. He’ll beat any 140 or 147 pound fighter out there.

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