Timothy Bradley’s WBO World Welterweight title clash against Ruslan Provodnikov at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, will be televised LIVE and exclusive in the UK on The Channel of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin. Ch. 546) on Sunday morning.
Bradley, known as Desert Storm, makes the first defence of the title that he won against then champion Manny Pacquaio last June, causing a huge upset when he ended the pound-for-pound best’s title reign and seven year unbeaten run in a close and controversial fight.
The 29-year-old from Palm Springs, California, is undefeated in 29 fights, winning world titles in two weight divisions. UK fight fans will remember his May 2008 victory over Junior Witter to win the WBC World Light-Welterweight title in Nottingham when he dropped Witter in the sixth round and go on to win hard-fought points decision.
He’s unified the WBO and WBC titles twice with wins against Kendall Holt in April 2009 – a career defining fight in which he came back from a first round knockdown to win on points – and then against Devon Alexander in January 2011
Fast-rising Russian star Provodnikov, number 2 ranked, makes the biggest step of his career when he takes on top-ten pound-for-pounder Bradley.
The 29-year-old is trained by legendary Hall-of-Famer Freddie Roach and his brawling, big-punching, style has built an impressive record of 22 wins, only one loss on points, and 15 knockouts.
Provodnikov has beaten former world champions Javier Jauregui and DeMarcus Corley and is currently on a five-fight winning run, with four of those coming by knockout.
Watch Bradley v Provodnikov live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) with coverage starting at 1am on Sunday morning.
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