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Bradley beats Provodnikov by decision in thriller

/ 12:43 PM March 17, 2013

Timothy Bradley, left, takes a punch from Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, in the 10th round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

CARSON, Calif.  — Timothy Bradley overcame an early beating and a 12th-round knockdown to win a narrow unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov on Saturday night, defending his WBO welterweight belt.

Bradley (30-0) barely survived a thriller with the unheralded Provodnikov (22-2) in the champion’s first bout since beating Manny Pacquiao in a much-debated decision last June.

Bradley appeared to be out on his feet at times the first two rounds against his Russian challenger, even tumbling to the canvas in a fall that was ruled an accidental slip. Bradley then was forced to take a knee with 10 seconds left in the 12th round after another barrage from Provodnikov.

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But Bradley also punished Provodnikov with multiple shots all night, causing huge cuts and swelling on the face of the “Siberian Rocky.”

TAGS: Bradley, Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley, WBO welterweight
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