Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The gift and the curse of Timothy Bradley is this. He has no power, but he has the heart of a brawler. Against most opponents, that has been enough to just overwhelm them. Bradley has won a lot of fights, just on sheer will power. Against Provodnikov, he ran into someone, with as much heart as he had and a lot more power. You mix in Bradley’s Heart and stubbornness to box, with Provodnikov punching power and stalking style and what you had was the fight of the year in boxing so far. The only black eye, so to speak, was that Provodnikov should have gotten a draw, but the ref missed a clear knockdown in the first round. Instant replay needs to be added in boxing to correct these type of mistakes, Bradley would have still kept his belt, but no one would have argued with a draw.
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