March 16th will see the ring return of undefeated and WBO Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley as he faces Russian contender Ruslan Provodnikov at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Despite being ranked number 3 in the rankings by the WBO, Provodnikov is untested at the elite level. While he possesses a rough and tough style, he is unlikely to provide any sort of test for the undefeated Timothy Bradley. It’s a surprising match-up for several reasons, including the fact that Bradley could have opted for a rematch against a fighter he has already dominated, Lamont Peterson. After an extended layoff, I don't think anyone would argue that Provodnikov doesn’t provide the sort of big name match that Bradley requires at the point in his career.
Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank
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