A Good Loss for Ruslan Provodnikov
Much will be spoken and written about the scintillating action in the instant-classic bout between Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov Saturday night. Bradley walked away with a well-deserved win and an upgrade to his debated legacy, but, in such a surprisingly spirited and unexpectedly rigorous affair, could Provodnikov’s loss be considered good for him too?
Certainly Bradley walks away from that war having gained many fans while confirming the depth of his fortitude and heart. Provodnikov, for his effort, should reap several benefits as well, despite the loss.
Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank
The former Pacquaio sparring partner stepped up in weight for this bout and likely earned the opportunity to continue competing in the crowded landscape of marketable contenders in and around the Welterweight scene. He instantly becomes a commodity to fight makers and fans calling for entertaining and competitive fights within one of the deepest and m...