(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Timothy Bradley is a two-division world champion and an exemplary citizen. Yet he never sparked much passion in the boxing world.
Not until he finished his 30th fight with wobbly legs and glassy eyes Saturday night, barely staying upright to the final bell against Ruslan Provodnikov.
A classy boxer became a raw fighter for one thrilling bout. Once Bradley heals, he could reap the benefits for years.
''The warrior instinct started to come in,'' Bradley said in the ring, after guessing he had a concussion. ''Just heart and determination, the will to win. Even though I got rocked, I still fight hard. I still come back. That's just the warrior in me.''
Bruised and bloody, Bradley (30-0) narrowly kept his perfect record and his WBO welterweight belt, winning a unanimous decision by a tiny margin despite being on the verge of getting stopped in the first, second and 12th rounds, even taking a knee in the waning seconds.