Ahead of Timothy Bradley vs Manny Pacquiao III that takes place on 9th April 2016, I went and watched some Timothy Bradley fights. The one that stood out the most was the 2013 fight of the year: Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov.
I watch mostly MMA and don’t know much about boxing and boxers. But I do know a good fight when I see one. Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov is one of the most insane, thrilling, violent boxing fights I have ever seen. Whether you are a boxing fan or an MMA fan, I encourage to watch the full fight right here.
Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov is the first fight Timothy Bradley took after defeating Manny Pacquiao for the first time. Manny Pacquiao reached a legendary status in the boxing ring amassing a 54-3-2 record with tough champion opponents such as Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, the list goes on. And lets not forget his amazing series against a career-long bitter rival in Juan Manual Marquez. Even a boxing layman like me recognizes those series of names.
When Timothy Bradley finally eat Manny Pacquiao after almost 6 years of being undefeated, he took the boxing world by absolutely surprise. The decision was controversial and most viewers of the fight had Pacquiao winning. Following the fight, the boxing world gave Timothy Bradley zero credit for his win over the Filipino boxing deity. Despite the win, Timothy Bradley fell into a shadow of depression that most people would never emerge from.
But we are talking about Timothy Bradley here. He got to where he is now with sheer will and drive. A fighter that never gives up with super human focus and dedication. With this fight, Timothy Bradley was determined to show the boxing world he is deserving of his win over Manny Pacquiao and he is a world-class fighter.
Ruslan Provodnikov on the other hand was the fighter that Freddie Roach brought in to be Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner to mimic Bradleys style in preparing for the Bradley Pacquiao fight. Ruslan is known as a Rocky-like fighter that loves to brawl. A tough ough fighter that can give Timothy Bradley a run for his money and not only threaten Bradley’s championship belt, but psychology.
The first two rounds of Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov saw the Rocky-esque fighter come out of the gates and nearly knock Bradley’s head off his shoulders. There was no need for a full boxing ring as the fight took place in a 4 foot by 4 foot square. In the first round, Ruslan landed a powerful overhand right that left Bradley stumbling all over the ring like a drunken clown. In the second round, Ruslan again landed a powerful punch where Timothy Bradley was essentially “out on his feet”!
Bradley came back in rounds 3 to 5 by out-boxing the Russian fighter and slowly picking him apart. It seemed like Bradley was taking over the fight with accurate punches in bunches. Bradley was landing good combinations while Ruslan seemed to have punched himself out and taking the time to rest.
Between the 5th and the 6th round, Freddie told Ruslan to try and land the overhand right again to regain momentum. Ruslan definitely landed a hard left hook and against Bradley was in trouble. The 6th round could possibly top the 1st and the 2nd with the final 30 seconds of the round in a Diego Sanchez vs Gilbert Melendez type of punching flurry.
Finally Timothy Bradley recaptured the fight and confirmed his victory with more movement and punches. He landed short and solid combinations with enough footwork to dodge Ruslan’s head hunting strategy. Ruslan knocked Bradley down again in the 12th and final round but Bradley wasn’t out cold and that’s what was needed to win the fight.
An absolute fight fans delight, be sure to watch this fight in full!
Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov full fight video