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Tim Bradley to defend welterweight belt against Ruslan Provodnikov

Tim Bradley Tim Bradley reportedly turned down a multi-millon dollar rematch agaisnt Lamont Peterson. (Joe Klamar/Getty Images)

Welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley, who scored a controversial decision win over Manny Pacquiao last June, will defend his belt against Ruslan Provodnikov on March 16 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Bradley (29-0) has been idle since defeating Pacquiao. He reportedly turned down a multi-million dollar offer to face Lamont Peterson in a rematch in December and has consistently stated that he is looking for new, serious challenges.

Provodnikov (22-1) is riding a five-fight winning streak after suffering his first career loss to Mauricio Herrera in 2011.

The fight will have the normal 147-pound welterweight limit. Provodnikov has campaigned at junior welterweight for his last four fights.

-- Chris Mannix

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