Tim Bradley to defend welterweight belt against Ruslan Provodnikov
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