Photos: Tim Bradley survives a war and late knockdown to overcome Ruslan Provodnikov

By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Tim Bradley survived a scare in the face of Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov during their HBO-televised welterweight title bout. Bradley was rocked in the first, staggered badly in the second, and survived a knockdown in the 12th and final round.

Scores of 115-112 and 114-113 were twice read in Bradley’s favor, as the sport’s reigning WBO welterweight champion sees his record rise to 30-0 with 12 knockouts.  Provodnikov falls to 22-2 with 15 knockouts.

Check out the photos below for a ringside look at Bradley-Provodnikov and the undercard action.

Photos courtesy of Chris Farina – Top Rank

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In the HBO-televised co-feature, Jessie Vargas (22-0, 9 KO’s) pounded out a gritty ten-round decision over Wale Omotoso (23-1, 19 KO’s).

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Heavyweight Andy Ruiz improved to 18-0 with 12 knockouts after stopping Matthew Greer in the first.

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2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez continues to impress, stopping Carlos Gonzales in the fourth round. Valdez improves to 3-0 with 3 knockouts.

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Newly crowned IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich and WBO champion Mikey Garcia

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Top Rank president Todd duBoef, US Olympian Jose Ramirez, and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum

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Chris Robinson can be reached at Trimond@aol.com and www.HustleBoss.com

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