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Bradley beats Provodnikov by decision in thriller

Updated: March 17, 2013, 12:51 AM ET
Associated Press

CARSON, Calif. -- Timothy Bradley overcame an early beating and a 12th-round knockdown to win a narrow unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov on Saturday night, defending his WBO welterweight belt in dramatic style.

Bradley (30-0) barely survived a thriller with the unheralded Provodnikov (22-2) in the champion's first bout since beating Manny Pacquiao in a much-debated split decision last June.

Bradley appeared to be out on his feet at times the first two rounds against his Russian ...

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