A courageous performance in boxing terms cannot come about without the ingredient of a fighter’s ability to weather blows past the point of weariness and still emerge with arms raised vertically in victory.
Another is fortunate.
Bradley continued his recent tradition of winning fights in debatable fashion with his win against Provodnikov, directly following his split-decision twelve-round win over a far less exposed and vulnerable version of the politician from the Philippines.
In a fight in which both fighters landed nearly an equivalent number of punches—35 percent to 32 percent—though Bradley was on the higher end of those percentages according to Compubox, had the fight ended as a draw, it wouldn’t have been illegitimate.
Yet, despite surviving a brutal first and second round and nearly being knocked out in the final 15 seconds against Provodnikov, Bradley emerged with his undefeated record in tact, as well as a champion in need of a new challenger.
Within are several potential targets for the 29-year-old Bradley in his next potential title defense.