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Roach Upset: Ruslan Should've Had Three 10-8 Rounds

By Ryan Burton

Carson, California - Shortly after Tim Bradley's epic unanimous decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov at the Home Depot Center, the Siberian's trainer, Freddie Roach, said that his fighter will remain at 147 pounds. The twice beaten Provodnikov had been campaigning as a junior welterweight and Roach told BoxingScene that he is a much better fighter at welterweight. 

"He's definitely staying at welterweight. Making 140 pounds was killing Ruslan and it definitely effected his performance. He's 100% better at 147. That's where he is going to fight from now on," Roach stated.

Roach also said that he felt the fight was close and that his only complaint was that Provodnikov wasn't credited with three 10-8 rounds. Bradley hit the canvas in the first round and appeared badly hurt but it was ruled a slip. He took a beating in the second round, and went down in the twelfth, which was the only round scored 10-8 by the judges. If Provodnkov would have received three 10-8 rounds, then would have won the fight. Bradley won on scores of 115-112, 114-113 and 114-113.

"I definitely felt there should have been three 10-8 rounds. I thought the first, second, and twelfth should have been scored 10-8," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by r__mutt on 03-18-2013

Not sure on three 10-8s total...I'd say the first should've been a 10-8, makes the fight a majority draw which would've been fair. Not a fan of Roach or Bradley or anyone else involved, so I chalk that up as…

Comment by rzagza on 03-18-2013

Roach was going to stop the fight before rd 11 because his guy was getting beaten up and hit too much. Now he's b*tching about the decision. Priceless. Maybe he's got split personality disorder on top of Parkinson's?

Comment by artlargar on 03-18-2013

While I don't have a problem with the decision, I do have a problem with how rounds are scored in general. I also felt that Provodnikov should have had three, 10-8 rounds and won the fight. There has to be…

Comment by lutenco on 03-18-2013

[QUOTE=NatiKid;13155231]blah blah blah how can you cry wolf when one round earlier said he was going to stop the fight i dont think one 10 8 round changed fight completely from him saying he was going to stop the fight…

Comment by G22 on 03-18-2013

It was a fair decison IMO. Despite being rocked regularly Tim was generally outboxing the Russian and people are forgetting that the challenger was so badly marked up that Freddie was thinking about pulling him out. Tim was lucky to…

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