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.