In case you missed it, there was a controversial no-call in the first round of twelve that technically could have changed the decision to a draw
instead of a victory..
Bradley threw 1000 punches landing about 600 (if memory serves) which outscored his opponent, Ruslan (The Russian Rocky" ) Provodnikov. who had thrown
a lot less, had a better landed percentage, stood up to everything Bradley had thrown, and had concussed Bradley repeatedly.
This was one for the books without a doubt. The trainers in both corners were wanting to stop the fight it was that damage inflicting to both
After the decision Bradley remarked that he thought he was concussed, he must be concussed, was still dizzy - after which he did the post-fight
interview and was then taken away by ambulance.
Provodnikov meanwhile was sporting the more visible injuries with multiple welts/contusions, a bleeding left eye-lid, yet still took it the full
While the fight itself was phenomenal with regards to the hearts of both fighters being game, I was also one who hoped it wouldn't go much further...
here is why...
Bradley was out on his feet in at least a few of the twelve rounds. The problem was that Bradley was defending a 33-0 record and wouldn't go down.
When a person is that concussed and still standing, that point of becoming unconscious with the next hit approaches what would be lethal.and luckily
it ended relatively well considering what the potential for fatality was.
IMO both fighters lost but won't know it until later years. Concussion syndrome has been making the rounds in a number of sports but boxing or UFC
fighting is really where the punishment to ones brain is a prime target.
At first glance I saw that the Russian was solid and even the announcers joked about the ineffectiveness of Bradley's punches equating them to termite
hits in trying to wear the stronger opponent down.
I'm glad it ended without a fatality and yet these two fighters still have their chosen careers and as promising as they both looked, I wouldn't be
surprised if a re-match were in the works.
... that is one I don't think I want to watch and had only watched this one because it was at a friends and it is their tv.
While Bradley won by the volume of punches, clearly Provodnikov would have ko'd him if he had another 30 seconds... in his case it was too little too
late and at one point the ref was going to stop the fight as Provodnikov had only thrown a half dozen punches the entire round. (I think he wanted
Bradley to punch himself out - fatigue for the boxing illiterate). It was still surprisingly close with them trading rounds/ pain.
I was relieved to not hear of a fatality and I would question the wisdom of a sport that even guarded by a ref, is still highly conducive to permanent
This one was more unstoppable object meets immovable force than any I had seen over the years. Some would think it highly entertaining, I thought it
was lucky nobody died.
Tip of the hat to the spirit of both fighters, but a questioning glance at their future health at the same time...
edit on 18-3-2013 by
anoncoholic because: typo