*March 16 marks the date when WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley finally comes back to fight after a twelve month hiatus and there are a lot of questions many boxing observers want answers as to why it took so long after being awarded a victory over Manny Pacquiao in his last outing.
There are some including this writer, who feel that his promoter literally kicked him to the curb since then. I mean, we could be wrong but that’s what it looks like.
Here’s a guy who is undefeated with a ring record of 29-0 with 12 coming by way of knockout and possesses so much talent and ability, why not at least give him somebody to go against if not a rematch with Manny?
I mean don’t just put him on the shelf and let him rust. You have to ask yourself what about his manager ? If you ask me, I would’ve gotten rid of him for allowing such a travesty to happen.
Nevertheless, on Saturday nite March 16 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. he goes against a pretty tough cookie by the name of Ruslan Provodnikov who resides in a place in the world that I’ve never heard of, Berezovo, Khanty-Marsi, Russia. And this cat from I hear, could give Timmy a go for his money. He comes in the ring with a record of 22-1 with 15 coming by way of knockout and he’s intent upon taking the WBO title away from Timothy. We’ll certainly see what happens that night and whether Bradley has wiped all that ring rust that has no doubt accumulated in the last 14 months.
This bout will be telecast live on HBO and is being brought to you by Top Rank Inc. in association with Banner Promotions.
But right before that happens, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins goes against undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud. I mean, with a ring record of 24-0 with 19 coming by way of knockout, this guy ain’t no joke. He’s fought some pretty tough cats including Yusef Mack and more recently Gabriel Campillo who took him to task and went the distance with him although Cloud won by a majority decision. This should be Clouds’ biggest test as he goes against Hopkins who although is coming in the ring at 48 years of age, is still a formidable opponent for anyone.
With a ring record of 56-6-2 with 32 coming by way of knockout, he has an incredible work ethic, and a lot of folks believe that he’s still a force to be reckoned with. We’ll certainly see how that goes on March 9 at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York.
This event is being brought to you by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don King Productions and will be telecast live on HBO.
This event takes place at The Hanger at the Orange County Fair and will also be telecast live on HBO.
In other boxing news, I hear that Nonito Donaire has signed to go against Gueillmo Rigondeaux rather than Abner Mares. This should be an interesting match as Rigondeaux will be in the fight of his life with Donaire. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
And finally, we’re still waiting to see who Floyd Mayweather settles on for his date in May. That’s all for now, I’ll be back at you next time.
Mohammed Mubarak is a boxing writer and his column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.