Bradley to fight Pacquiao's former sparring partner

Posted at Feb 07 2013 06:26 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2013 02:26 AM

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MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American champion Timothy Bradley Jr. will return to action after an eight-month hiatus to defend his welterweight belt against Russian fighter Ruslan Provodnikov.

Provodnikov is a former sparring partner of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao, who lost a highly controversial split decision to Bradley when they fought in June 2012.

Provodnikov has vowed to avenge Pacquiao’s loss to Bradley, though the American insists he is no longer concerned about that fight. -- Top Story, ANC, February 7, 2013