Timothy Bradley jamás pensó que la polémica volvería a posarse tras una de sus peleas.

La noche del sábado en Carson, California, Timothy Bradley logró retener la corona mundial Welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo por decisión unánime (114-113 114-113 115-12) ante el ruso Ruslan Provodnikov a pesar de haber visitado en dos ocasiones la lona.

Bradley tuvo un complicado inicio, pues dentro de los tres primeros minutos un gancho de izquierda que lo mandó a la lona.

Después de tres rounds complicados, el estadounidense comenzó a recuperar terreno y a base de experiencia logró mantener a raya a un peleador que en todo momento buscó la pelea frontal.

Al final del séptimo round, Ruslan - quien se sabía abajo en las tarjetas salió a intercambiar golpes con más de 30 segundos de intercambios de golpes, pero la campana entró en el momento para darle un respiro al lastimado Bradley.

Con el cansancio a cuestas, Provodnikov siguió buscando oportunidad hasta que llegó en el último round en donde volvió a mandar con una izquierda a la barbilla a la lona a un sorprendido Tim.

"Debo de admitir que este hombre es el verdadero reto allá afuera. Uno de los peleadores más duros allá. Ahora no puedo decir demasiado pues me siento mareado", dijo el estadounidense que mantuvo su calidad de invicto a pesar de que los 12 rounds tuvo problemas en contrarrestar la izquierda de su contrincante.

En la misma cartelera

El prospecto mexicoamericano Jessie Vargas logró una importante victoria, en la pelea preestelar de la noche, al lograr imponerse por puntos - tras una pelea complicada y muy cerrada - al nigeriano Wale Omotoso.

Vargas, nativo de Las Vegas, Nevada, logró salir adelante a pesar de un complicado inicio para imponerse en las tarjetas de los tres jueces por 96-93, 93-93 y 97-92 y a pesar de una caída en el segundo episodio y un corte en la ceja izquierda, ganar la corona Continental.

En otros resultados, el ex olímpico mexicano Oscar Valdez sumó su tercera victoria profesional al dejar fuera de combate a Carlos González. Mientras que Jesse Magdaleno sumó el triunfo 14 de su carrera profesional al vencer por nocaut en tres rounds a Carlos Fulgencio.

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  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Timothy Bradley, right, punches Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, in the fourth round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. Bradley won by unanimous decision after the 12th round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, bleeds in the ninth round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match against Timothy Bradley in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Timothy Bradley, right, and Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, trade punches in the fifth round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. Bradley won by unanimous decision after the 12th round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Ruslan Provodnikov, bottom, of Russia, slips in front of Timothy Bradley in the second round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. Bradley won by unanimous decision after the 12th round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Timothy Bradley

    A referee counts to Timothy Bradley after Bradley was knocked down by Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, in the 12th round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. Bradley won by unanimous decision after the 12th round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Timothy Bradley, right, greets Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, after their WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. Bradley won by unanimous decision after the 12th round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Timothy Bradley, left, punches Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, in the eighth round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. Bradley won by unanimous decision after the 12th round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Timothy Bradley, left, takes a punch from Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, in the 10th round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Timothy Bradley is knocked down by Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, in the first round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Timothy Bradley, right, is knocked down by Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, in the first round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Ruslan Provodnikov, Timothy Bradley

    Timothy Bradley, right, takes a punch from Ruslan Provodnikov, of Russia, in the second round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (R) is knocked down in the first round by contender Ruslan Provodnikov as referee Pat Ruseell (C) looks on during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley celebrates after retaining his title against Ruslan Provodnikov during the WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: Ruslan Provodnikov (L) goes to his knees at the end of the boxing match against WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley during the WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: Ruslan Provodnikov (L) walks away celebrating after knocking down WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley during the 12th round during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. Bradley retained his title in a unanimous decision. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: Contender Ruslan Provodnikov lands a punch to the head of WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (R) is knocked down in the first round by contender Ruslan Provodnikov as referee Pat Ruseell (C) looks on during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (R) is knocked down in the first round by contender Ruslan Provodnikov as referee Pat Ruseell (C) looks on during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (R) is knocked down in the first round by contender Ruslan Provodnikov as referee Pat Ruseell (C) looks on during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (R) is knocked down in the first round by contender Ruslan Provodnikov as referee Pat Ruseell (C) looks on during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (L) lands a punch against contender Ruslan Provodnikov during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. Bradley retained his title after a unanimous decision. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: Contender Ruslan Provodnikov lands a punch to the head of WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov

    CARSON, CA - MARCH 16: WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (L) lands a punch against contender Ruslan Provodnikov during their WBO Welterweight Championship boxing match at The Home Depot Center on March 16, 2013 in Carson, California. Bradley retained his title after a unanimous decision. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)