MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American Timothy Bradley vowed to give Russian fighter Ruslan Provodnikov a lesson in boxing when he defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on March 16 in Carson, California.
Bradley was reacting to the comments made by Provodnikov’s trainer, Freddie Roach, who said the American star will run "like Forrest Gump" during their title fight.
"I've heard Bradley say he's going to take the fight to Ruslan. He said the same thing before his fight with Manny (Pacquiao). And when he feels Ruslan's power, like when he felt Manny's, it's going to be a remake of Forrest Gump," Roach said in a RingTV report.
Speaking with Luis Sandoval of Boxing Scene, Bradley said: "This is boxing, Freddie. All right? This ain't MMA (mixed martial arts). This is boxing."
"There's a difference between being a runner, sprinter. They run. I don't run. I box. That's what I do. It's called the sweet science, it’s called boxing," Bradley added. "That's what people need to realize, that this is boxing."
Bradley cited legendary fighters including Muhammad Ali and Pernell Whitaker, as well as reigning pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., as some of the best in the "hit and don't get hit sport."
"A lot of people can't deal with that. Ruslan Provodnikov ain't gonna be able to deal with that," he said. "So guess what we're going to do? We're going to outbox him."
Although Bradley defeated Roach’s top fighter, Pacquiao, in their June 2012 fight, the Hall-of-Fame trainer remains unimpressed with the American.
"When Manny was preparing to defend his title against Bradley last spring, I said any of Manny's sparring partners could beat Bradley. Ruslan will prove that on March 16," Roach said.
Bradley will be making the first defense of the WBO championship that he won from Pacquiao.