Bradley defends WBO title

Carson: Timothy Bradley has defended his WBO welterweight title in a bruising points win over Russian challenger Ruslan Provodnikov.

Bradley won a unanimous decision Saturday after the 12-rounder in Carson, California, but Provodnikov came close to knocking out the American late in the fight.

"One of the punches in one of those rounds concussed me. I`m dizzy right now," Bradley was quoted as saying.

"At some point, that warrior instinct kicks in, the determination, the will to win, and that`s what I counted on."

Bradley paid tribute to the Russian`s power and said Provodnikov is "going to be a world champion someday".

"He`s much more powerful than (Manny) Pacquiao," he said, referring to the Filipino eight-division world champion who he beat in controversial circumstances in June.

Bradley moves to an undefeated 30-0 record, while Provodnikov is now 22-2.