Timothy Bradley is set to make his long-standing return to the ring next month as manager Cameron Dunkin confirmed that contracts have been drawn up and exchanged for a WBO welterweight title defence against Ruslan Provodnikov.
‘Desert Storm’ was involved in a tornado of his own last June, when the American out-pointed Manny Pacquiao in one of the most controversial decisions of recent times and is now ready to don the gloves again after recovering from injuries suffered in the fight with the Filipino.
According to Dunkin, Bradley, 29, has had to bend over his expected purse for the clash at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California and is now looking forward to making his comeback from nine months out.
“I negotiated the purse with them and Top Rank. We came up with a number that wasn’t ideal, but both sides were willing to live with,” Dunkin told The Desert Sun. “Tim was willing to live with it because he wants to fight. The only thing that can change is if there’s something in the agreement that he doesn’t agree with and I’m sure it can be worked out. Everyone feels like the fight is going to happen.
“It’s an entertaining fight because this guy brings it. He comes hard and Tim comes hard. It should be a terrific fight,” he added.
Predominantly a light-welterweight, Provodnikov, also 29, suffered his solitary loss in 23 fights against Mauricio Herrera in July 2011, but has since scored four stoppages in five wins to get himself back into world title contention.