Pound4poundireland’s 2014 Fight, Knockout, Round, Prospect, Upset and Trainer of the Year

Fight of the Year

1. Tommy Coyle-Daniel Brizuela


2. Travis Dickinson-Matty Clarkson


3. Terence Crawford-Yuriorkis Gamboa


Knockout of the Year

1. Andy Lee ko5 John Jackson


2. Marvin Sonsona ko3 Akifumi Shimoda


3. Felix Verdejo ko1 Lauro Alcantar


Round of the Year

1. Travis Dickinson-Matty Clarkson Round 5

2. Isaac Real-Emanuele Della Rosa Round 2

3. Koki Eto-Ardin Diale Round 8


Prospect of the Year

1. Felix Verdejo

2. Errol Spence

3. Oleksandr Usyk

Upset of the Year

1. Tommy Karpency SD10 Chad Dawson

2. Rogelio Medina ko3 J’Leon Love

3. Chris Algieri SD12 Ruslan Provodnikov


Trainer of the Year

John David Jackson – for his work with Sergey Kovalev

Pound4poundireland’s 2013 Awards for Fight, Knockout, Round, Prospect, Upset and Trainer of the Year

Fight of the Year

1. Timothy Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov


2. Mike Alvarado-Brandon Rios II


3. Omar Figueroa-Nihito Arakawa


Knockout of the Year

1. Javier Fortuna ko1 Miguel Zamudio


2. Deontay Wilder ko1 Siarhei Liakhovich


3. James Chereji ko2 Belmin Skomorac


Round of the Year

1. Timothy Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov Round 2

2. Denkaosan Kaovichit-Eiji Tsutsumi Round 10


3. Darren Barker-Daniel Geale Round 6


Prospect of the Year

1. Vasyl Lomachenko

2. Jessie Magdaleno

3. Naoya Inoue

Upset of the Year

1. Simpiwe Vetyeka rtd6 Chris John


2. Fahlan Sakkereerin Jr. ko3 Ryo Miyazaki

3. Jhonny Gonzalez ko1 Abner Mares


Trainer of the Year

Angel Garcia – for his work with Danny Garcia

Teddy Atlas gives his post-fight analysis of Bradley-Provodnikov

Atlas: Every time that a fighter gets in a tough fight…here is the reality people, so maybe they will understand it. And that’s why I’m passionate and so strong and so thick-headed when I go after these people in boxing that rob fighters, these promoters that rob fighters, and the commissions that allow it to happen.

These policies that are not in place to have structure to look out for the fighters, that’s why I am such a pain in the neck for you fans out there that hear me screaming all of the time when I see something done wrong to a fighter because they only have so many fights. Every time they get in the ring, unlike the judges who sit at ringside with nothing but a pencil in their hand, they are not being dissipated by the fight. They are not being worn down. They don’t have something taken out of their physicality.

Every time a fighter gets in that ring, they come out of that ring after a tough fight with less than they went in there with. That is a fact. That is a fact and that’s why I take it very seriously when people rob these fighters and when we have no structure to protect these fighters and the system is not in place to do those things. It’s just like Frazier and Ali in Manila…I know they were older. I know they were dissipated already, I understand all of that, but there was a lot of them left in Manila.

And there was some of Bradley…I can’t tell you how much, but there was some of Bradley and some of Provodnikov left in that ring after that fight the other night, and they will not get it back. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Bradley, to me…what bothered me…and I love Bradley, his heart, the way he goes about preparing himself, the way he doesn’t talk all kinds of crap; he just behaves like a fighter and acts like a fighter, he talks like a fighter and represents himself like a fighter. He acts like a champion. But I was concerned with the way he got affected.

I know Provodnikov. He has fought 6, 7, or 8 times, I don’t know how many times on ESPN. I’ve seen him on his way up. I’ve seen him through all of the developing stages of his career up front and up close on air, and he is not that kind of puncher. He is a decent puncher; he goes to the body and he’s a tough son of a gun. I think he is a strong puncher, but my goodness, he looked like George Foreman. He looked like a wrecking ball the other night. Part of it is he caught him clean…I get it, but I’m concerned about how much of a part of it is something else. Is part of it some of the wear and tear during his career from amateur to pro? Or is part of it…see, I look at everything. Or is part of it the weight that he took off. I understand that he was heavy, the heaviest of his career, and he had to take off 30 to 40 pounds. I don’t know what the exact number was, but I know he had to take a significant amount of weight off in camp, so that concerns me, because when I saw him touched, when I saw him hit with those punches, I saw Bradley affected in a bigger way than I have ever seen him affected.

I seen him get off of the floor against Kendall Holt and hurt at times in other fights and he got up or shook it off and behaved like a champion, but I have never seen him affected and shaken the way he was against Provodnikov. And again, he made Provodnikov look like Joe Frazier and George Foreman all in one. And he is not that kind of puncher, so it concerns me. I’m in the business where you need to have answers. You can’t just say, “Okay, let’s go on to the next stage.” No! You need to have answers if you care about this stuff and if you want the fighters properly looked out for. So one of the questions I ask is why was he so shaken up every time he got hit? Every time he got caught from the first round to the 12th round, he got badly hurt, and I’m just concerned as to why that was happening to the degree that it was happening.

It was very apparent, very clear, and obvious that he was hurt in every round. Every time that he got caught, he was hurt. It was the kind of fight that you never felt comfortable that he would get through the fight because anytime he would get caught, there was a chance that he would get affected and affected very badly once again.

Fight Video – Timothy Bradley v Ruslan Provodnikov (Fight of the Year Candidate)



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