- Both fights were in mid-March (March 17 and March 16, respectively)
- Both fights featured aggressive boxers (Taylor and Bradley) with fast hands against skilled fighters (Chavez and Ruslan) with power
- Neither Taylor nor Bradley are known for their power and both have been accused of being overly aggressive
- There was severe damage inflicted on both Taylor and Bradley's eye sockets early in the fight
- Both Taylor and Bradley were leading on the scorecards coming into the 12th and final round
- There was a knockdown scored in the closing moments of both 12th rounds from the fighter behind on points
- Both Taylor and Bradley rose from these knockdowns unsteady with less than 3 seconds to go (but with vastly different outcomes!)
I know there are also alot of differences between the fighters and the fights as well. No one is ever going to say that Provodnikov has the same strengths and skills that Chavez had. Bradley was not an Olympic medalist like Taylor was plus he was getting rocked and staggered alot worse than Taylor was in the early going as well as the middle rounds. Still, there was a very familiar (not to mention downright eerie) feeling watching this fight unfold and being reminded of when I was 16 sitting in my sister's living room in 1990 watching Taylor vs. Chavez I. But in a way it was sweet redemption. Nothing against Chavez or Ruslan; they are both excellent fighters. But I am fans of both Taylor and Bradley through and through. I will always say that Richard Steele (or maybe STEAL since he stole the fight from Meldrick) made a huge mistake when he stopped the Chavez fight. I saw him a few months after that on an ESPN FIGHT card with two CLUB FIGHTERS where one got dropped hard. He got up at about '5' and Steele asked him twice "Are you ok?" The guy responded weakly and then Steele asked him to WALK TO HIM.....and then let the fight CONTINUE!!! I will forever suspect that Richard was helping Don King out by protecting one of his cash cows from losing that unbeaten record. Funny how Chavez accused Steele of being unjust a few years later in the first Frankie Randall fight. So when the referee in this particular fight allowed a VERY hurt Bradley to see the final bell and claim his rightful victory on the scorecards, I was able for a fleeting second to feel how it would have been for Meldrick to be granted that same courtesy and get that split decision over Chavez that he so richly deserved.
I just hope that now another similarity does not take place and that Bradley starts a rapid decline after such a tough and bruising affair the way Taylor did after that first Chavez fight. That would be a shame. But he is only human after all so I long for his safety foremost.
Edited by lee140, 19 March 2013 - 11:47 PM.