Once-beaten Ruslan Provodnikov will meet undefeated Ivan Popoca in the 10-round main event of ESPN'2s Friday Night Fights on April 15, part of a show from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.
Provodnikov, a junior welterweight, will bring an 18-1 record, with 12 KOs. His only loss was a 12-round unanimous decision against Mauricio Herrera in January. Popoca is riding a 13-fight winning streak since fighting Guadalupe Diaz to a four-round majority draw in 2007.
The co-feature is a 10-rounder between former lightweight world title contender Ji-Hoon Kim (22-7, 18 KOs) and Marvin Quintero (21-3, 17 KOs).
Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com and co-host of The Ringside Boxing Show.