RingTV.com has a live, round-by-round update of Saturday's 140-pound bout during which Chris Algieri rose from two first-round knockdowns to score a dramatic upset split-decision victory over WBO titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on HBO.
Algieri out-landed Provodnikov, 288-to-205 in overall punches, 177-to-164 in power shots, and, 111-to-41 in jabs.
Provodnikov (24-3, 16 knockouts) was coming off a 10th-round stoppage of Mike Alvarado, whom he floored twice on the way to winning his belt in October.
The win over Alvarado followed Provodnikov's unanimous decision loss to then-WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley during which Provodnikov scored a 12th-round knockdown in a March bout named "2013 Fight of the Year" by THE RING as well as the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), who stands 5-foot-10 to Provodnikov's 5-6, had correctly expressed confidence that he could duplicate the efforts of Bradley and Mauricio Herrera, the latter whom defeated Provodnikov by unanimous decision in January 2011.
The HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast begins at 10 p.m., ET/ PT
Provodnikov vs. Algieri
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Referee: Harvey Dock
Judges: Don Trella and Tom Schreck had it for Algieri, 114-112, while Max DeLuca had it for Provodnikov, 117-109
RINGTV.COM HAS IT FOR PROVODNIKOV, 116-110.
Ring announcer: Michael Buffer "Let's get ready to rumble!!!!!"
Provodnikov enters to Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger!!!"
Algieri greeted with rousing cheers, Provodnkikov, booed with a mixture of cheers.
Round 1: Round one was telling early. Provodnikov landed two early right hands to the body. Make that three and then four, all with the right hand. Double-right hand and two left hooks from Algieri that have little affect. Provodnkiov still is coming. Left to the body and left to the head both by Provodnikov. Right uppercut from Algieri, who gets off two more rights in a brief clinch. LEFT HOOK DROPS ALGIERI. HE'S UP, BUT HIS RIGHT EYE ALRDADY IS CLOSING UNDERNEATH. Algieri GOES DOWN, YET AGAIN, FROM ANOTHER LEFT HOOK, MORE OR LESS TAKING A KNEE. He's up, yet again, but Provodnikov is on him. Provodnikov, 10-7.
Round 2: Provodnikov's head movement is giving Algieri more problems, but he lands a right and two jabs. Thudding left to the body by Provodnikov. Hard for Algieri to escape in the 18-foot ring. Double left to the body by Algieri, who is bleeding from the nose as his right eye continues to close. Bludgeoning right hand by Provodnikov, who takes two lefts to the body. Solid jabs by Algieri and a decent right. He's game. Crowd is chanting Algieri's name. Solid two-punch combination by Algieri, who came back to win the round. Algieri, 10-9; Provodnikov, 19-17.
Round 3:Provodnikov jabs Algieri into a corner and then lands a left over the top. Solid body shot by Algieri, who is tough. Double-left to the body by Provodnikov. Hard right to the body and two lefts to the head by Provodnikov. They trade lefts, with Provodnikov's being harder. Clubbing right by Provodnikov and a left. Blood coming from the right eye of Algieri. Provodnikov is walking through Algieri's power, even as the challenger digs tothe body. Hard right to the jaw by Algieri. Jab by Algieri. Jab by Provodnikov. Provodnikov, 10-9; Provodnikov, 29-26.
Round 4: Doctors took a good look at Algieri's right eye between rounds. Algieri sprints out to engage behind his jab. Hard right to the body by Provodnikov. They trade rights to the body. Right and left by Provodnikov. Right, left to the body and left to the head by Provodnikov. Algieri won't wilt. Right to the body and left to the head by Provodnikov. Algieri continues to pump the jab. Thudding right to the body by Provodnikov. Hard left to the body by Provodnikov and a right to the head. Jab and right by Algieri is countered by a right from Provodnikov to end the round. Provodnikov, 10-9; Provodnikov, 39-35.
Round 5: Provodnikov hammers home an early left hook to the body on the ropes and then a couple of rights to the body. Right to the body by Provodnikov. Algieri still pumps the jab and follows with the right on occasion. Nice right hand and two hooks to the body by Algieri. Solid boxing and good movement. Hook by Provodnikov. Right to the body by Provodnikov. Right uppercut by AlgieriTwo right hands up the middle by Algieri, but he gets countered with a left. Algieri's face is starting to come apart. Hard left hook at the bell by Provodnikov. Provodnikov, 10-9; Provodnikov, 49-44
Round 6: Provodnikov continues to pressure to the body, even as he takes a three-punch combination starting with a right that swivels his head. Two solid left hooks by Provodnikov, although he takes a right and a left, and, later, a left uppercut. Two left hands by Algieri. Solid left to the body by Provodnikov on the ropes. Thudding right t the head and left to the body by Provodnikov. Left uppercut from Algieri. Two jabs by Algieri. Crowd is on his side, yet again. Three jabs by Provodnikov and a left followed by a right. Blood streaming from Algieri's nose, right eye is purple beneath and nearly closed. Provodnikov, 10-9; Provodnikov, 59-53.
Round 7: HBO's STEVE WEISFELD HAS IT FOR PROVODNIKOV, 59-53. Algieri's landing but not as hard as his more powerful adversary. The body shots are debilitating, but Algieri's taking them. Three huge left hooks by Provodnikov. Left and right by Provodnikov. This fight could be nearing its end. Another left and right by Provodnikov. Two left hooks by Provodnikov and another, even as Algieri landed in between. Provodnikov, 10-9; Provodnikov, 69-62.
Round 8: HBO's STEVE WEISFELD HAS IT FOR PROVODNIKOV, 69-62. More of the same in the eighth, with Provodnikov pursuing, and Algieri vanely trying to keep him off. Algieri's movement is admirable, as is his jab. He wins moments of the fight when Provodnikov is inactive. Solid left by Algieri. Provodnikov may be winded. Two right and a left by Provodnikov. Right hand by Provodnikov. Left by Algieri and a right. Left by Provodnikov. Algieri, 10-9; Provodnikov, 78-72.
Round 9: What heart and skill Algieri has. Provodnikov fires and lands a left and right to the ribs. Algieri's on his bicycle, jab and showing decent movement. Right and left by Algieri. Hard to believe Algieri was down in the fight. Three solid jabs by Algieri. Double-jab by Provodnikov. Hard right, left and right by Provodnikov. Double-jab by Provodnikov. Jab by Algieri and another. Right, left, right, left all to the head by Provodnikov. Triple-jab by Algieri, who has the crowd chanting his name, yet again. Algieri, 10-9; Provodnikov, 87-82.
Round 10: Five jab by Algieri early against one body shot by Provodnikov. Triple-jab by Algieri, right by Provodnikov. Another left hook by Provodnikov. Two jabs by Algieri, thudding left by Provodnikov. Two rights off the clinch by Algieri. Right by Algieri, who takes a solid left. Right, left, left, right by Provodnikov. Jab, jab and right by Provodnikov, who takes one in return. Algieri, 10-9; Provodnikov, 96-92.
Round 11: Two hard jabs early by Algieri. Right hand off the jab by Algieri. Up-jab and right hand by Algieri. Tremendous athlete. Right hand and left hook by Provodnikov. Right hand by Provodnikov. Left to the body by Algieri. Right to the head by Algieri. Hard left hook by Algieri. Algieri's right eye is completely closed, it appears. Left and right by Algieri. Left hook by Provodnikov. Left and right by Provodnikov. Left by Algieri. Game fighter. Jab by Provodnikov to end the round. Provodnikov, 10-9; Provodnikov, 106-101.
Round 12: Crowd is loudly behind Algieri, who absorbs some early punishment. Two jabs by Provodnikov. Right to the head by Provodnikov and a left to the body. Right to the body and left to the head by Provodnikov. Strong round so far. Two jabs and a right by Provodnikov, followed by a four-punch combination on the ropes. Left hook by Algieri. Right by Algieri, who takes a left hook. Right hand off the clinch from Algieri. Provodnikov, 10-9; Provodnikov, 116-110.
RINGTV.COM HAS IT FOR PROVODNIKOV, 116-110.