Promoter Artie Pelullo calls newl WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov “the most exciting fighter in the business.” He wants the Russian bomber to face Tim Bradley in a rematch or the winner of Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios.
Ruslan Provodnikov’s mother traveled from Russia for what is both her first trip to the U.S. and the first time she will be ringside to watch her son as he battles Mike Alvarado on Saturday.
Ruslan Provodikov was one-half of one of the best fights so far of 2013, his brutal 12-round battle with Tim Bradley in March. The Russian bomber tells RingTV.com that his Saturday showdown with Mike Alvarado will be just as dramatic. “I think it will be another candidate for fight of the year,” said Provodnikov.
Juan Manuel Marquez said he was “scared of the judges more than” Tim Bradley during the post-fight press conference for their WBO welterweight title bout that Bradley won by split decision on Saturday in Las Vegas.
After training Miguel Cotto for last Saturday’s Delvin Rodriguez fight, Freddie Roach arrived to Manny Pacquiao’s gym in General Santos City, Philippines, on Thursday. Roach, who brought two sparring partners with him, will take over the final six weeks of Pacquiao’s camp for the Nov. 24 bout with Brandon Rios.
Three-division titlewinner Miguel Cotto is expected to arrive in Las Vegas on Thursday to discuss potential future fights with Top Rank, which promoted last his one-sided third-round TKO of Delvin Rodriguez last Saturday.
Ruslan Provodnikov: “During the Face Off, at least to me, I can’t say that this is the case for sure, but at least to me, it looked like Mike Alvarado wasn’t very confident.”
Fans share their thoughts and praise for Miguel Cotto’s third-round stoppage of Delvin Rodriguez and their harsh criticism for heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko’s dominant but ugly unanimous decision over Alexander Povetkin in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
Junior welterweight Dan Nazareno Jr. will fly from Manila to General Santos City on Monday to help Manny Pacquiao prepare for his Nov. 24 bout with Brandon Rios. Nazareno will replace middleweight Marlon Alta, who was reportedly knocked out by Pacquiao in a recent sparring session.
A deal has been reached for a catchweight five pounds above the original limit for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera on Saturday, raising questions of fairness and fighter safety. HBO’s Jim Lampley gives his take on the son of Mexico’s most famous boxer.
As late as Wednesday morning, the weight at which Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera was up for question, once again bringing up the question of Chavez’s discipline issues.