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.
Abner Mares grew up poor and fending for himself in the streets but is now a married father of two girls and the wearer of championship belts in three divisions.
Undefeated heavyweight KO artist Deontay Wilder could be on a collision course with the winner of a Sept. 6 bout between Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola if he defeats Sergei Liakhovich on Friday.
The anticipated Sept. 14 Showtime Pay Per View event co-headlined by Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse will be joined by a third title fight between Ishe Smith and Carlos Molina, as well as a welterweight bout matching Ashley Theophane against Pablo Cesar Cano.
Featherweight Gary Russell Jr.: “When my career is over with, either I’ll become this great champion that everyone says that I have the potential to be, or I’ll be a prima donna…Half the people that criticize me, they can’t beat the people that I’m in the ring with anyway.”
Undefeated featherweight prospect Gary Russell said that a victory over WBC titleholder Abner Mares “would be a good notch to put under my belt.” Russell may be added to a Showtime-televised card headlined by Mares on Aug. 24.
Unbeaten three-division titlewinner Abner Mares on a potential matchup with prospect Gary Russell Jr.: “Whenever this fight with Gary Russell were to happen, we’ll find out then if I’m tailor-made for him.”