By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Ruslan Provodnikov: “I am a hunter when I am in the ring.”
WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) is a potential opponent to fight WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in his next fight. But first Provodnikov, a native of Siberia, must first successfully defend his title against ‘The Pride of Huntington,’ Chrsi Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) on Saturday, June 14, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
HBO will televise Provodnikov-Algeri on ‘Boxing After Dark,’ along with Demetrius-Andrede’s WBO jr. middleweight title defense against Brian Rose as the co-featured bout.
“Algieri seems like a smart man and I expect him to be a smart boxer. We’ll see how practical his boxing theories are in the ring on Saturday. “I do not have any special rituals. I only believe in myself and my abilities.”
In 2013, Provodnikov moved up in weight to challenge Timothy Bradley. Provodnikov scored three knockdowns, but fell short on the scorecards of a disputed decision. It was one of the very best fights of last year. Provodnikov returned to 140 in October to defeat Mike Alvarado for the WBO title.
“If I have to die in the ring to win, that is what I will do,” said Provodnikov, winner of 5 of his last 6 by KO. “Is Algieri willing to do the same? He had better or he will not defeat me.”
Algieri is a graduate from Stony Brook University (2007), holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management, and a Masters Degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 2010. He will have the hometown advantage, as he is from nearby Huntington, Long Island. Algieri will be more than motivated to put on a memorable show for everyone in attendance.
“A lot of my friends and fans from my hometown will be coming to my fight,” Algieri said. “Barclays Center and Brooklyn already feels like second home to me.”
Provodnikov doesn’t care about any sentiments that Algieri may have. He is simply going to bring the fight to his challenger.
“I do not like fighting boxers who do not engage, like Algieri, but I am used to it,” said the champion. “I will chase him and hunt him down. I am a hunter when I am in the ring.”
Having led Miguel Cotto to become the first Puerto Rican to win a world title in four separate weight divisions by dethroning Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez for the WBC middleweight championship at Madison Square Garden last Saturday, Freddie Roach will be in Provodnikov’s corner providing instruction.
“He may be undefeated, but Chris Algieri has never faced anyone like Ruslan,” Roach said. “He may be a good student in school, but Ruslan will be teaching Algieri a crash course on how to lose on Saturday night. Ruslan is going to pour everything he has into this fight. His sole mission is to turn out Algieri’s lights. Algieri has a degree in nutrition and claims to be on a healthy diet. We’ll see how well he digests the rights and lefts Ruslan serves up to him on Saturday.”
Promoted by Banner Promotions and Top Rank®, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, remaining tickets to the Provodnikov-Algieri world championship event, priced at $31, $56, $86, $106 and $206, can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.