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Brandon Rios, Ruslan Provodnikov Ordered For WBO Belt

By Miguel Rivera

The World Boxing Organization has ordered junior welterweights Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15KOs) to fight for the vacant WBO championship. If either Rios (now ranked at one) or Provodnikov (ranked at two) refuse to accept the fight, then the WBO will go down the chart for the highest ranked available contender.

The WBO has told their respective promoters to begin negotiations. Mike Alvarado was the number one ranked contender, but he was knocked off a few weeks ago by Rios (ranked at four at the time) by way of a seventh round knockout.

The belt will become vacant because Juan Manuel Marquez is moving up in weight to challenge Manny Pacquiao for a fourth time on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez and Pacquiao will fight for a special WBO "Champion of The Decade" title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by King_ on 10-27-2012

[QUOTE=ElBossHogg;12640910]that fight aint hurt him none. this is probably his first real war with someone who can probably punch with somewhat of power he can feel. so naw I say that fight aint take nothing out of him.[/QUOTE] Wouldn't call…

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 10-27-2012

Just keep Rios from any fighter with the skill to box him for a total of 12 rds,and Rios will go far in this business...

Comment by ElBossHogg™ on 10-27-2012

[QUOTE=SpeedKillz;12641808]he's not a caveman, I'll give him that, but he does not have anything in his arsenal that is good. he throws ugly wild bombs, hoping they land, and they usually do, because he brings out the "machismo" in fighters…

Comment by $BloodyNate$ on 10-27-2012

Bob Arum makes no sense he wants to let go matchups like lopez-gamboa build up for 20 tuneups while one of them gets derailed. Yet wants to rush Rios into pacqiuao damage him early making him move up to early…

Comment by macman on 10-27-2012

Great matchup if it happens - Provodnikov looks vulnerable to the uppercut, which is Rios's best punch, but Rios has looked very limited on the outside & Provodnikov has a very solid outside game, especially if he uses that strong…

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