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Provodnikov: I Would Be Really Tough For Mayweather

By Edward Chaykovsky

Hard-hitting WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov is confident that he could present a very tough challenge to WBC/WBA welterweight king Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26KOs).

Provodnikov liked what he saw in Marcos Maidana's spirited effort against Mayweather earlier this month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Maidana gave Mayweather fits and lost a close twelve round majority decision. Provodnikov feels he can do just as good, if not better, than Maidana.

"Yes I did watch the fight, it was a great fight. I’m very impressed with Maidana in his last two fights, he does a great job. If I fought Floyd, I’ve said before that I think that we would have a great fight. I definitely know that I wouldn’t do less than Maidana, maybe more, we have similar styles but I think I can hurt Mayweather and I think it would be a really tough fight for him," Provodnikov told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

"We’ll see what happens, I don’t want to get too much into dreaming right now — right now it’s only part of a dream because right now there’s no fight negotiated yet. Once the fight is negotiated at some point, then we can definitely talk more precisely about the way the fight would go."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Foreign Soil on 06-15-2014

[QUOTE=DempseyRollin;14664816]u really cant be that dumb. MAIDANA FIGHTS NOTHING LIKE RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV. PERIOD. they are vastly different fighters. go reread the thread where i explained that to u. its really not hard to understand if u sat down and actually…

Comment by VG_Addict on 06-15-2014

[QUOTE=Foreign Soil;14664815]Ruslan isn't beating Floyd, but he'd hurt and bother him early. Maidana bothered Floyd without the jab early.[/QUOTE] Floyd would know better than to stand and trade with Provodnikov. Provodnikov would eat counters all night.

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 06-15-2014

[QUOTE=Foreign Soil;14664812]Why couldn't Floyd do that against Maidana? Alexander did far better against Maidana, Algieri would too. Floyd would get rocked early like he did against Mosley.[/QUOTE] u really cant be that dumb. MAIDANA FIGHTS NOTHING LIKE RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV. PERIOD.…

Comment by Foreign Soil on 06-15-2014

[QUOTE=VG_Addict;14664811]You need a good jab to beat Floyd. Does Provodnikov even have a jab?[/QUOTE] Ruslan isn't beating Floyd, but he'd hurt and bother him early. Maidana bothered Floyd without the jab early.

Comment by Foreign Soil on 06-15-2014

[QUOTE=DempseyRollin;14664798]yes they fight differently in that one is clearly vastly superior to the other in every single category. no matter how u spin it, u fall flat on your face. floyd could quite easily emulate every single thing algieri did…

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