Provodnikov Wants Quick Return, Eager For Redemption

By Luke Furman

Former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16KOs) is looking for a swift return to the ring after suffering a twelve round split decision loss to Chris Algieri on June 14th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. There was a lot of controversy over the outcome, with many experts divided on which fighter actually deserved the victory.

"Physically, I feel just fine - for me the fight was sparring. [Algieri] did not cause any damage on me - you saw everything - Chris ran from me for twelve rounds. As for my morale, after I arrived in Russia I heard plenty of things from those who gloated. I want to quickly return to the ring. I will prepare for new fights and I will tell [those same] people after my victory - they were wrong [about me]," Provodnikov told Catherine Losetskaya.

"I'd like to meet with Marcos Maidana or Brandon Rios. If my team will agree on these battles, I'm sure the audience will see a real fight and not a marathon."

Prior to the fight with Algieri, Provodnikov discussed the possibility of walking away from the ring for a little while to explore a political career in his country, but last month's loss has lit a newfound motivation to make things right in the ring.

"Yes, I thought about leaving the ring and taking on another career. I was offered the position of becoming a deputy in Ugra, to defend the interests of the indigenous population. I was interested, but after the loss to Algieri if I walked away now it would disappoint all of the people who believed in me. I guess it was still too early to talk about retirement. After the loss, I realized that I have a lot of work to do - I have to fight, to win title and maybe then leave. I really want to prove that this defeat was nothing more than an accident."

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-02-2014

[QUOTE=TLC8;14720187]And he'd knock out Brandon Rios in 3 rounds. Maidana is tied up with Floyd next. But I would love to see Provo train for either Algie or Rios. Especially on the heels of getting screwed on the last decision.…

Comment by TLC8 on 07-02-2014

And he'd knock out Brandon Rios in 3 rounds. Maidana is tied up with Floyd next. But I would love to see Provo train for either Algie or Rios. Especially on the heels of getting screwed on the last decision.…

Comment by C-SHO on 07-02-2014

Nothing about this suprises me, more crying from Prov. Sorry to have to break this to you Prov, but that wasnt running it was boxing. Maybe you should learn how to do it.

Comment by T.M.T on 07-02-2014

Hopefully this guy gets a knew trainer and get taught how tonfight different style. Everybody does'nt fight the same. A one dimensional fighter with a one dimensional trainer is a recipe for disaster.

Comment by September 13th on 07-02-2014

This guy is not playing around. I think he will win by KO in a rematch.

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