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Roach Felt it Was Hometown Cooking in Ruslan Loss

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

Freddie Roach, trainer for Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16KOs), felt there was hometown cooking from the two judges who scored the fight, 114-112, for Chris Algieri (20-0, 8KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The third judge had it 117-109. Algieri was down twice in the first round and his right eye was swollen shut by the eight round of the contest.

"The two local judges did vote for the local boy, and the one judge had it by a margin of [eight] points [for Ruslan] and HBO had it by nine or ten [for Ruslan], so yeah I am [saying it was a hometown decision]," Roach said.

But, Roach does not regret the team's decision to face Algieri, a big ticket seller in New York, on his home turf. Roach does want a neutral venue if a rematch comes about.

"It was a good offer [to fight in Brooklyn]. I had Miguel Cotto fighting here [in New York] last week. It was a pretty good situation. We were here for two weeks and acclimatized to the East Coast. I think somewhere neutral or maybe we'll do a rematch in Russia," Roach said.

"Winning and losing is part of life. This what makes us a better fighter. This is how we grow. We are going to improve and make it more clearer next time we fight this guy."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Check on 06-17-2014

Provo lost, get over it. Most of the public agrees so obviously not a hometown decision.

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 06-17-2014

[QUOTE=SlySlickSmooth;14666368]Cmon, Provo be showing up at Brooklyn Nets games and its a homecooking :lol1: Even HBO said it themsleves during commentary this fight was a push towards marketing a Russian fighter out in Brooklyn because of the Russian population. From…

Comment by ~BoZz~ on 06-17-2014

Roach is a fkn idiot,shakey should keep his mouth shut,he's losing his brain day by day..his rubbish boxer got out boxed like a lil b1tch and he knows it ,roach is a joke of a coach..punch drunk bum trainer

Comment by A-Wolf on 06-17-2014

[QUOTE=hitking;14666210]Right. A guy who fights in a in about a 1500 seat ballroom got a favorable decision over the most recent wet dream of a growing idiot based of uneducated fight fans. Makes sense.[/QUOTE] :lol1: [COLOR="White"]..........[/COLOR]

Comment by Realboxingfan1 on 06-17-2014

[QUOTE=Flaco-N13;14668935]DUDE my bad I meant knock down. Need I say "MOORE". What an idiot MOORE MOORE[/QUOTE] Lmao .the stupid is still in you,even with your correction ,because you score a knockdown automatically you win the fight right that's what your…

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