Ruslan Provodnikov 'Honored' People Now Know About Him

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – The honesty with which Ruslan Provodnikov speaks is about as admirable as his fearless, ferocious style inside the ring.

As much as his unforgettable battle with Timothy Bradley and winning the WBO junior welterweight title from Mike Alvarado changed his life, Provodnikov views himself as the same unkown underdog he was before he fought Bradley nearly 15 months ago in Carson, Calif. And now that the rugged Russian brawler has reached boxing’s biggest stage, Provodnikov believes it is his obligation to continue inspiring people from his native Siberia and beyond.

The 30-year-old Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) will try to continue doing that Saturday night, when he’ll headline HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader from Barclays Center in a 12-round fight against unbeaten Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs), of nearby Huntington, N.Y.

“It’s an honor to have people know about you and care,” said Provodnikov, who’ll make the first defense Saturday of a championship he won by annihilating Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) on Oct. 13 in Broomfield, Colo. “A kid that used to smoke, that used to drink, that used to do a lot of stupid stuff is now somebody that’s respected, somebody people want to be like and they look up to. To me, that’s unbelievable. That’s an achievement for me. That’s what’s important to me because I want to show this example to people and prove that they can do anything. I’m just a kid from a small, small village [where] people usually don’t go anywhere. But I’ve achieved what I’ve achieved. Why can’t other people?”

Provodnikov still lives in Beryozovo, Russia – a tiny community of about 7,000 people. A fitness complex that’ll be named after Provodnikov is under construction there and is expected to open by mid-2015. Provodnikov intends to work at the facility as a trainer, both with children and adults.

“To me, that’s my greatest achievement,” Provodnikov said, “that I’m able to give back to my community and to my people.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ARENA on 06-14-2014

Provo by KO in 24 hours :boxing:

Comment by Suckmedry on 06-14-2014

This guys becoming one of my favourite fighters. His efforts in the ring are exceptional and his humble attitude makes him even more likeable. Can't wait to see him drop bombs tomorrow.

Comment by Hougigo on 06-14-2014

[QUOTE=NachoMan;14659731]TBH, you sound like a real douche bag. If you ever ask me for my autograph, I'll probably say no too.[/QUOTE] From what i've seen him post... he probably just threw a pen and paper at Ruslan and called Ruslan…

Comment by betmen on 06-14-2014

[QUOTE=drenlou;14658991]He turned me down for a picture and autograph back in 2007, since then i didnt like the guy and plus he cries to damn much, and thinks he gets robbed in every fight! There you go.[/QUOTE] :lol1: You just…

Comment by SlySlickSmooth on 06-13-2014

Ruslan da people's champ

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