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Ruslan Provodnikov: No Letdown in Facing Chris Algieri

by David P. Greisman

Junior welterweight titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov had been hoping for another big fight to kick off his 2014, given that his 2013 started with the “Fight of the Year” loss to Timothy Bradley and then his title win over Mike Alvarado.

He didn’t get another major star opponent for his next bout. Instead, he’s facing Algieri, an undefeated prospect who will be appearing on HBO for the first time. But Provodnikov says there’s no letdown in facing Algieri in the main event of this Saturday’s card airing from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“It’s another big fight for me, and it’s another big challenge, because it’s my first defense of the title, so it’s very important for me to perform the way I should perform, and the way that’s expected of me,” Provodnikov told a group of reporters on June 7. “I’ve been very motivated through this camp, and I feel like this is another fight just like my previous two fights.”

Provodnikov, 30, is 23-2 with 16 knockouts. Algieri, 30, is 19-0 with 8 knockouts.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by john_uphold on 06-11-2014

Watching Algieri talk about being a "master boxer" is one thing, but watching his trainer talk about why he feels Algieri has a chance is pure comedy... 1st off, props to Maidana, but Mayweather made the fight look close for…

Comment by bigjavi973 on 06-11-2014

[QUOTE=Goethe914;14653205]Algieri better stop with this master boxer nonsense because he is far from it ...he is 19-0 thats not enough to call yourself a master boxer he is in for a rude awakening ...who was the best person he fought…

Comment by Goethe914 on 06-11-2014

[QUOTE=bigjavi973;14653188]Im going for provodnikoff on this one. I think he should have won the bradley fight via 1st round tko... That wasn't a slip and bradley couldnt get up. Ref started telling him, "stop messing around". Im like, hes not…

Comment by bigjavi973 on 06-11-2014

[QUOTE=Goethe914;14653063]Chris Algieri and his trainer Tim Lane are confident that he's prepared to shock the world when he fights heavy favorite Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14. Algieri says he'll be a "master boxer" and win the WBO 140-pound title.... keep…

Comment by Goethe914 on 06-11-2014

Chris Algieri and his trainer Tim Lane are confident that he's prepared to shock the world when he fights heavy favorite Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14. Algieri says he'll be a "master boxer" and win the WBO 140-pound title.... keep…

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