By Steve Kim
On June 11th from the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York, former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov makes his Showtime televised debut against John Molina. Now the rest of the broadcast is starting to come together.
A source has advised BoxingScene.com that a junior middleweight contest between Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15KOs) and Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15KOs) is in the works, as is a middleweight bout between Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6KOs) and Avtandil Khurtsidze (32-2-2, 21KOs).
Andrade, the former WBO 154-pound titlist, who just recently re-upped with Banner Promotions and Star Boxing, was supposed to have faced Charles Hatley as part of the WBC tournament but they were unable to strike a deal with Hatley, who just signed a promotional deal with Don King.
Nelson was in the ring earlier this month and blew out Jonathan Batista in two rounds. Andrade finally broke his inactivity streak last October, when he returned to the ring and stopped Dario Pucheta in two rounds at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. It was his first bout since June of 2014.
Monroe was last seen in May, where he was halted in six by Gennady Golovkin. Khurtsidze recently bludgeoned the previously undefeated Antoine Douglas in twelve round on March 5th.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.