Provodnikov: I Said I'd Force Alvarado To Fight My Fight

By Ryan Burton caught up with Ruslan Provodnikov shortly after his 10th round TKO victory over Mike Alvarado.  The newly crowned WBO junior welterweight champion said that even though he entered the fight as the underdog, he knew that he would leave the ring with his hand raised.

"I was very confident in myself.  I knew that I had a great training camp and I was very confident that I would win and it showed," Provodnikov stated.

In the lead up to the fight, Alvarado said that he planned on using the same boxing style that he had used to defeat Brandon Rios in their rematch this past March. He said that Provodnikov wouldn't be able to bait him into the firefight that he lured Tim Bradley into in their fight earlier this year.

The 29-year-old Provodnikov said that he knew all along that he would be able to dictate the fight and that he would be able to get inside and hurt his opponent.

"I said that I was going to fight my fight.  That is my style.  I can fight open and take a few shots and still be able to land my punches.  I fought how I always fight," Provodnikov explained.

The contest was fought on fairly even terms before the Russian took over the second half of the fight with his relentlessness.  Alvarado went down twice in the 8th round and Provodnikov said that he knew it was just a matter of time before he finished him off.

"I saw that he was wearing down.  I said before the fight that it wouldn't be a technical fight, that it would be a fight of will and character and tonight I was able to break his will," said Provodnikov.

Provodnikov refused to say who he wants to fight next, saying only that after his grueling training camp and the exhausting fight that he wanted to take a nice break.

"I don't want to talk about future opponents.  I need to take a vacation and get a rest and let my body rest.  I gave my all in this fight like I do in all my fights and I need to let my body recuperate," Provodnikov told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by waxfondler on 10-24-2013

[QUOTE=TheMexHurricane;13868942]Ruslan loses to and couldn't make Mauricio Herrera fight his fight but he almost kills Bradley and Alvarado? Hmm........ Freddy "the Magician" Roach's fighters sure have a knack for suddenly becoming super men. :thinking::thinking::thinking: Alvarado needs to hire Ariza and…

Comment by Nomadic on 10-23-2013

That he did, and a good job at it.

Comment by TheMexHurricane on 10-23-2013

[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;13867938]Yeah Prov really did a great job on Alvarado..I can't lie,I did not believe he had it in him..The dude fought a great fight..Much respect Prov congrats you deserve it..[/QUOTE] Ruslan loses to and couldn't make Mauricio Herrera fight his…

Comment by TheMexHurricane on 10-23-2013

[QUOTE=PETUFF;13867731]Marquez should be the next ??:boxing::boxing:[/QUOTE] Dang, that would be good. Rios would be cool too if his fight vs Pacroid ends in a 1st or 2nd round TKO. If Rios is in a war he would be even more…

Comment by El Angel on 10-23-2013

Hope he fights Rios next, regardless of how he does against Manny.

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