Provodnikov Leaves To Russia For Castillo on 11/15

By Ryan Burton

Vadim Kornilov, manager of Ruslan Provodnikov, has advised that the former WBO junior welterweight champion and his team will leave for Russia on November 15th.  Provodnikov faces former champion Jose Luis Castillo on November 28th. 

Provodnikov has faced criticism for facing Castillo but Kornilov insists that Provodnikov is taking the faded veteran seriously.  Provodnikov's team had unsuccessfully tried to secure fights against Mauricio Herrera, Zab Judah, and others before settling on Castillo.

"I am at the gym everyday!" Kornilov told "He is looking very motivated and focused.  He is taking this fight as seriously as any other fight. You never know what such a great veteran fighter with over 70 fights can bring on fight night.  We know that Castillo is only 5-6 pounds over the weight limit three weeks before the fight and he is training hard and taking this fight very seriously.  I think it will be a real interesting fight on November 28th in Russia."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-13-2014

This is the business side of boxing we all hate.

Comment by SonofZorro on 11-12-2014

Why all the hype for Provo who isn't that good and is a slow plodding boxer who takes abuse well but beating Average Alvarado and Bald bradley isn't much. Letting a poor average dance queen ballerina in Chrissie Algieri last…

Comment by ИATAS on 11-12-2014

No respect for Ruslan. There are a million bums to fight out there to choose from. You're not fooling anyone because Castillo is a "name".

Comment by BoxingLaw on 11-12-2014

I just don't know how to feel about this fight. You'd think that there are plenty of challenges out there for Ruslan but Castillo?! At least Castillo has had a good year so far but does he deserve a Ruslan…

Comment by MDPopescu on 11-12-2014

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;15094421]Disgusting. Worst fight of a disappointing year.[/QUOTE] Lately, fights on Russian soil are at least exotic -- in order to use an euphemism... :)

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