Provodnikov Reacts To Herrera's Interest in Rematch

By Ryan Burton

After his technical decision victory Saturday over Hank Lundy, Mauricio Herrera (22-5, 7KOs) stated that he wanted a big fight next. In an article by's Francisco Salazar, his targets are Lucas Matthysse and a rematch with Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17KOs) whom he defeated via unanimous decision in 2011.

When told of Herrera's comments, Provodnikov said that he wants a rematch with Matthysse, who he lost a close decision to in a 2015 "Fight of the Year" candidate. The April 18th fight was an all out brawl in which both fighters received heavy damage.

Provodnikov said that he wasn't impressed with Herrera's performance but that if the fight made sense, he would face him after fighting Matthysse again.

"Right now I'm focused on getting a rematch with Matthysse! It's a fight that I know I lost and there is no question about the decision. I know that next time our fight will be even better than the first one and I know that people would watch the fight.

"I was at the Herrera-Lundy fight live. I didn't see much from Herrera. Lundy won almost every round and to me he looked like the prospect and Herrerra looked like the opponent that night.  I would fight Herrera any time after Matthysse if it made sense and if that's what everybody wants to see," Provodnikov told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SalimShady1212 on 07-16-2015

[QUOTE=Damiens;15880303]Sounds to me like he doesn't want it. What it sounds like to me: "Do you want the Herrera rematch?" "Uhhh..yeah...after I uh...rematch Matthysse" "why not now?" "because he, uh, he looked bad and Lundy looked good and he looked…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 07-16-2015

Prov needs a couple easier fights before getting himself all f***** up again, the man has a death wish, Rios is the fight we want!

Comment by Synbad on 07-16-2015

I thought the first Provo - Herrera fight should have been a draw. Didn't see anything amazing to call the fight for either fighter. Had Hammering Hank beating Herrera in thier fight. I think both fights need rematches. just saying....

Comment by Damiens on 07-16-2015

Sounds to me like he doesn't want it. What it sounds like to me: "Do you want the Herrera rematch?" "Uhhh..yeah...after I uh...rematch Matthysse" "why not now?" "because he, uh, he looked bad and Lundy looked good and he looked…

Comment by lefthook2daliva on 07-16-2015

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;15879303]Herrera needs to talk Danny into a rematch not Prov.[/QUOTE] This. And Provodnikov should fight Malignaggi. Dude is gonna' sound like James Toney if he continues to fight big punchers by leading with his face (and much sooner).

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