Provodnikov: Win over Castillo is First Step Back To Title

By Ryan Burton caught up with former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3)  who is only two days away from his fight against former light weight champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12).  The fight, which takes place in Moscow, will be Provodnikov's first fight in his native Russia since his unanimous decision victory over DeMarcus Corley in 2011. 

Despite criticism for facing a past his prime Castillo, Provodnikov said that he trained very hard for the fight and that he expects Castillo to give a great fight.

"Training camp went great! I am ready for anything this Friday. I say anything because I should expect anything from a great warrior with over 70 fights.  People underestimate him because of his age but any fight that he trains seriously for can make him a dangerous opponent, and I think this is one of them," Provodnikov told

The Siberia native said that he didn't get a chance to see last week's Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri fight but he wasn't surprised by the result.  Provodnikov lost a controversial split decision to Algieri in June.

"I didn't watch it, but I heard what happened in the fight. It was just what I though would happen," Provodnikov explained.

As for Friday's fight against Castillo, Provodnikov simply said, "This is my return fight after my controversial loss. I will return victoriously and in the next fight I will become a world champion again."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by El-blanco on 11-27-2014

[QUOTE=Golden Boi 360;15136114]Roy Jones still fighting 60 year old Rourke fighting Kimbo Slice vs Ustinov Castillo-Provo Salka-Garcia Taylor getting a title shot crazy[/QUOTE] Microcosm of how ridiculous boxing is.

Comment by Suckmedry on 11-27-2014

I seriously worried for Castillos health, as i think everyone should be. its been 7 years since hatton completely bodied him and he was clearly not meant to be fighting at this level anymore.

Comment by Golden Boi 360 on 11-26-2014

Roy Jones still fighting 60 year old Rourke fighting Kimbo Slice vs Ustinov Castillo-Provo Salka-Garcia Taylor getting a title shot crazy

Comment by St. Johns Gent on 11-26-2014

i'm concerned for Castillo's health, Provo is a beast, an animal, a wolverine, a damn psycho and he's gonna shred Castillo to pieces......i hope i'm wrong, i don't wish castillo any bad but this fight is dangerous for him, he's…

Comment by SouthPawHitman on 11-26-2014

Who's older,Castillo or Rourke?

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