Provodnikov's Manager: Castillo is a Risky Fight

By Yuri Tarantin

Based on the recent circumstances, manager Vadim Kornilov indicates that Ruslan Provodnikov's likely opponent will indeed be former champion Jose Luis Castillo. Provodnikov returns on November 28 in Moscow. first reported last week that Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) was under consideration but it now appears the 40-year-old will likely find himself in the ring with "Siberian Rocky."

Kornilov tried to get other opponents but says the boxers priced themselves out.

"So far the most likely challenger to Ruslan is Castillo. With all of the other candidates, we tried to come to an agreement and we couldn't," Kornilov said. "For the Russian public, they will find it interesting. This is an outstanding athlete. Experts believe his fight with Diego Corales was one of the best in recent years. Also boxing fans remember his fight with Floyd Mayweather. Many believe that Castillo beat him in the first fight, but the judges decided otherwise. We are ready to fight him, but we want to make sure he was fully prepared for it and could make the required weight."

"We made proposals to Zab Judah, Shane Mosley and wanted to get revenge on Mauricio Herrera. These boxers, we offer them very high purses, double of what they can receive in the United States. They refused. I think that this is due to the fact that they are worried about their health. Ruslan has a very strong punch that can cripple an opponent. They understand it and they are afraid to come to Moscow. 

"Ruslan is motivated by fights where there is a risk of losing. With Castillo such risk is definitely there. After the fight in Moscow, Ruslan intends to regain the world title."

Yuri Tarantin covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Thomas_Hearns on 10-14-2014

This is a terrible fight. I hope his manager is joking.

Comment by FeFist on 10-14-2014

I don't understand how someone like Prov can be so respected when can is constantly shat on. The later took on challenges he could have avoided ( Maidana, Garcia and Peterson); the other gave a good account for himself, I…

Comment by microMXL on 10-14-2014

This is worst than Rod Salka for sure.

Comment by Bardock on 10-14-2014

lost a lot of respect for ruslan

Comment by Scott9945 on 10-14-2014

At least Rod Salka was young and in good shape. This is f*cking disgraceful.

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