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Provodnikov's Promoter Responds To Arum's Comments

By Rick Reeno

Artie Pelullo, CEO of Banner Promotions, reached out to BoxingScene.com to respond to some recently published comments from Bob Arum, the CEO of Top Rank.

Former junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16KOs) has complained about his inability to secure HBO televised fights against several names in Arum's vast stable.

When BoxingScene's Radio Rahim questioned Arum about Provodnikov's complaints, the veteran promoter indicated that Pelullo was difficult to deal with.

"The problem is, it's been difficult dealing with his promoter. I don't think his promoter has done him any favors. Ruslan is a very, very crowd-pleasing guy and I think there are a lot of spots where he would figure. But the promoter has to realize that people are paying the fighter, and they are not paid so that he puts a lot of money in his [own] pocket," Arum told BoxingScene.com.

According to Pelullo, Arum personally informed him that Jessie Vargas, Timothy Bradley, Diego Chaves and Brandon Rios were "off the table" for Provodnikov. 

Provodnikov is now scheduled to return as the headliner of a November 28th event in Moscow, Russia.

"Today I saw a video interview of Bob with Radio Rahim. And here is my response to Bob's interview. I do truly love Bob. He states in the interview that Ruslan's promoter is more worried about himself than Ruslan's career. I have spoken to Top Rank directly, and [Arum] has categorically told myself and HBO - that Tim Bradley, Brandon Rios, Vargas and Chaves are off the table for Ruslan Provodnikov," Pelullo told BoxingScene.com.

"So yes we are going to be making big fights for Ruslan Provodnikov. And there were no big fights [in the United States] for Ruslan from now until the end of the year. Bob had told me and he told HBO, that none of his four big names were fighting Ruslan. So what we did is go to Russia, because Ruslan can make more money in Russia than being on a co-feature in the United States, and he's the main event [in Russia] on [cable network] Russia 2, in front of about 15,000 people."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jbpanama on 10-21-2014

[QUOTE=raymosr;15041889]Arum is poison to boxing. He really needs to move on.[/QUOTE] Uncle Bob, Never met a Dollar, He didn't want to Squeez...

Comment by KTFO on 10-21-2014

[QUOTE=big_james10;15041540]Has anyone noticed that, even though Arum and GBP are supposedly working together again, no fights have been scheduled between the two promoters' fighters. In fact, the only fight that they are even talking about doing together is Cotto/Alvarez and…

Comment by raymosr on 10-21-2014

Arum is poison to boxing. He really needs to move on.

Comment by -PANDA- on 10-21-2014

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;15041819]Damn as if Arum couldn't make Rios vs Provodnikov?! That would have been huge in the states.[/QUOTE] rios doesn't want it, he said he'd fight him for the right money but I don't see prov becoming a bigger draw any…

Comment by deanrw on 10-21-2014

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;15041819]Damn as if Arum couldn't make Rios vs Provodnikov?! That would have been huge in the states.[/QUOTE] Yeah but Rios is damaged goods. Arum knows it. Putting him in with Provo would be leading his guy to the slaughter house.…

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