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Ruslan Provodnikov To Consider Future: I Had No Hunger

VERONA, N.Y.  – John Molina outpunched Ruslan Provodnikov in an all-action fight by revealing a new weapon in his arsenal, a sharp and steady  jab.  Molina captured a surprising unanimous decision in a 12-round junior welterweight bout that featured fierce exchanges throughout Saturday on SHOWTIME from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Molina and Provodnikov promised a war, and they delivered.  But what surprised many was the volume of punches and effective jabbing from Molina (29-6, 23 KOs), a veteran more known for engaging in brawls than his boxing prowess.  Molina threw nearly 1,110 total punches, including 643 jabs compared to just 265 for Provodnikov, who failed to close the range on his naturally bigger opponent.

The judges agreed on nine of the 12 rounds, a relatively high percentage according to SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood.

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“Today the decision was the right one,” Provnikov said.  “Molina won the fight – he was better tonight.  Everything was scored the way it should have been.

“We expected that he was going to box, he was going to move.  We expected him to do that.  It wasn’t my night.  Maybe I don’t have the same hungriness as before.  I’m not going to make excuses, but it was hard for me to find my groove tonight.

“I don’t think it’s that (the layoff).  There are no excuses.  I lost the fight tonight.  I couldn’t find the hungriness.  I have to sit down and think of why that happened. I’m sorry if I disappointed.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by revelated on 06-13-2016

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;16783131]Which tyson fight is in your sig??? That's an awesome gif[/QUOTE] Mike Tyson vs. Reggie Gross. Gross was one of very few fighters to actually bring the fight to a prime Mike Tyson and I respected him for…

Comment by MasterPlan on 06-12-2016

[QUOTE=OctoberRed;16781000]So much for the big parade from Showtime. Hbo must be laughing their ass off[/QUOTE] SHO ain't trippin. This deal was really for Demetrius Andrade and other guys at Banner like Chris Algieri, Willie Monroe, ect. If Ruslan fights, good…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 06-12-2016

[QUOTE=revelated;16783052]Seems like exactly what Marquez did against Pacquiao. Certainly was Marquez in Round 12 against Bradley. But I get what you mean. The Arturo Gattis of boxing.[/QUOTE] Which tyson fight is in your sig??? That's an awesome gif

Comment by creekrat77 on 06-12-2016

Well there's always Algieri vs Provo 2 Seems to make since, I mean what else does either guy have going for them. Algieri has just lost at all 3 levels. If anyone needs a light touch, possibly Molina, its him.…

Comment by revelated on 06-12-2016

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;16782889]I'm talking about the guys that come straight forward, eat two punches to land one.. Marqeuz is not that type of fighter[/QUOTE] Seems like exactly what Marquez did against Pacquiao. Certainly was Marquez in Round 12 against Bradley.…

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