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Ruslan Provodnikov is Still Leaving The Door Open For a Return

By Luke Furman

Former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia has not yet decided on the continuation of his career.

The last time the Provodnikov saw action was back on June 11, 2016, and since that moment that boxer has not yet announced his retirement. And he continues to leave the door open for a potential comeback.

"At the moment I'm officially taking a break, but for how long - I don’t know. You need to understand why there should be a reason to risk your health. When you are hungry, you don’t ask yourself this question. But when you are full - for the sake of money and fame, you should never go to the ring. So right now I'm involved in a slightly different activity, motivating young people, engaging in political public activities," said Provodnikov to tass.

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During the last Provodnikov entered the ring, he lost a unanimous decision to John Molina on points.

This defeat was the fourth for the Siberian puncher in his last seven fights.

He won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight world title in October 2013, after defeating beltholder Mike Alvarado by technical knockout in the 10th round.

But he lost the belt in his very next fight, losing to another US representative, Chris Algieri, on points, in a major upset at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Provodnikov received the greatest amount of fame after he moved up in weight to fight for the WBO welterweight title with Timothy Bradley, who lost on points. It was the Fight of The Year, with Bradley nearly getting stopped at more than one moment in the contest.

As far as the record of Provednikov, he has 25 wins (18 by KO), and 5 defeats.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Disturbed on 04-11-2019

Haven't thought of it, but now that it has been mentioned, Maidana vs Provodnikov would be fireworks!!

Comment by Mexican Bidness on 04-11-2019

he should be on DAZN! WAR DAZN!

Comment by yoshik on 04-11-2019

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19649256]Feels like he's been gone longer than 3 years. At this point he should stay retired doe. Guy is 35 & hadn't had a legit guy W for 6 years now. Save the brain cells Ruslan. Keep doing w/e…

Comment by yoshik on 04-11-2019

One of the best entertaining fighters of the last decade. He and Mancini would have been awesome had they been in the same era! Ruslan gave 100%.

Comment by Scopedog on 04-11-2019

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;19648687]Ruslan messed up when he openly admitted that boxers with movement give him problems lol[/QUOTE] Honestly that’s putting his issues as a fighter too lightly. Anyone with even the most elementary boxing skills has what it takes to beat him.…

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