Provodnikov To Fight Jose Luis Castillo

Ruslan Provodnikov to take on Jose Luis Castillo in a battle of former world champions on Friday, November 28 in Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia / Philadelphia (November 12, 2014)–On Friday November 28, former world champions will collide when “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov squares off with Jose Luis Castillo in a 12-round Welterweight bout at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow,

The fight is promoted by Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and World of Boxing LLC

“I’m happy to be fighting at home! It’s been three years, and I’m ready for war with Castillo! Hope to see all my fans in Moscow on Nov. 28th!” said Provodnikov

Provodnikov will be making a homecoming as it will be his first fight in his native Russia since December 5, 2011.

Provodnikov of Beryozovo, Russia has a record of 23-3 with 16 knockouts and is the former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion.

He is considered the most exciting fighter in the sport due to his crowd-pleasing style.

Provodnikov won his first seventeen bouts as he defeated many quality opponents.

On March 16, 2013, Provodnikov took on undefeated WBO Welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.Provodnikov beat and battered Bradley to the point where Bradley suffered a concussion and was sent to the canvas in the final seconds of the bout

The fight made Ruslan a one of boxing’s “Cant Miss” stars. Unfortunately, Bradley won a debated split decision in what was the 2013 Fight of the Year.

Since that bout, there has been a major push for the rematch, but Provodnikov has been turned down several times by Bradley. Bradley has stated on more then one occasion that he will never get into the ring with Provodnikov again.

Provodnikov would not be denied as in his very next bout he won the WBO Jr. Welterweight title with an emphatic 10th round stoppage over Mike Alvarado in Alvardo’s hometown of Broomfield, Colorado.

Provodnikov dropped Alvarado twice in round eight, which were the first two times in Alvarado’s career that he ever tasted the canvas. Provodnikov continued to batter Alvarado until he could no longer take any more punishment and he quit on the stool in the bout which took place on October 19, 2013.

Provodnikov is coming off a controversial split decision defeat to undefeated Chris Algieri, in a bout that saw Ruslan drop Algieri twice in round one and badly closed Algieri’s eye. Most ringside observers and the audience watching on HBO thought the verdict should have gone to Provodnikov.

Castillo of Mexicali, Mexico is a two-time WBC Lightweight world champion who has made five total defenses and has been in several memorable bouts.

He has a record of 66-12-1 with 57 knockouts,

He captured the WBC Lightweight title on June 17, 2000 with a 12-round majority decision over Stevie Johnston (30-1). He defended the title with a draw with Johnston and then he scored a 6-round stoppage over Cesar Bezan & Seung-Ho Yuh (13-1).

In April 20, 2002, Castillo was denied a victory that most believed he deserved when he pushed Floyd Mayweather to the limit before being on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. Eight months later, Castillo fought a rematch with Mayweather and lost another unanimous decision in a bout where the scores were even closer than their first encounter.

On June 5, 2004, Castillo regained the WBC Lightweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Lazcano. He defended the title with a 12-round split decision over Joel Casamayor and a 10th round stoppage over Julio Diaz.

On May 7, 2005, Castillo and Diego Corrales engaged in what most think is one of the greatest fights of all time. They fought an epic battle that saw Corrales and Castillo wage an inside battle for the ages. In the memorable 10th round, Castillo sent Corrales to the canvas twice. Only to see, Corrales, with his left eye closed, comeback and landed a barrage of punches on the ropes before referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight.

Castillo got even in the rematch by stopping Corrales in the 4th round of the rematch.

Castillo has continued to fight and defeat top opposition and is on a two-fight winning streak and in his last bout, he defeated Jose Luis Payan (12-1-1) via 5th round stoppage on May 30 in Nogales, Mexico.

“I am very excited to have Ruslan fight back in Moscow. Ruslan is one of the biggest stars in the sport of boxing. He will be fighting in front of his countrymen in a sold-out arena against a great former world champion in Jose Luis Castillo. I want to thank Andrey Rybinski for all his help and it has been a pleasure to work with him and his staff,” said Banner Promotions President Artie Pelullo.

An American television outlet will be announced shortly.



-Radam G :

Wow! JLC will quit on the stool after about three or four. TSR wanted a stiff so that tSR could do his thing. Holla!

-StormCentre :

Holy truck Batman they have dug up and revived Castillo just to send him to his grave again !!!!!!! A brilliant evenly matched fight that all the fans can enjoy. I appreciate the fact that Castillo needs the cash, but seriously though, what punch in the book will Provodnikov not hot Castillo with? I'm with you on this one RG.

-the Roast :

A disgusting mismatch. Where did they even find JLC in a fucking crypt?

-Skibbz :

This has got to be the worst matchup this year in my opinion. Not the fault of these two fighters, they will fight whatever's put in front of them. I spoke to Artie two months ago and he said both he and Vadim were chasing fighters offering a substantial amount of prize money but were hitting dead ends at every turn. If you ask me, Ruslan is a '3 loss' undefeated fighter. He's been robbed 3 times, and whilst fighting stateside has been a blessing for the majority of his career, it's recently left a sour taste in his mouth. Therefore it's completely understandable that he wants to fight in front of his nation's fans. He's a regular on TV, in the papers and often paraded with the Kremlin top brass at big sporting events and ceremonies. He wants a fight at this stage of his career in front of his fans back home, where they can see him maul an opponent in the flesh. We can be sure Castillo won't get any homecooking too, not because of the judges' bias but because the fight simply won't last long enough for their cards to come into play. It's a shame they've brought out an old zombie to the dance but that's shame on the multitude of supposed no fear fighters who turned down six figure pay days. I hope Castillo leaves the fight as he enters it, but there will be no mercy or remorse on account of his age from the Mansi Mauler.

-StormCentre :

Ruslan will crack Castillo so had and often it won't be funny. It will remind Jose of how long it has been since he was a young, fit and capable fighter.

-amayseng :

I hope JLC does not seriously get hurt, permanently .

-Radam G :

I hope JLC does not seriously get hurt, permanently .
He won't. I expect for him to quit on the stool. But if the powers that be told him that his $25,000 purse will be reduced if he did, he will front a knockout in about four or five rounds. Holla!

-Yogo :

What a disgrace. I'm sure every fight fan agrees. Punters should make it clear and not turn up for this abomination.