Philadelphia / Monte Carlo (October 19, 2015)--On Saturday, November 7th, former WBO junior welterweight world champion, Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov gets back in the ring when he takes on undefeated Mexican slugger, Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez.
The 10-round welterweight bout will headline the “Night of Champions” tournament event promoted by Rodney Berman's Golden Gloves Promotions and takes place at the Salle Des Etoiles in Monaco
“I am glad that finally I have a specific date and location for the fight! This will be a great experience for me because it's my first time fighting in Europe, and I heard Monte Carlo has a lot of boxing fans,” said Provodnikov. “I know that next year I will be back in the ring and the networks will finally have an opponent that will fight me and not just say they want to fight me. Hopefully we can make a rematch with Matthysse or a fight with Brandon Rios,which would both be great fights for the fans!”
Said Rodriguez, “I never thought I was going get a fight against Ruslan. He is one of my favorite boxers to watch so this is a great opportunity for me, and I want to make a splash. I'm training very hard because I want the world to know who I am.”
“Provodnikov is in great shape as he was in training,” said Golden Gloves' Rodney Berman, who reached agreement with Art Pelullo of Banner Promotions. “Provodnikov is all-action, a made-for-TV fighter who will add great value. I'm disappointed the Braehmer-Oosthuizen fight has fallen through, but I've been around long enough to know that such things are an occupational hazard.”
Said Arthur Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions, “I am excited to see Ruslan back in the ring with his new trainer Joel Diaz. We expect him to thrill the fans in Monte Carlo, much the same way he has all around the world. I want to thank my friend Rodney Berman for the opportunity to fight on this show, and this should be a great main event to a great a card.”
Provodnikov of Beryzovo, Russia has a record of 24-4 with 17 knockouts and is considered one of the most exciting fighters in the world today.
On November 28, 2014, Provodnikov stopped former world champion Jose Luis Castillo in five rounds in Moscow, Russia .In Ruslan's last bout, he lost a 12-round majority decision to Lucas Matthysse in a bout that is a front runner for Fight of the Year. The bout took place on April 18, 2015 in Verona, New York.
Alvarez of the fighting city of Los Mochis, Mexico gained the opportunity of a lifetime based on his record that reads 14-0 with 11 knockouts.
The 23 year-old upstart has has knocked out five of his last six opponents which includes his last bout when he made his American debut as he stopped Bryan Abraham in three rounds on February 20, 2015 in Verona, New York.
This event is exclusively distributed internationally by leading boxing rights distributor and sports marketing firm, Protocol Sports Marketing. The company is presently in conversation with top broadcasters worldwide to ensure that the November 7 telecast can be seen by sports fans everywhere.