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Provodnikov Wonders If Algieri Is As Willing As He Is To Endure

BY Michael Woods ON June 13, 2014
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We hear boxers, every now and again, say that they are willing to die in the ring.

Ruslan Provodnikov, 139.8 at the Friday weigh-in, has said that before, so I asked his foe on Saturday night, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Chris Algieri, how hearing that affects someone.

"I really don't have a feeling about that," Algieri, who was 140 pounds at the Friday weigh-in, said. "He says that and I think all fighters have that in them. We take the biggest risks there are. I've said it time and time again, boxing is the best sport in the world for that reason, boxers take the biggest risks int he world. We should get recognized for that, we should paid for that. Ruslan says that in a way that's a little bone-chilling for most other people, but every fighter who hears that understands where he's coming from."

Provodnikov here says it remains to be seen whether Algieri is willing to submit himself to the same level of, perhaps, pain, and fatigue and the like which The Siberian Rocky is.

We shall see, Saturday night....Readers, your prediction please, in our Forum.

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Skibbz says:

We will find out the answers to all these questions soon. Does Algieri fully comprehend the barriers of pain and fatigue that Ruslan will push him toward? Is he willing to leave with a shattered body, to risk his life for the victory? It's easier said than done, it takes great courage that not everyone possesses to do such things...

Ruslan by R7 KO. Biggs Tyson is what it'll look like!

mortcola says:

Sensible bet is definitely on ALgieri. But the difference between your examples is that Algieri is faster than Provodnikov and averages 100 punches per round with a very good defense. Tyson Biggs is a good comparison for a number of fights, but in this case, the only thing that makes Provo a favorite is his much-hyped punching power. Chris not easy to get to, and he aces you pay with lots of leather for everything you try against him Algieri may lose, but if so, he will lose looking good, and Provo’s stoke will be a little lower.

Skibbz says:

Sensible bet is definitely on Provodnikov. But the difference between your examples is that Algieri is faster than Provodnikov and averages 100 punches per round with a very good defense. Tyson Biggs is a good comparison for a number of fights, but in this case, the only thing that makes Provo a favorite is his much-hyped punching power. Chris not easy to get to, and he makes you pay with lots of leather for everything you try against him. Algieri may lose, but if so, he will lose looking good, and Provo’s stock will be a little lower.


I believe you're grossly overstating Algieri's defensive capabilities. He is not a defensive wizard, his defence is slightly better than average at best. 100 punches per round, but how many land? How many do damage? How many deter his opponent from getting in? I have watched all the tape of Algieri I can find and I have see many gaping holes in his game. He is not someone who has boxed from a young age.

I have nothing against Algieri, but this is not his sport. He will find that out when Ruslan puts a world of badness and hurt on him tonight.

mortcola says:

Maybe you’re right. You’re one of the brighter writers here, maybe that’s an understatement. But I have personally shifted from detractor to admirer due to watching, live, his last 6 fights - not just gym work. If you asked me, based on fights from early 2013, I would have told you he’s an excellent kick boxer waiting for a rude awakening at the higher level of the pure boxing game. But I have seen that there was much more there that I never thought would emerge, I have seen gaping holes close up and subtle and large improvements take over. And, he’s been a dedicated fighter for many years. But its moot. He’s an underdog. But he is better than you think.

Skibbz says:

Maybe you’re right. You’re one of the brighter writers here, maybe that’s an understatement. But I have personally shifted from detractor to admirer due to watching, live, his last 6 fights - not just gym work. If you asked me, based on fights from early 2013, I would have told you he’s an excellent kick boxer waiting for a rude awakening at the higher level of the pure boxing game. But I have seen that there was much more there that I never thought would emerge, I have seen gaping holes close up and subtle and large improvements take over. And, he’s been a dedicated fighter for many years. But its moot. He’s an underdog. But he is better than you think.


Thanks for the compliment Mort. I love to be proved wrong because then at least I learn what's right. We're a few hours from finding out which of the two fighters we champion will come out on top. I understand he is a world class kick boxer but coming from a kick boxing background myself I'm always wary of guys trying to take those skills into the boxing ring. Sometimes he looks too much Muay Thai for me in the way he tightens up his defence and anticipates the blow. I don't like it.

I have said before Ruslan could potentially play the role of "ultimate gatekeeper" in the 140/147 classes. Whoever beats him will surely go on to be a great fighter because to beat Ruslan you must have something special. It's not so much a compliment to Ruslan but more an acknowledgement of what he brings to the table, and what his opponent must possess to beat him. If Algieri does it, I would applaud him for he has achieved an incredible achievement and fulfilled one of his dreams. If he loses, I would simply say he needs to get back to the drawing board and work on his skills both defensive and offensive. 1 loss doesn't mean a thing as I'm sure you know, no number of losses can really define a career so long as those losses are balance by great victories over tough opponents. As I wait for the fight to start, I'm getting more and more excited to see these two hungry men finally able to land blows on each other. This will be great!

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