The proverbial ball is in Bam Bam's court. Team Provodnikov, led by manager Vadim Kornilov, tells TSS they are aiming to have The Siberian Rocky back in the ring in November, and would be overjoyed to have Brandon Rios standing across from Ruslan on that date, and on HBO.
"We're working on it," Kornilov told me. "As soon as Rios gets over his fears of Ruslan, we will make the fight. His promoter and manager already said in the press they want to do the fight. A November date is being is being discussed, no site has been planned yet, but we are okay to fight anywhere but the opponent's hometown!"
So, Rios is the most likely foe for Rocky/Ruslan? "I think it is very likely for the Rios fight to happen, if he's not going to back out," Kornilov told me. "Everybody is all for the fight."
I don't see Rios as the timid or backing out type. I reached out to him for a response, friends.