Provodnikov-Rios In the Works?

BY Michael Woods ON July 22, 2014
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Provodnikov

Ruslan Provodnikov didn’t have his best night on June 14, against Chris Algieri. He was the Siberian Rocky in round one, when he sent the Long Islander to the mat twice, and looked to be on his way to a quickie defense of his WBO 140 pound crown. But Algieri hung in there, adapted, and went back to the Island with a brand new belt.

Ruslan didn’t agree with the decision, to put it mildly, and protested that he put the hurt on the “winner,” a guy who seemed to want to move more than engage.

That issue is in the rear view mirror now, even though the shadow of the loss still pops up now and again. Ruslan’s next is now up for discussion, and I checked in with manager Vadim Kornilov, the youthful but all-business dealmaker for the Siberian banger. What’s next for Rocky?

“The plan is to fight on HBO in November,” Kornilov told me. “We are looking for an opponent. But I am very interested in matching Ruslan with Brandon Rios.”

Makes good sense to me, stylistically and politically. We shall see what HBO thinks…

Rios first has some business to attend to on Aug. 2; the 31-2 hitter meets 23-1 Diego Chaves in Vegas on Aug. 2. That bout will be shown on HBO.

Rios needs a win, I’d say. He’s lost back to back bouts, to Mike Alvarado and Manny Pacquiao, and a three fight slide would be quite depressing. The Argentine Chaves impressed in a losing effort (KO10) to Keith Thurman last July, and rebounded with a TKO3 win over 31-13 Juan Godoy in February, on his home turf. Rios is the favorite, but not overwhelmingly so…....so I see clear-ish sailing if all the powers that be want to make Provodnikov-Rios. But this is boxing, so we shall have to keep tabs on all the players, right? You guys like this potential scrap?

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oubobcat says:

I love the fight but before we can seriously think about it Rios has a tough challenge in front of him next week. How about Provodnikov faces the winner of Rios-Chaves?

One thing not being discussed a lot but should be is how much bigger a man that Chaves is than Rios. Rios fought much of his career around Jr. Lightweight and Lightweight. Only recently did he come to Jr. Welterweight and then to Welterweight (well 145) for his last fight against Pacquiao. Chavez has fought primarily his whole career at Welterweight and even ventured some to Jr. Middleweight.

We all know Rios likes to exchange and is more than willing to take a few punches to give a few of his own. But in the past he was absorbing punches from Lightweight and Jr. Welterweights. Chaves is a big punching Welterweight. How will Rios respond if he gets in an exchange and gets hit flush by a big natural hard punching Welterweight? Will Rios' power be the same at 147 against a natural Welterweight? Personally, I favor Chaves and think he pulls the upset. He takes Rios' punches better than Rios takes his and gets a stoppage.

The Good Doctor says:

This sounds weird, but I hope for Rios sake, that Chaves crushes him to the point that possibility of the Provodnikov fight is off. Rios has shown me that he is a one dimensional hype job. He does not hit hard, he has no defense, and Garcia is doing nothing to help this kid. He has taken beatings whether in victory or defeat from Alvarado twice, Pac, and Abril. His pressure style is more to his detriment than his advantage and if he fights Ruslan, it could end up being a life altering fight. Provodnikov basically rearranged Algieri's face with one punch, imagine a guy taking punches like that for twelve rounds.

Radam G says:

I'm going with Bam Bam. On Chaves, he is gonna put da silly slam. Chaves is a Thanksgiving in July turkey ham.

It is not much difference in the power between the divisions of lightweight and welterweight. Forever lightweights have been coming up to welter and weren't affected by the sting.

Those that jump out are Homicide Hank Armstrong, Roberto Duran, Sweet Pea Whitaker, Big Money Oscar, Sugar Shane Mosley and Money May. Bam Bam is not in their league, but I don't wanna name the little knowns. Holla!

oubobcat says:

I'm going with Bam Bam. On Chaves, he is gonna put da silly slam. Chaves is a Thanksgiving in July turkey ham.

It is not much difference in the power between the divisions of lightweight and welterweight. Forever lightweights have been coming up to welter and weren't affected by the sting.

Those that jump out are Homicide Hank Armstrong, Roberto Duran, Sweet Pea Whitaker, Big Money Oscar, Sugar Shane Mosley and Money May. Bam Bam is not in their league, but I don't wanna name the little knowns. Holla!


I think it does in this case though. Rios fought most his career at 135 and even lower at times. He has just recently come up to 140 and now 147. Chaves is not a guy who started his career at say Jr. Welterweight and moved up. He has never fought below Welterweight and even ventured into Jr. Middleweight territory. And Chaves is a big puncher. I think this is going to be a good one but the power and strength of Chaves will break Rios down round by round. This is not going toe to toe with Mike Alvarado, Chaves is bigger and hits harder. In a thriller, I see Chaves winning by stoppage.

Radam G says:

I think it does in this case though. Rios fought most his career at 135 and even lower at times. He has just recently come up to 140 and now 147. Chaves is not a guy who started his career at say Jr. Welterweight and moved up. He has never fought below Welterweight and even ventured into Jr. Middleweight territory. And Chaves is a big puncher. I think this is going to be a good one but the power and strength of Chaves will break Rios down round by round. This is not going toe to toe with Mike Alvarado, Chaves is bigger and hits harder. In a thriller, I see Chaves winning by stoppage.


On a gentleman bet, I bet that Bam Bam convincingly whup Chaves's arse. Bam Bam has always been a welterweight sweated down to lightweight. He's now where he should've been years ago. Holla!

Skibbz says:

I just spoke with Artie and he matched what Vadim said, he did say that he's not meeting answering machines when calling about Ruslan which is a good sign too. When I get more word I'll let you guys know.

Also all those names RG just mentioned reminded me that the Lightweight division is my favourite...

oubobcat says:

On a gentleman bet, I bet that Bam Bam convincingly whup Chaves's arse. Bam Bam has always been a welterweight sweated down to lightweight. He's now where he should've been years ago. Holla!


Gentleman bet it is...I will say this too. I have been looking forward to this fight since it was made. I don't see anyway that these two are not exchanging leather from round one. It will be a fun one to say the least.

The Commish says:

How could you not like this fight. Did you like Provodnikov v Mike Alvarado? You certainly did. Well, this will be even better...even more fast-paced...even more exciting.

Rios has said he hates it when guys keep moving and running against him. Provodnikov said he cannot stand guys who refuse to engage. In that case, Rios and Provodnikov may fall in love the night they fight.

Rios is gonna' come forward. Provodnikov is gonna' come forward

Then...

Bring it on!

-Randy G.

amayseng says:

Rios will never be the same if he fights The Russian.

SamuraiSam says:

How could you not like this fight. Did you like Provodnikov v Mike Alvarado? You certainly did. Well, this will be even better...even more fast-paced...even more exciting.

Rios has said he hates it when guys keep moving and running against him. Provodnikov said he cannot stand guys who refuse to engage. In that case, Rios and Provodnikov may fall in love the night they fight.

Rios is gonna' come forward. Provodnikov is gonna' come forward

Then...

Bring it on!

-Randy G.


Oh yeah, baby...like Rios previously said about his enjoyment of fighting, he's in for multiple ORGASMS! LOL

thegreyman says:

Been waiting for this fight for a while now. One guy who loves to dish it out, and another who adores taking it...

Heads down and start swinging lads!

My money's on Provo though, in a battle like this it comes down to power, chin and grit, and Provo has a serious edge in all three.

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