Ruslan Provodnikov Arrives in Moscow

Moscow, Russia (November 17 2014)— Former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) arrived in Moscow for his fight with former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KO’s) that will take place on November 28 at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow.

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

Provodnikov was joined by his team which includes manager Vadim Kornilov and trainer Marvin Somodio.

An American television outlet will be announced shortly.

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COMMENTS

-Hammer Hands :

This is one of those fights that has zero appeal, and a huge risk of being too sad to watch. - I'll pass for sure on this one.


-the Roast :

Disgusting mismatch.


-Skibbz :

It's unfortunate that it's JLC, but no one else was after the fight so this is what it is. It'll be over by 2. Davai Ruslan!


-Froggy :

It's unfortunate that it's JLC, but no one else was after the fight so this is what it is. It'll be over by 2. Davai Ruslan!
Right on Skibbz, time to cash out, just hope no serious damage done !


-amayseng :

It would be nice to see the Russian carry JLC for a few rounds and give him the option to quit on his stool instead of get knocked out in disturbing fashion..


-Skibbz :

I can't see Ruslan showing any mercy to his opponent in the ring, from what I've heard he will look to make certain his victory in future fights... It's going to be a rough night for JLC but that's the nature of our sport.


-Froggy :

It would be nice to see the Russian carry JLC for a few rounds and give him the option to quit on his stool instead of get knocked out in disturbing fashion..
That would be nice, Ruslans stable mate Pacquiao would do something like that, but unfortunely I don't think Ruslan is made that way, we'll see !


-Skibbz :

That would be nice, Ruslans stable mate Pacquiao would do something like that, but unfortunely I don't think Ruslan is made that way, we'll see !
In Beryozovo there's no mercy for the young or old. Everyone is human and everyone has to fight just to survive. They have tough hearts that don't sympathise too easily.. That said Ruslan is a nice person outside of the ring, but inside he's only got one thing on his mind and that's his job.


-oubobcat :

No reason for this fight and why they could not have found a different opponent. Castillo is totally shot. But he will still try to stand and trade with opponents. And that could be a big problem here as Provodnikov would welcome an early slugfest. I just hope the referee is watching very closely and takes into consideration the version of Castillo that is stepping into the ring. And ready to jump in very quickly. I mean very quickly.


-stormcentre :

Does anyone know what kind of present shape JLC is currently in?


-amayseng :

Does anyone know what kind of present shape JLC is currently in?
Good question. I can not believe they could not find some young up and comer.


-stormcentre :

I mean, he wasn't exactly in top shape when he fought Hatton. And that was a while ago now. Hard to think he's stayed in the gym, since then. :)


-Skibbz :

I don't think he'll be coming in great shape but he's a fighter and he took the fight. A lot of so called fighters turned down 6 figures and declined the fight. This will be a KO w for Provo but he may not look so good for beating on a man way past his sell by date. Ruslan and his team's eyes are firmly set on a big 2015, with world championship fights.


-Hammer Hands :

This is one of those fights that has zero appeal, and a huge risk of being too sad to watch. - I'll pass for sure on this one.
I'm going to call myself out on this one.... How is this fight any different than Kovalev vs. BHOP? The only difference is that we didn't think Bhop would get old overnight, - but he did. I noticed Hopkins had turned into an old man by the first minute of the first round. His movement was stiff, his reflexes were slow, he couldn't pull the trigger. None of that made me turn away from watching an old past prime fighter get pummeled by a young lion, I stayed glued to the set and enjoyed the fight! **I'm not saying Kovalev won because Hopkins got old, I think Kovalev has the style that would beat any version of BHOP** So why are we so quick to dismiss Castillo, but we couldn't wait to see 49yr old BHOP in the same perilous situation? Is it because we dislike Hopkins? (I kind of did, but actually like him now). Is it because we already believe Castillo is shot? (Isn't it possible he has started a comeback? He has two wins this year and is now back down to welterweight). Provodnikov has shown he can be out boxed, Castillo has shown he can be great, I've changed my mind and now hope to see a great fight and will be cheering for Castillo.


-Skibbz :

I'm going to call myself out on this one.... How is this fight any different than Kovalev vs. BHOP? The only difference is that we didn't think Bhop would get old overnight, - but he did. I noticed Hopkins had turned into an old man by the first minute of the first round. His movement was stiff, his reflexes were slow, he couldn't pull the trigger. None of that made me turn away from watching an old past prime fighter get pummeled by a young lion, I stayed glued to the set and enjoyed the fight! **I'm not saying Kovalev won because Hopkins got old, I think Kovalev has the style that would beat any version of BHOP** So why are we so quick to dismiss Castillo, but we couldn't wait to see 49yr old BHOP in the same perilous situation? Is it because we dislike Hopkins? (I kind of did, but actually like him now). Is it because we already believe Castillo is shot? (Isn't it possible he has started a comeback? He has two wins this year and is now back down to welterweight). Provodnikov has shown he can be out boxed, Castillo has shown he can be great, I've changed my mind and now hope to see a great fight and will be cheering for Castillo.
Sounds like you found enlightenment all by yourself, congrats. Can't help but buy your argument HH, it's a good sell, although I won't be cheering for Castillo!


-amayseng :

I'm going to call myself out on this one.... How is this fight any different than Kovalev vs. BHOP? The only difference is that we didn't think Bhop would get old overnight, - but he did. I noticed Hopkins had turned into an old man by the first minute of the first round. His movement was stiff, his reflexes were slow, he couldn't pull the trigger. None of that made me turn away from watching an old past prime fighter get pummeled by a young lion, I stayed glued to the set and enjoyed the fight! **I'm not saying Kovalev won because Hopkins got old, I think Kovalev has the style that would beat any version of BHOP** So why are we so quick to dismiss Castillo, but we couldn't wait to see 49yr old BHOP in the same perilous situation? Is it because we dislike Hopkins? (I kind of did, but actually like him now). Is it because we already believe Castillo is shot? (Isn't it possible he has started a comeback? He has two wins this year and is now back down to welterweight). Provodnikov has shown he can be out boxed, Castillo has shown he can be great, I've changed my mind and now hope to see a great fight and will be cheering for Castillo.
You don't get old overnight you get old in the gym. Hopkins is constantly in the gym if he didn't have it anymore he wouldn't have signed the contract. Secondly Hopkins beat two champions this last year and looked good doing it. Jlc has probably been on the couch the last few years. Hopkins got clobbered by the first right Han that landed on him and hit the deck which made him hesitant of pulling the trigger. Kovalev is a monster the credit goes to him.


-Hammer Hands :

You don't get old overnight you get old in the gym. Hopkins is constantly in the gym if he didn't have it anymore he wouldn't have signed the contract. Secondly Hopkins beat two champions this last year and looked good doing it. Jlc has probably been on the couch the last few years. Hopkins got clobbered by the first right Han that landed on him and hit the deck which made him hesitant of pulling the trigger. Kovalev is a monster the credit goes to him.
Like I said, Kovalev beats any version of Bhop, I'm not taking anything away from Kovalev he did everything right. Hopkin's spoiler technique isn't going to work on someone that is so accurate, effective, and patient. Hopkins needs guys that go a little crazy and fight themselves into traps - Kovalev is a very calm and collected hunter that isn't going to look bad against a spoiler. Hopkins showed his age in that fight, I've watched most of his recent fights, and this is the first time he looked old. He was stiff - the mobility wasn't there. Hopkins can normally come uncoiled like a cobra and strike very fast, but he was too old for it that night. I'm sure he has good days and bad days like any older man. Regardless of how crisp other people thought Hopkins looked, you can't deny that his brain was 49yrs old and taking punishment. As the brain ages, it shrinks and the blood vessels lose elasticity. This means the brain is likely to move more upon impact, and the vessels are more likely to break. Castillo on the other hand is younger, in worse shape, but younger. My favorite bird dog died on her last hunt. She was too old to be out chasing birds, but leaving her home when she knew I was hunting was down right torture for her. She collapsed and died doing the thing she loved most, and I'll always feel great about that. If that's how Castillo wants to go, who am I to tell a warrior he can't go out on his shield?


-Skibbz :

Like I said, Kovalev beats any version of Bhop, I'm not taking anything away from Kovalev he did everything right. Hopkin's spoiler technique isn't going to work on someone that is so accurate, effective, and patient. Hopkins needs guys that go a little crazy and fight themselves into traps - Kovalev is a very calm and collected hunter that isn't going to look bad against a spoiler. Hopkins showed his age in that fight, I've watched most of his recent fights, and this is the first time he looked old. He was stiff - the mobility wasn't there. Hopkins can normally come uncoiled like a cobra and strike very fast, but he was too old for it that night. I'm sure he has good days and bad days like any older man. Regardless of how crisp other people thought Hopkins looked, you can't deny that his brain was 49yrs old and taking punishment. As the brain ages, it shrinks and the blood vessels lose elasticity. This means the brain is likely to move more upon impact, and the vessels are more likely to break. Castillo on the other hand is younger, in worse shape, but younger. My favorite bird dog died on her last hunt. She was too old to be out chasing birds, but leaving her home when she knew I was hunting was down right torture for her. She collapsed and died doing the thing she loved most, and I'll always feel great about that. If that's how Castillo wants to go, who am I to tell a warrior he can't go out on his shield?
You've got birds? Do you train them yourself? I was in Kazakhstan and Mongolia a few years back.. Eagles hunting wolves and foxes trained to go for the neck so as to not damage the hide. Was a spectacular thing to behold, very fond memories. Also you're right, the brain does shrink and we start losing cells from around the mid 20s, a process much sped up by taking blows to the brain box. Hopkins still managed an incredible feat of reaching the 12 rounds but he's a wily old veteran fox who will not be put down. He showed his age when he fought the way he did but who could blame him? We still applaud him for not only taking the fight but reaching the final bell without any serious damage. Same won't be said about JLC in a fortnight.


-amayseng :

Like I said, Kovalev beats any version of Bhop, I'm not taking anything away from Kovalev he did everything right. Hopkin's spoiler technique isn't going to work on someone that is so accurate, effective, and patient. Hopkins needs guys that go a little crazy and fight themselves into traps - Kovalev is a very calm and collected hunter that isn't going to look bad against a spoiler. Hopkins showed his age in that fight, I've watched most of his recent fights, and this is the first time he looked old. He was stiff - the mobility wasn't there. Hopkins can normally come uncoiled like a cobra and strike very fast, but he was too old for it that night. I'm sure he has good days and bad days like any older man. Regardless of how crisp other people thought Hopkins looked, you can't deny that his brain was 49yrs old and taking punishment. As the brain ages, it shrinks and the blood vessels lose elasticity. This means the brain is likely to move more upon impact, and the vessels are more likely to break. Castillo on the other hand is younger, in worse shape, but younger. My favorite bird dog died on her last hunt. She was too old to be out chasing birds, but leaving her home when she knew I was hunting was down right torture for her. She collapsed and died doing the thing she loved most, and I'll always feel great about that. If that's how Castillo wants to go, who am I to tell a warrior he can't go out on his shield?
I agree you only get one life do what you love as long as you can.


-SouthPaul :

Freighting match up. Truly.