Provodnikov Draws Viewers

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Philadelphia, PA (April 22, 2015)–For his fourth consecutive fight on HBO, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov garnered over 1 million viewers.

Ruslan's fight with Lucas Matthysse averaged 1.243 million viewers and peaked at an outstanding 1.380 million viewers for the clash, which is now a leading candidate for 2015 Fight of the Year.

The bout comes on the heels of Provodnikov's three previous appearances on the network, where he drew 1.2 million (peaked at 1.4 million) for his 2013 Fight of The Year with Timothy Bradley; his WBO title winning effort against Mike Alvarado that drew 1.232 million viewers; and his controversial split decision loss to Chris Algieri which drew 1.046 million and peaked 1.1 million viewers.

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“Ruslan again showed he is a huge attraction,” said Banner Promotions President Artie Pelullo. “He is without a doubt the most entertaining fighter in boxing today, and it is proven by the ratings for every one of his fights.”

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-oubobcat :

Provodnikov does draw viewers. He is a testament that if you fight in a crowd pleasing style fans will continue to clamor to see you regardless of whether you win or lose. Provodnikov has lost recently to Bradley, Algieri and Matthysse. Yet his stock today has never been higher. I do think his people need to preserve him a bit and give him some easier fights. But that is probably unlikely as he is one of Banner Promotions last fighters and well with Haymon having bought up the network tv dates Ruslan does not have the liberty of fighting say on ESPN against a 2nd or 3rd tier type opponent. He could go to Russia and fight as a one off thing again but Banner is going to feel financial pressure quickly to get him back on HBO. And back against a tough fighter who would make an action fight with him. I think there are two immediate fights HBO would be very interested in and pay some very good money. One is Brandon Rios but I don't see that as likely right away given the war Provodnikov was just in. Provodnikov-Rios would be knock down drag em out. We all know that. Also, that fight can be made anytime and still have significant interest. So why ruin the fighters when they are still somewhat in their primes. It makes more sense to make that fight when each are starting to slow. So the fight I think we see next for Provodnikov is Mauricio Herrera. They fought once and Herrera won in controversial fashion. Ironically, Herrera got the nod here in a close fight. Herrera deserves a big fight but given the tough tests he gave Danny Garcia and Jose Benavidez there are not a lot of 140 pounders willing to get in the ring with him. But there is one for sure that won't back down from a challenge and that is Provodnikov. This fight is very makeable as Herrera is with Golden Boy and Provodnikov with Banner and they just worked together to make Matthysse-Provodnikov. For Herrera, it'd be a big opportunity on HBO. For Provodnikov, he is back on HBO against a guy who is awkaard yes but is a lighter puncher who Provodnikov already had a lot of success against earlier in hs career (for the record I had Provodnikov winning the fight with Herrera by a close margin). And for HBO, its a chance to make a very good fight while not breaking the bank or the budget. It makes sense and I think we see it this fall.


-stormcentre :

Good breakdown. Tough, face first fighter are a dime/dozen in this sport. Sure they pull crowds. But they crash and burn pretty fast too. Provo will be burnt soon, unless he learns defence or starts fighting guys that he can, with relative ease, beat. It's that simple. Anyway, the good thing is that he has made some money now. Rios V Provodnikov would be a good fight. As would be Provodnikov V Garcia; if Danny could get control of his weight.


-Yogo :

I hope Ruslan's made enough to quit real soon. I love the guy but fear he's already took too much punishment. I just can't see how he's going to learn defence at this stage. Either that or match him with Paulie!


-stormcentre :

I hope Ruslan's made enough to quit real soon. I love the guy but fear he's already took too much punishment. I just can't see how he's going to learn defence at this stage. Either that or match him with Paulie!
I, too, doubt that Provo will (meaningfully) learn defence at this stage of his career. I agree with your sentiments though. He's taken a fair amount of facial punishment already. I can't imagine Paulie wanting to fight him, but hey you never know; we live in an Amazing world.


-riverside :



working on the rematch, this is the picture from the first fight.


-stormcentre :

Nice "aftermath" photo.


-riverside :

Nice "aftermath" photo.
Feather fisted and all MH still made damage


-stormcentre :

Feather fisted and all MH still made damage
MH is a good - actually very crafty, skilled and determined - boxer. Provo, though, really needs to - if not learn the finer aspects of defence - then learn when to keep your hands up; at least as a means to get in. That is, if you must all but totally abandon your jab; as he seems to do.


-riverside :

MH is a good - actually very crafty, skilled and determined - boxer. Provo, though, really needs to - if not learn the finer aspects of defence - then learn when to keep your hands up; at least as a means to get in. That is, if you must all but totally abandon your jab; as he seems to do.
Thanks for the kind words storm! MH thrives of the support and reads these forums. Hopefully we at back soon vs Marhysee or Ruslan, since Haymon is keeping away from DLH fighters.


-stormcentre :

Thanks for the kind words storm! MH thrives of the support and reads these forums. Hopefully we at back soon vs Marhysee or Ruslan, since Haymon is keeping away from DLH fighters.
Mucho respect for MH then. I like the kid. Plus, his game has got some nice sneaky moves. His resilience should pay off, as he already knows that he is either at - or above - the level of some guys walking around their with Championship straps on their waist. Uncrowned champion in my view.


-oubobcat :



working on the rematch, this is the picture from the first fight.
That was one of Herrera's best performances to me. The reason is that his eye swelled up and he not only fought through it but fought well against Provodnikov who was just bringing the pressure. It was a great fight that really doesn't get discussed in boxing circles as much as it should. I'd love to see a rematch on boxing after dark where both guys are paid what they deserve and see another great fight.


-riverside :

That was one of Herrera's best performances to me. The reason is that his eye swelled up and he not only fought through it but fought well against Provodnikov who was just bringing the pressure. It was a great fight that really doesn't get discussed in boxing circles as much as it should. I'd love to see a rematch on boxing after dark where both guys are paid what they deserve and see another great fight.
oubo, a rematch would be awesome in a neutral place MH was not about to go to Russia when the rematch was offered to him recently, i'll be bias and think MH will beat him convincingly when they fight again, I believe Ruslan has taken more punishment and slipped a bit more than MH. BUT Ruslan can change a fight or end it with one punch in his favor . Hopefully it happen soon and both get a good payday.


-oubobcat :

oubo, a rematch would be awesome in a neutral place MH was not about to go to Russia when the rematch was offered to him recently, i'll be bias and think MH will beat him convincingly when they fight again, I believe Ruslan has taken more punishment and slipped a bit more than MH. BUT Ruslan can change a fight or end it with one punch in his favor . Hopefully it happen soon and both get a good payday.
I totally agree about a neutral place. I cannot blame Herrera one bit for not taking the rematch in Russia. I think this would make a great HBO boxing after main event at the Stub Hub Center. The fans would get behind the fight too and this would sell a lot of tickets at such a venue and draw some very impressive ratings for HBO.