Ruslan Provodnikov

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Ruslan Provodnikov
Real name Ruslan Provodnikov
Nickname(s) Siberian Rocky
Rated at Welterweight
Light Welterweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (167.5 cm)
Reach 168 cm (66 in)
Nationality Russian
Born (1984-01-20) January 20, 1984 (age 31)
Beryozovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 27
Wins 24
Wins by KO 17
Losses 3
Draws 0
No contests 0

Ruslan Provodnikov (Russian: Руслан Проводников; born January 20, 1984) is a Russian professional boxer in the Light Welterweight division and is a former WBO Light Welterweight Champion.

Early life[edit]

Ruslan Mikhailovich Provodnikov was born in Beryozovo, a small village in Siberia to an ethnically Russian father and an ethnically Mansi mother. He would regularly make the ten-hour trip to Ekaterinburg to train at a gym that was something closer to what a professional boxing gym should be.[1] As an amateur he won 130 of 150 fights.[2] He was discovered in Ekaterinburg by his current promoters and managers, who brought him to the U.S.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Provodnikov fought several times on ESPN 2's Friday Night Fights and developed a reputation for being an exciting, albeit fairly one-dimensional, pressure fighter. He scored a decision win over Demarcus Corley and lost a controversial decision to Mauricio Herrera. Provodnikov's manager Vadim Kornilov introduced him to Hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach who saw potential in Provodnikov. In 2012 Provodnikov began training at Roach's Wild Card Gym and had several sparring sessions with Manny Pacquiao, considered by many at the time to be the best boxer in the world pound for pound.[3] Provodnikov improved tremendously under Roach's tutelage, scoring KOs against David Torres and Jose Reynoso.

Provodnikov vs. Bradley[edit]

Provodnikov lost a close unanimous decision to Timothy Bradley on March 16, 2013, for the WBO welterweight championship. Provodnikov was considered an easily beatable opponent for Bradley, who was looking for a confidence booster after beating Manny Pacquiao in what was deemed one of boxing's worst decisions. Bradley came out on the attack early, fighting in an uncharacteristically aggressive fashion. Provodnikov made him pay, however, tagging him with hard shots in the first round, and staggering him in the second. Bradley said after the fight that he was concussed by a shot Provodnikov hit him with in the second round.[4] Bradley boxed more conservatively as the fight wore on, winning most of the middle rounds. In the last round, Provodnikov Bradley hurt badly again but Bradley took a knee with just seconds remaining, beating the count and hanging on to win the fight on points. Bradley was impressed by Provodnikov's power and will, saying "he's going to be a world champion someday".[4] The fight was named "2013 Fight of the Year" by Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America.[5][6]

Provodnikov vs. Alvarado[edit]

Moving back down to junior welterweight to fight Mike Alvarado for the WBO Junior welterweight belt. Provodnikov defeated Mike Alvarado by 10th-round stoppage on October 19, 2013, at the FirstBank Center in Denver, Colorado. Provodnikov was ahead on all three scorecards and had knocked Alvarado down twice in the eighth round. Alvarado then elected to not come out for the eleventh round.[7]

Provodnikov vs. Algieri[edit]

Provodnikov faced little-known American Chris Algieri in the first defense of his title on June 14, 2014, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Provodnikov connected with a left hook in the first round that knocked Algieri down and formed a large swelling under the challenger's right eye. Despite scoring two knockdowns in the opening frame, Algieri's footwork and boxing skills prevented Provodnikov from getting into range to land his shots. Provodnikov would go on to lose a controversial split decision.[8]

Professional boxing record[edit]

24 Wins (17 knockouts, 7 decisions), 3 Losses (0 knockouts, 3 decisions), 0 Draws[9]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Argentina Lucas Matthysse N/A - (12) 2015-04-18 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
Win 24–3 Mexico José Luis Castillo TKO 5 (12), 0:50 2014-11-28 Russia Luzhniki, Moscow
Loss 23–3 United States Chris Algieri SD 12 2014-06-14 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York Lost WBO Light Welterweight title.
Win 23–2 United States Mike Alvarado RTD 10 (12), 3:00 2013-10-19 United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado Won WBO Light Welterweight title.
Loss 22–2 United States Timothy Bradley UD 12 2013-03-16 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California For WBO Welterweight title.
2013 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
Win 22–1 Mexico Jose Reynoso KO 2 (10), 1:52 2012-06-29 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California Retained WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight title.
Win 21–1 United States David Torres TKO 6 (10), 2:53 2012-01-27 United States Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Washington Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight title.
Win 20–1 United States DeMarcus Corley UD 12 2011-12-05 Russia DIVS, Yekaterinburg Won vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight title.
Win 19–1 Mexico Iván Popoca KO 8 (10), 2:16 2011-04-15 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win 18–1 Russia Vyacheslav Yakovenko TKO 3 (6), 2:43 2011-02-20 Russia Viktoria, Berezovo
Loss 17–1 United States Mauricio Herrera UD 12 2011-01-07 United States Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada For vacant IBF North American Light Welterweight title.
Win 17–0 Uzbekistan Fayzullo Ahmedov UD 6 2010-10-16 Russia Trading-Entertaining Center "Alatyr", Yekaterinburg
Win 16–0 United States Emanuel Augustus TKO 9 (10), 1:50 2010-05-21 United States Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Win 15–0 Mexico Javier Jauregui TKO 8 (10), 2:10 2010-02-12 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win 14–0 Argentina Victor Hugo Castro KO 2 (12), 0:30 2009-11-28 Russia CSKA VVS Arena, Samara Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight title.
Win 13–0 Uzbekistan Mahsud Jumaev RTD 2 (6), 3:00 2009-10-24 Russia Sverdlovsk Film Studio, Yekaterinburg
Win 12–0 United States Esteban Almaraz UD 6 2009-03-20 United States Laredo Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas
Win 11–0 Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Matazimov UD 6 2009-02-21 Russia Tennis Centre, Khanty-Mansiysk
Win 10–0 Russia Sergey Starkov UD 10 2008-11-03 Russia Beryozovo
Win 9–0 China Wang Jie TKO 3 (8) 2008-08-22 China Olympic Village, Beijing
Win 8–0 United States Brian Gordon UD 6 2008-05-16 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7–0 Puerto Rico Jose Angel Roman TKO 1 (6), 2:28 2008-03-07 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 6–0 Russia Vadim Sufiyanov KO 3 (6), 1:07 2008-01-31 Russia Casino Vodoley, Yekaterinburg
Win 5–0 Canada Darren Darby TKO 1 (4), 2:12 2007-09-16 United States Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Washington
Win 4–0 United States Willie Diamond TKO 1 (4), 1:46 2007-06-23 United States Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3–0 United States Antwon Barrett KO 1 (4), 2:33 2007-04-28 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 2–0 Russia Dmitry Toropchin RTD 2 (4), 3:00 2007-02-01 Russia Casino Vodoley, Yekaterinburg
Win 1–0 Russia Kirill Artemiev UD 4 2006-12-03 Russia DIVS, Yekaterinburg Professional debut.