|Real name||Ruslan Provodnikov|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (167.5 cm)|
|Reach||168 cm (66 in)|
January 20, 1984 |
Beryozovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
|Wins by KO||17|
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. As an amateur he won 130 of 150 fights. He was discovered in Ekaterinburg by his current promoters and managers, who brought him to the U.S.
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. Provodnikov improved tremendously under Roach's tutelage, scoring KOs against David Torres and Jose Reynoso.
Provodnikov vs. Bradley
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. 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". The fight was named "2013 Fight of the Year" by Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Provodnikov vs. Alvarado
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.
Provodnikov vs. Algieri
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.
Professional boxing record
|24 Wins (17 knockouts, 7 decisions), 3 Losses (0 knockouts, 3 decisions), 0 Draws|
|N/A||N/A||Lucas Matthysse||N/A||- (12)||2015-04-18||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York|
|Win||24–3||José Luis Castillo||TKO||5 (12), 0:50||2014-11-28||Luzhniki, Moscow|
|Loss||23–3||Chris Algieri||SD||12||2014-06-14||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York||Lost WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||23–2||Mike Alvarado||RTD||10 (12), 3:00||2013-10-19||1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado||Won WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Loss||22–2||Timothy Bradley||UD||12||2013-03-16||Home Depot Center, Carson, California||For WBO Welterweight title.
2013 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
|Win||22–1||Jose Reynoso||KO||2 (10), 1:52||2012-06-29||Omega Products International, Corona, California||Retained WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||21–1||David Torres||TKO||6 (10), 2:53||2012-01-27||Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Washington||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||20–1||DeMarcus Corley||UD||12||2011-12-05||DIVS, Yekaterinburg||Won vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||19–1||Iván Popoca||KO||8 (10), 2:16||2011-04-15||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California|
|Win||18–1||Vyacheslav Yakovenko||TKO||3 (6), 2:43||2011-02-20||Viktoria, Berezovo|
|Loss||17–1||Mauricio Herrera||UD||12||2011-01-07||Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada||For vacant IBF North American Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Fayzullo Ahmedov||UD||6||2010-10-16||Trading-Entertaining Center "Alatyr", Yekaterinburg|
|Win||16–0||Emanuel Augustus||TKO||9 (10), 1:50||2010-05-21||Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas|
|Win||15–0||Javier Jauregui||TKO||8 (10), 2:10||2010-02-12||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California|
|Win||14–0||Victor Hugo Castro||KO||2 (12), 0:30||2009-11-28||CSKA VVS Arena, Samara||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||13–0||Mahsud Jumaev||RTD||2 (6), 3:00||2009-10-24||Sverdlovsk Film Studio, Yekaterinburg|
|Win||12–0||Esteban Almaraz||UD||6||2009-03-20||Laredo Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas|
|Win||11–0||Abdulaziz Matazimov||UD||6||2009-02-21||Tennis Centre, Khanty-Mansiysk|
|Win||9–0||Wang Jie||TKO||3 (8)||2008-08-22||Olympic Village, Beijing|
|Win||8–0||Brian Gordon||UD||6||2008-05-16||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||7–0||Jose Angel Roman||TKO||1 (6), 2:28||2008-03-07||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut|
|Win||6–0||Vadim Sufiyanov||KO||3 (6), 1:07||2008-01-31||Casino Vodoley, Yekaterinburg|
|Win||5–0||Darren Darby||TKO||1 (4), 2:12||2007-09-16||Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Washington|
|Win||4–0||Willie Diamond||TKO||1 (4), 1:46||2007-06-23||Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||3–0||Antwon Barrett||KO||1 (4), 2:33||2007-04-28||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut|
|Win||2–0||Dmitry Toropchin||RTD||2 (4), 3:00||2007-02-01||Casino Vodoley, Yekaterinburg|
|Win||1–0||Kirill Artemiev||UD||4||2006-12-03||DIVS, Yekaterinburg||Professional debut.|
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