Ruslan Provodnikov

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Ruslan Provodnikov
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Real nameRuslan Provodnikov
Nickname(s)Siberian Rocky
Rated atWelterweight
Light Welterweight
Height5 ft 6 in (167.5 cm)
Reach67.5 in (173 cm)
NationalityRussian
Born(1984-01-20) January 20, 1984 (age 30)
Beryozovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
StanceOrthodox stance
Boxing record
Total fights26
Wins23
Wins by KO17
Losses3
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Ruslan Provodnikov
Statistics
Real nameRuslan Provodnikov
Nickname(s)Siberian Rocky
Rated atWelterweight
Light Welterweight
Height5 ft 6 in (167.5 cm)
Reach67.5 in (173 cm)
NationalityRussian
Born(1984-01-20) January 20, 1984 (age 30)
Beryozovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
StanceOrthodox stance
Boxing record
Total fights26
Wins23
Wins by KO17
Losses3
Draws0
No contests0

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. He is of Mansi descent.[1]

Early life[edit]

Provodnikov was born in Beryozovo, a small village in Siberia. 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.[2] As an amateur he won 130 of 150 fights.[3] He was discovered in Ekaterinburg by his current promoters and managers, who brought him to the United States.

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. Provodnikov had several sparring sessions with Manny Pacquiao, regarded by many to be the best boxer in the world pound for pound.[4] Provodnikov improved tremendously under Roach's tutelage, scoring two knockouts 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 given the fight to serve as an easy target for Bradley, who was looking for a confidence booster after a controversial fight with Manny Pacquiao. Bradley came out on the attack mode early, fighting in an uncharacteristically aggressive fashion. Provodnikov made him pay, tagging him with hard shots in the first round, and staggering him in the second. Bradley said after the fight he was concussed by a shot Provodnikov hit him with in the second round.[5] Bradley boxed more conservatively as the fight wore on, winning most of the middle rounds. In the last round, Provodnikov had Bradley hurt badly again but Bradley took a knee with just seconds remaining, and was able to beat the count, 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".[5] The fight would ultimately win "2013 Fight of the Year" honors from Ring Magainze and the Boxing Writers Association of America. [6][7]

Provodnikov vs. Alvarado[edit]

Moving back down to junior welterweight to fight Mike Alvarado for the WBO Junior welterweight championship belt. Provodnikov defeated Mike Alvarado by 10th round stoppage to win the WBO light welterweight title 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, when Alvarado elected to not come out for the eleventh round.[8]

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 close split-decision. [9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

23 Wins (17 knockouts, 7 decisions), 3 Losses (0 knockouts, 3 decisions), 0 Draws[10]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss23–3United States Chris AlgieriSD122014-06-14United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New YorkLost WBO Light Welterweight title.
Win23–2United States Mike AlvaradoTKO10 (12), 3:002013-10-19United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, ColoradoWon WBO Light Welterweight title.
Loss22–2United States Timothy BradleyUD122013-03-16United States Home Depot Center, Carson, CaliforniaFor WBO Welterweight title.

2013 Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.

Win22–1Mexico Jose ReynosoKO2 (10), 1:522012-06-29United States Omega Products International, Corona, CaliforniaRetained WBO Inter Continental Light Welterweight title.
Win21–1United States David TorresTKO6 (10), 2:532012-01-27United States Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, WashingtonWon vacant WBO Inter Continental Light Welterweight title.
Win20–1United States DeMarcus CorleyUD122011-12-05Russia DIVS, Ekaterinburg, RussiaWon vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight title.
Win19–1Mexico Iván PopocaKO8 (10), 2:162011-04-15United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win18–1Russia Vyacheslav YakovenkoTKO3 (6), 2:432011-02-20Russia Viktoria, Berezovo, Russia
Loss17–1United States Mauricio HerreraUD122011-01-07United States Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NevadaFor vacant IBF North American Light Welterweight title.
Win17–0Uzbekistan Fayzullo AhmedovUD62010-10-16Russia Trading-Entertaining Center "Alatyr", Ekaterinburg, Russia
Win16–0United States Emanuel AugustusTKO9 (10), 1:502010-05-21United States Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Win15–0Mexico Javier JaureguiTKO8 (10), 2:102010-02-12United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win14–0Argentina Victor Hugo CastroKO2 (12), 0:302009-11-28Russia CSKA VVS Arena, Samara, RussiaWon vacant WBO Inter Continental] Light Welterweight title.
Win13–0Uzbekistan Mahsud JumaevRTD2 (6), 3:002009-10-24Russia Sverdlovsk Film Studio, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Win12–0United States Esteban AlmarazUD62009-03-20United States Laredo Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas
Win11–0Uzbekistan Abdulaziz MatazimovUD62009-02-21Russia Tennis Centre, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
Win10–0Russia Sergey StarkovUD102008-11-03Russia Beryozovo, Russia
Win9–0China Wang JieTKO3 (8)2008-08-22China Olympic Village, Beijing, China
Win8–0United States Brian GordonUD62008-05-16United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win7–0Puerto Rico Jose Angel RomanTKO1 (6), 2:282008-03-07United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win6–0Russia Vadim SufiyanovKO3 (6), 1:072008-01-31Russia Casino Vodoley, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Win5–0Canada Darren DarbyTKO1 (4), 2:122007-09-16United States Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Washington
Win4–0United States Willie DiamondTKO1 (4), 1:462007-06-23United States Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win3–0United States Antwon BarrettKO1 (4), 2:332007-04-28United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win2–0Russia Dmitry ToropchinRTD2 (4), 3:002007-02-01Russia Casino Vodoley, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Win1–0Russia Kirill ArtemievUD42006-12-03Russia [DIVS, Ekaterinburg, RussiaProfessional debut.

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