Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri will happen June 14
Apr 16 2014 7:47 PM
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WBO junior welterweight title fight between defending champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov of Beryozovo, Russia and Chris Algieri of Huntington, Long Island was officially announced today and will be taking place June 14 at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®.

Provodnikov – Algieri will headline a championship night of boxing complete with an action-packed non-televised undercard which will include undefeated WBC Continental America's Light Heavyweight champion and Top-Five contender Seanie “Irish” Monaghan of Long Beach, Long Island, and the first professional woman's fight at Barclays Center, featuring Brooklyn's own Heather “The Heat” Hardy.

The event is promoted by Banner Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.

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Skibbz says:

Great job Mike. Artie came dressed in that old school brown, Ruslan in his native dress and Algieri fit for his own funeral! Take no offence Algieri fans, that was a light one. If you can't take that wait for what I've got for you after the fight!

Ruslan in 1, Chris will freeze like a deer caught in the headlights. Hope he's ready to endure a whole new level of pain come June 14th!

The Commish says:

Skibbz…I am really not too objective on this one. I am a friend of Algieri. I have been ringside for most of his fights. However, I really think he will do himself proud, whether he wins or loses. His foot speed is better than Provodnikov's and so is his hand speed.

Provodnikov KO 1? I highly doubt it. Algieri will not freeze. If anything, he'll box Provodnikov's ears off early. Picture Paulie Malignasggi vs the Russian Rocky. Now picture Paulie Malignaggi in their against Ruslan. Do you still see a KO 1? Of course not. That's at 140 lbs, 147 lbs. or anything in between.

Algieri is going to surprise a lot of people on the night he faces Provodnikov. A LOT of people.

I will not be one of them!

-Randy G.

Skibbz says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;49574]Skibbz…I am really not too objective on this one. I am a friend of Algieri. I have been ringside for most of his fights. However, I really think he will do himself proud, whether he wins or loses. His foot speed is better than Provodnikov's and so is his hand speed.

Provodnikov KO 1? I highly doubt it. Algieri will not freeze. If anything, he'll box Provodnikov's ears off early. Picture Paulie Malignasggi vs the Russian Rocky. Now picture Paulie Malignaggi in their against Ruslan. Do you still see a KO 1? Of course not. That's at 140 lbs, 147 lbs. or anything in between.

Algieri is going to surprise a lot of people on the night he faces Provodnikov. A LOT of people.

I will not be one of them!

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Take another look at the tone of the post commissioner, the humour is intended to ride far above the seriousness.

I aim to drum up more interest for this fight, at the least on these forums if not to a wider audience viewing from afar. Ruslan is my favourite champion fighter and there's no one you could match him up against whom I'd tell you he would lose to. Blissfully blind perhaps, but not in this case if you ask me.

From what i've seen of Algieri, his level of defence is not ready for Ruslan's level of offence. That's the fundamental imbalance that will draw an outcome favourable for the Mansi Mauler. Sure he looks good, is in phenomenal shape and is intelligent. But do you believe it's the first time Ruslan has been matched up with guys like that? Even Algieri's physical advantages in height and reach won't dissuade the Siberian Rocky from his relentless assault.

Algieri is improving fight by fight, but as mentioned before on other threads the way he defends himself is wrong. I won't point him in the right direction but it needs work and fast… Because June 14th is around the corner and Ruslan knows how to deal with guys just like Chris. Chris thinks of the Russian as a one dimensional brawler.. This attitude will only earn him a place in the emergency room.

Algieri may not freeze, and I don't believe he will – that was some British banter – but you must understand from the get go Ruslan will be there firing shots at him. He can run, he can fight behind a jab, but Ruslan will find him and when he does Algieri will falter. Again, I won't say what his defensive concerns are but they exist and under fire they will come out.

You know boxing, does the guy with the quickest hands or fastest foot speed always win the fight? It may not be the guy who bangs the hardest either – but in the case of Ruslan Provodnikov, it's often the guy with the most unbending will and resolve, and that usually is the Siberian Slugger.

Just a side point, what did you make of Algieri vs Alejo?

oubobcat says:

Algieri is not a bad fighter and I am sure he is going to show a ton of heart . I actually expect a pretty fun fight to watch and since Provodnikov is not that hard to hit expect he will take his share of punches from Algieri. But Provodnikov is simply too strong and relentless for Algieri. After a couple rounds of good exhanges and fan friendly action, I expect Provodnikov to break down Algieri and get a mid-round stoppage.

Skibbz says:

You say it how I like to see it, Algieri's in deeper than he thinks!