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Ruslan Mikhailovich Provodnikov (Russian: Руслан Михайлович Проводников; born 20 January 1984) is a Russian professional boxer and former WBO junior welterweight champion. Nicknamed “The Siberian Rocky”, Provodnikov is a pressure fighter possessing exceptional punching power, stamina, unbreakable will, as well as a granite chin.

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Early life

Ruslan Mikhailovich Provodnikov was born in Beryozovo, a small village in western Siberia to an ethnic Russian father and an ethnic Mansi mother, but identifies himself as Mansi. He would regularly make a 1-day trip 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.

Professional career

Early career

Provodnikov fought several times on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights and developed a reputation for being an exciting, come forward, pressure fighter. He scored a decision win over Demarcus Corley and lost a controversial decision to Mauricio Herrera.



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.[4] Bradley boxed more conservatively as the fight wore on, winning most of the middle rounds. In the last round, Provodnikov badly hurt Bradley 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.


Provodnikov vs. Matthysse

After dispatching of veteran Jose Luis Castillo in five rounds, in his home country. Negotiations began for a bout with fellow power puncher, Argentine Lucas Matthysse, there was a large amount of hype surrounding the fight coming in. It took place at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York on the 18th of April, and lived up to the hype as the two fighters went toe to toe from the opening bell in a fight of the year candidate. A headbutt caused a deep cut above Ruslan’s left eye early in the fight and it begun to distract him straight away. Matthysse utilized his jab and superior boxing skills for most of the bout. Ruslan once again proved to have a granite chin as he took the hardest shots of Matthysse, who is considered to be the hardest puncher in the division and pound for pound one of the hardest punchers in the world. After being outboxed the first few rounds, Ruslan came back in the latter half of the bout, and begun to break down Matthysse, hurting him severely in the 11th round but failed to capitalize, or achieve enough early on and went on to lose a Majority decision. Matthysse broke his right hand in the fight. Provodnikov had a terribly swollen face afterwards, and a deep gash on his eye from the headbutt, he also had black urine, a result of being hit in his kidneys by the power puncher Matthysse.

VERONA , NY - APRIL 18: Ruslan Provodnikov stands in the ring after his loss to Lucas Matthysse at the Turning Stone Resort Casino on April 18, 2015 in Verona, New York. Matthysee won the 12 round bout by scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)


Professional boxing record

29 fights, 25 wins (18 knockouts), 4 losses
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A United States John Molina, Jr. N/A – (12) 2016-06-11 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
Win 25–4 Mexico Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez TKO 4 (10), 1:40 2015-11-07 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo
Loss 24–4 Argentina Lucas Matthysse MD 12 2015-04-18 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York Nominated for The Ring magazine 2015 Fight of the Year
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 junior-welterweight title
The Ring magazine 2014 Upset of the Year
Win 23–2 United States Mike Alvarado RTD 10 (12), 3:00 2013-10-19 United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado Won WBO junior-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
The Ring magazine 2013 Fight of the Year
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 junior-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 junior-welterweight title
Win 20–1 United States DeMarcus Corley UD 12 2011-12-05 Russia DIVS, Yekaterinburg Won vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council super lightweight 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 junior 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 junior-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

BROOMFIELD, CO - OCTOBER 19: Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia celebrates after defeating Mike Alvarado with a TKO in the 10th round to claim the WBO Junior Welterweight Title at the 1stBank Center on October 19, 2013 in Broomfield, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)





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