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Photos: Lucas Matthysse edges Ruslan Provodnikov in slugfest

Ruslan Provodnikov eats a right hand from Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Photos from the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York, as Lucas Matthysse pulls through with a majority-decision victory over rugged Ruslan Provodnikov after 12 bruising rounds.

The HBO-televised showdown may not have lived up to the wild expectations in terms of pure savagery, but it was an excellent battle of attrition and will that was won by Matthysse, whose stock is once again soaring high.

Lucas Matthysse shows his worth; edges Ruslan Provodnikov over 12

Lucas Matthysse defeated Ruslan Provodnikov on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)


By Chris Robinson

Lucas Matthysse once again proved his worth on Saturday night, winning a hard-fought, gritty battle against Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov over 12 rounds inside of the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York.

Matthysse showed himself to be the more versatile fighter in a matchup many expected to be a Fight of the Year candidate.

Ruslan Provodnikov calls for Maidana, Matthysse, Broner, Danny Garcia, and others following Castillo


15Rounds.com’s Marc Abrams raps with former junior welterweight titlist Ruslan Provodnikov, as he speaks on his recent victory over Jose Luis Castillo in Moscow, Russia.

Photos: Chris Algieri upsets Ruslan Provodnikov via split-decision

Photos from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as upstart Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) captures the WBO junior welterweight championship with a surprise split-decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s). Algieri was dropped twice in the first round but showed great composure afterwards.

All photos courtesy of Naoki Fukuda

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Ruslan Provodnikov doesn’t blame Juan Manuel Marquez for not wanting to fight a crazy guy like him

Ruslan Provodnikov doesn’t blame Juan Manuel Marquez for not wanting to fight a crazy guy like him

Naazim Richardson feels that Ruslan Provodnikov would get beat down by Manny Pacquiao


Chris Robinson continues to speak with trainer Naazim Richardson, as he turns his attention to  a possible fight between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and his former sparring  partner, Ruslan Provodnikov. Despite Provodnikov looking stellar in stopping Mike Alvarado last  month, Richardson feels that the Russian’s style is completely tailor-made for Pacquiao.

WBO places Juan Manuel Marquez as the mandatory challenger to Ruslan Provodnikov

Looks like the WBO has place four-division titlist Juan Manuel Marquez as the number one challenger at 140 pounds to Ruslan Provodnikov’s title. What do you think of this match?

Marquez is coming off of a split-decision loss to Tim Bradley and Provodnikov is coming off of an 8th round TKO over Mike Alvarado one week later

Trainer Marvin Somodio wants Ruslan Provodnikov to face Tim Bradley again

Newly-crowned WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov flanked by trainer Marvin Somodio (Photo: Zhanna Popova)


By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday night, trainer Marvin Somodio found himself in perhaps his biggest role as a professional, as he led Ruslan Provodnikov into battle against Mike Alvarado in an HBO attraction that delivered on all fronts.

Inside of the 1STBANK Center in Alvarado’s hometown of Denver, Colo., Provodnikov delivered his finest outing to date in registering a stoppage victory after ten rounds.

With the fight seemingly give and take through the first seven rounds, Provodnikov turned up the heat in the eighth as he twice dropped Alvarado to his knees after two separate barrages of punches. And after a debilitating 10th frame, Alvarado wisely opted to stay on his stool, surrendering the victory to the Russian brute.

When working the corner of Provodnikov, Somodio typically works under head trainer Freddie Roach. But with Roach presently in General Santos City, Philippines aiding Manny Pacquiao ahead of his forthcoming match with Brandon Rios, Somodio found himself in the lead role during the Alvarado fight.

In-depth interview with Ruslan Provodnikov after the Alvarado fight: ‘I made him give up’

Marc Abrams catches up with newly-crowned WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov following his thrilling victory over Mike Alvarado. Check out what Provodnikov had to say in this exclusive piece

Referee Tony Weeks reveals what happened in Mike Alvarado’s corner that led him to stop his fight with Ruslan Provodnikov

Referee Tony Weeks with Mike Alvarado (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

The action was once again brisk last night, as a pair of junior welterweights offered up one of the year’s most dramatic clashes.

Inside of the 1STBANK Center in Denver, Colo., as seen on HBO’s airwaves, Ruslan Provodnikov would capture the WBO belt with a bruising 10th round stoppage over a brave Mike Alvarado.

Provodnikov turned up the heat over the second half of the fight and seemed to have the fight all but locked up after scoring two knockdowns in the eighth round.

Alvarado absorbed some huge shots in the 10th and elected to stay on his stool in between rounds, granting Provodnikov with the stoppage win.

Speaking on the tense action that took place inside of the ring, referee Tony Weeks seemed as if he was still on a bit of a high himself shortly afterwards.

Photos: Ruslan Provodnikov stops Mike Alvarado after ten grueling rounds

Rusland Provodnikov dished out some serious punishment to Mike Alvarado on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson / Photos courtesy of Chris Farina (Top Rank)

Photos from the 1STBANK Center in Denever, Colo., as Russia’s Ruslan Provodniko halts a game Mike Alvarado after ten heated rounds of action.

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The fight was a back and forth affair early on, but Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) took control over the second half of the fight.

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Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov: Final throughts from Ruslan following final pre-fight presser

Marc Abrams catches up with tough Russian contender Ruslan Provodnikov in Denver, Colorado, as he speaks on his clash with WBO junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado this Saturday night

Larry Merchant on Ruslan Provodnikov’s future: ‘When you a get a chance to fight a guy like Pacquiao, that’s where the money is’

Ruslan Provodnikov after his big victory over Mike Alvarado on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 19, inside of the 1STBANK Center in Denver, Colo., Russian brute Ruslan Provodnikov scored the biggest victory of his career in outlasting hometown favorite and former WBO junior welterweight titlist Mike Alvarado.

The action was nip and tuck early on, but Provodnikov weathered Alvarado’s thunder and came on in the second half of the fight before scoring two knockdowns in the eighth round.

Provodnikov dished out some more heavy leather in the 10th, as Alvarado elected to stay on his stool in between rounds rather than answer the bell for more punishment.

Calling the fight from ringside for the international feed, longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant gave great praise to new champion.

Ruslan Provodnikov workout highlights ahead of HBO showdown with Mike Alvarado


All-access coverage from the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles in late September as Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) puts in work with trainer Freddie Roach ahead of his Oct. 19 HBO date with Mike Alvarado in Denver

Bonus photos: Photographer Naoki Fukuda captures the drama of Tim Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov and Jessie Vargas vs. Wale Omotoso

By Chris Robinson

Award-winning photographer Naoki Fukuda goes ringside from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California for Tim Bradley’s grueling victory over Ruslan Provodnikov and Jessie Vargas’ ten-round decision over Wale Omotoso, as seen on HBO.

All photos courtesy of Naoki Fukuda



Tim Bradley didn’t deserve any boos on Saturday night after grueling victory over Provodnikov

Tim Bradley following his victory over Ruslan Provodnikov on Saturday night (Photo credit: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Tim Bradley successfully defended his WBO welterweight crown with a unanimous decision victory over Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov.

Improving his record to 30-0 with 12 knockouts, Bradley saw scorecards of 115-112 and 114-113 twice go to his favor but the tallies hardly told the tale of the fight.

Photos: Tim Bradley survives a war and late knockdown to overcome Ruslan Provodnikov

By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Tim Bradley survived a scare in the face of Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov during their HBO-televised welterweight title bout. Bradley was rocked in the first, staggered badly in the second, and survived a knockdown in the 12th and final round.

Scores of 115-112 and 114-113 were twice read in Bradley’s favor, as the sport’s reigning WBO welterweight champion sees his record rise to 30-0 with 12 knockouts.  Provodnikov falls to 22-2 with 15 knockouts.

Check out the photos below for a ringside look at Bradley-Provodnikov and the undercard action.

Photos courtesy of Chris Farina – Top Rank

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Sparring mate Omar Figueroa reveals that Tim Bradley has completely changed his tactics from the Pacquiao training camp

Tim Bradley training in Indio, Calif. for his March 16th duel with Ruslan Provodnikov (Photo – Chris Farina / Top Rank)



By Chris Robinson

In late April of last year, I was able to spend a few days with one of the sport’s top prizefighters, Tim Bradley, as he prepared for his huge showdown with Manny Pacquiao.

Bradley’s camp in Indio, California offered up an intimate look at a man full of confidence and focus as he meticulously prepared the daunting challenge that awaited him.

Having always been a fighter who loves to impose his mental and physical will in the trenches, I was quick to notice just how much of an emphasis Tim was putting on his footwork, speed, and angles for that particular camp.

With the Pacquiao fight now behind him, as Bradley (29-1, 12 KO’s) would end up pulling out a controversial split-decision on June 9th inside of the MGM Grand, the man nicknamed ‘Desert Storm’ is now eyeing a match with Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s).