Weigh-in result: Ruslan Provodnikov, 139.8 pounds; Chris Algieri, 140

By Lem Satterfield

WBO junior welterweight titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov and challenger Chris Algieri weighed in at 139.8 and 140 pounds, respectively on Friday in advance of their HBO Boxing After Dark main event on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Nicknamed “The Siberian Rocky,” Provodnikov (23-2, 16 knockouts) was last in the ring for a 10th-round stoppage of Mike Alvarado, whom he floored twice on the way to winning his belt in October.

Before facing Alvarado, Provodnikov scored a 12th-round knockdown during a unanimous decision to then-WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley in a March bout named “2013 Fight of the Year” by THE RING as well as the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs), who stands 5-foot-10 to Provodnikov’s 5-6, has expressed confidence that he can duplicate the efforts of detected Bradley and the other man to defeat Provodnikov, which Mauricio Herrera by unanimous decision in January 2011.

“I don’t think that Ruslan has fought a guy similar to me in terms of my size, my athleticism and my speed and just my skill set,” said Algieri. “So it’s really going to come down to who can fight their fight at the right time and at the right place in the ring.”

For the co-feature, southpaw WBO junior middleweight titleholder Demetrius Andrade and challenger Brian Rose weighed 153.8 and 153.4, respectively. For one of the undercard bouts, light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (21-0, 14 KOs) and Elvir Muriqi weighed 174.8 and 176.8, respectively.

ROSE IS CONFIDENT OF BEATING ANDRADE

The 29-year-old Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs) has won 11 straight fights, three by knockout, since, himself being stopped in the sixth round by Max Maxwell in May 2010. In his last bout in October, Rose won a split-decision over Javier Maciel, who was last in action winning his second consecutive bout by unanimous decision over Jorge Melendez on the June 7 undercard of Miguel Cotto’s 10th-round knockotu of Sergio Martinez.

“I refuse to give up even through the tough times. Getting KO’d was the lowest point of my career, and I couldn’t see a way back,” said Rose. “I picked myself up, brushed myself off, and here I am fighting for a world title in the U.S. against a world class fighter. It doesn’t get any better than this.”

A 26-year-old southpaw, Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) rose from a first-round knockdown to earn his belt by split-decision over previously unbeaten Vanes Martirosyan in November.

“Out of all of them, Andrade is the weakest of the world champions at light Middleweight, but he is a World champion. I have a chance in this fight, and I haven’t come over here to get beat and just make up the numbers. I’m here to take the chance that I have earned and I am positive that I am going to come home with a world title. I am going to enjoy the experience of course. How could I not? I am fighting in New York for a world title. This is the big time. It’s an amazing venue, and I’ve never boxed somewhere as brilliant as this,” said Rose, who is 29.

“But I am here to do a job. I’ve been out here for a while, and I have not put any pressure on myself. People don’t expect me to win, and I don’t care about that. This is a tough task. I’m under no illusions. I’m a realist, but I believe in myself, and I have a team behind me that know I am capable of winning this, so it’s not a case of proving doubters wrong, but proving those people that have believed in me from the start right. Every boxer always says it’s the best camp they have ever had, and it’s true for me. I’m injury-free, I’ve sacrificed more than ever, and I cannot be any fitter or more tactically prepared for this fight. I’ve done everything right.

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Dudchenko before IBF eliminator: I’m a born athlete

By Togorashi By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Zhanna Popova Light heavyweight Anatolij Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) knows something about defying the odds. In 2008, he lost two consecutive fights and for most boxers who want to accomplish something in their sport, this would …

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Lem’s latest: Trainer says Canelo Alvarez will ‘punish’ Erislandy Lara

By Lem Satterfield

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Saul Alvarez will be “trying to punish” southpaw Erislandy Lara when they meet on July 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Alvarez’s trainer, Jose “Chepo” Reynoso said through an interpreter from their facility in San Diego on Thursday.

Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 knockouts) has said that Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) has “disrespected … not only me, he disrespected all Mexicans” leading into their bout to be televised on Showtime Pay-Per-View.

Reynoso said Alvarez “took it personal.”

“We’re not just going to go in looking for the knockout. We’re working on all sorts of different situations but if the knockout comes, that’s perfect,” said Reynoso through Golden Boy Promotions translator Ramiro Gonzalez.

“But we’re working so hard so that we can punish Erislandy Lara. We’re working on trying to punish Lara. We want to really punish Erislandy Lara. He was talking too much and those comments were not welcome. It was blah, blah, blah and ‘Canelo’ took it very personal.”

Alvarez is working with three lefthanders comprised of junior welterweight Cleotis Pendarvis of Los Angeles, welterweight Chris Van Heerden of South Africa, and junior middleweight Christopher Pearson of Dayton, Ohio.

“We’ve been training for going about three weeks now and I’m doing everything to emulate Erislandy Lara,” said Van Heerden, who boasts unanimous decisions over Kaizer Mabuza, Matthew Hatton, Sebastian Lujan and Ray Narh, as well as a fourth-round stoppage over Cosme Rivera.

“I’m pretty quick on my feet and just moving around a lot. I jab a lot and I use angles and I’m helping him with everything. Day by day, he’s getting better and better, looking sharper and stronger and showing a lot of power. Just getting stronger and stronger.”

Van Heerden supports Reynoso’s theory that Alvarez will be too much for Lara.

“If ‘Canelo’ cuts the ring off the way that he’s been doing and if he sticks his counter-punch in there, walks in the with the jab and lands his counter-punch, he should do the job,” said Van Heerden, who has won his last seven consecutive fights.

“‘Canelo’ has a solid punch and I think that he’s going to break down Lara. I think that he’s going to work his body and I see a late-round stoppage. I’m going with my man, ‘Canelo’ and his power.”

ROBERT GUERRERO, GARY RUSSELL JR., VASYL LOMACHENKO REFLECT ON FATHER’S DAY

Three of the fighters on the June 21 card at StubHub Center, whose main event features former titleholder Robert Guerrero against Yoshihiro Kamegai, offered their thoughts in advance of Father’s Day.

Guerrero and Russell, the latter of of whom will face Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO’s vacant featherweight belt, are each trained by their fathers.

“Being a father is my biggest accomplishment and the most important aspect of my life,” said Guerrero, whose father is Ruben Guerrero. “I teach my kids the right ways of doing things and to treat everyone with respect. I feel a duty to raise my kids with love and discipline. I’m a big believer in Jesus Christ, so I want to make sure my kids get to know God at an early age.”

Russell credits his father for making him the fighter he is.

“My father plays a very big role in my career. My father’s the painter; I’m just the canvas. I think a lot of the time, we give the fighters all the credit and we forget about the coaches that molded these fighters from the ground up. My dad put his life on hold to make sure that my life is 100 percent correct. It means a lot to me. Plus, he taught me how to be a good father to my little ones,” said Russell.

“He not only means a lot to me professionally but he also means the world to me as a father. It’s difficult when you have a dad who’s also your coach because sometimes, he’ll make you feel like the worst fighter ever in the gym and then we’ll get home and he wants to sit down and watch a movie together after he just finished yelling at you. It’s definitely difficult but we work on it.”

Lomachenko, of the Ukraine, is learning about America’s celebratory day.

“Unfortunately, we do not celebrate the U.S. Father’s Day in the Ukraine, neither in Russia or in the former Soviet Union. We [Eastern Europeans] don’t know that kind of a day or celebration,” said Lomachenko.

“Now that I know of that custom, I’m going to start celebrating Father’s Day from this Sunday to June 21. Everything that I have today, everything that is in me today, is from my father. He’s here next to me and he’s always with me. He stands by me; he’s my hero.”

Also on the card, two-division titleholder Devon Alexander will be in a welterweight clash against Jesus Soto Karass and former RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson will return to the ring against George Blades.

In other bouts, 2012 Olympian heavyweight Dominic Breazeale will face Devin Vargas, lightweight Sharif Bogere is being matched against Hector Velasquez and heavyweight Michael Hunter will fight Jerry Forrest.

TOMOKI KAMEDA-PUNGLUANG SOR SINGYU ADDED TO ALVAREZ-LARA CARD

Golden Boy has added WBO bantamweight titleholder Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KOs) of Japan to the Alvarez-Lara undercard against Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31 KOs) of Thailand for a bout that will be televised on the Showtime free-view an hour before the Showtime Pay-Per-View telecast.

In other bouts on the pay-per-view portion of Alvarez-Lara, three-division titlist Abner Mares will face veteran Jonathan Oquendo in Mares’ first fight under trainer Virgil Hunter; junior welterweight contender Johan Perez will battle former title challenger Mauricio Herrera and ex-titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez, of Puerto Rico, will clash with Francisco Vargas of Mexico.

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Provodnikov as motivated for Algieri as he was for Bradley, Alvarado

By Doug Fischer

Ruslan Provodnikov is not motivated by money. Untold wealth and making Forbes Magazine’s list of the world’s richest athletes does not get his engine revving. The WBO junior welterweight titleholder isn’t overly obsessed with the hardware, trinkets and baubles that denote you’re the best in the world.

Provodnikov only cares about one thing – putting on an exciting show that thrills his fans.

He will get that opportunity when he defends his title against Chris Algieri, a 30-year-old contender from Huntington, Long Island, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on HBO’s Boxing After Dark on Saturday night.

As simple as it sounds, that one little thing – putting on an exciting show – has made Provodnikov one of the hottest TV boxers in the sport today. His epic battle against Timothy Bradley, voted the 2013 Fight of the Year, burst off the screen like high definition lightning. He followed that up with another scintillating performance against Mike Alvarado, picking up the WBO title in the process.

“Provodnikov has the consummate telegenic style,” said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming at HBO Sports. “His nickname Siberian Rocky could not be more apt. He comes to fight and he comes to win. He’s willing to get hit three times if necessary to deliver one shot. But under the tutelage of Freddie Roach he’s cut down on how much he gets hit and has increased how much he hits back.”

Sometimes it is difficult for a boxer who has been involved in high profile matches against opponents like Bradley and Alvarado to be motivated against a low profile contender like Algieri. Provodnikov is supposed to win, so a victory would be a mere formality. The pressure is on to win in spectacular fashion. That could be difficult against a boxer like Algieri, who realizes his best chance of winning is to keep his distance and not engage in a toe-to-toe slugfest.

“My job is to chase Algieri and hunt him down,” Provodnikov said. “He should be more worried about me. His style of fighting is not my favorite. I prefer an opponent who likes to engage and fight toe-to-toe, not a runner. I don’t have trouble with runners. They have trouble with me.”

Being a blood and guts ring warrior doesn’t make for the professional longevity of Bernard Hopkins. But that’s fine with Provodnikov.

“I am focusing on a shorter, more prominent career. I only want the big fights. The fights the fans want to see,” Provodnikov said. “I want to make an impact and leave. I do not want to outstay my welcome in boxing. Money has never been my primary goal. I want to make the most out of my abilities to be my best in the ring. The respect of the fans and my achievements mean more to me than a title belt.”

That’s a nice plan of action for an all-action fighter like Provodniknov. But the problem is Provodnikov’s style makes it unlikely a string of big name boxers in the 140-pound division will line up in front of the sign that says: “I Want Ruslan Next.”

That is the biggest dilemma for Provodnikov, who will be headlining the first major show of his career on Saturday night.

“The biggest problem I had before was just getting him on the network (HBO),” said Artie Pellulo of Banner Promotions, Provodnikov’s promoter. “Now my biggest problem is he’s such a murderous puncher you have trouble getting him fights.”

Pellulo said Algieri has a better chance of getting a match against Manny Pacquiao if he wins than Provodnikov does if he wins.

“Maybe if he won a boring decision Ruslan would have a chance at getting that fight,” Pellulo said. “But if you’re Manny Pacquiao, would you rather fight a boxer who doesn’t punch so hard or would you rather fight a guy like Ruslan.”

It would be a delicate situation for trainer Freddie Roach, who trains Pacquiao and has been working with Provodnikov for the last two years. Provodnikov has been sparring with Pacquiao for the last two years as well, sessions that he believes has helped shape him into the hard-nose, pressure fighter that he is today.

“That’s one of the main problems is that they’re both trained by Freddie Roach,” said Vadim Kornilov, Provodnikov’s manager. “If that’s the fight that everyone wants to see then there is no other option.”

If it happens, Roach said he might have to sit it out and watch it on television at home.

Kornilov said there are still plenty of good fights on the horizon for Provodnikov – Juan Manuel Marquez, a Bradley rematch, Brandon Rios and even Floyd Mayweather. OK, that one is a long shot. But Kornilov’s point is you never know.

Nelson takes an optimistic approach to finding big name, quality opponents for Provodnikov.

“Provodnikov’s brand is he’s willing to fight anyone,” Nelson said. “That in itself will attract a certain caliber of fighter who wants to be known as the kind of fighter who is willing to take on the fearless guy toe-to-toe. Whether it’s the Provodnikov, (Gennady) Golovkin, or (Sergey) Kovalev, the guys on the other side of the equation get the fans respect. I think there’s an appeal in getting that kind of respect from a street cred standpoint. Plus, he’s got a world title.”

Provodnikov is continuing to develop and evolve as a boxer. So the longer those big names wait, the more complete boxer they will get. Nelson said he has seen how Provodnikov has grown since he started working with Roach two years ago.

“The sparring with Manny, combined with the training of Freddie Roach has done a lot to transform his style and his presence of mind in the ring and his approach to boxing,” Nelson said. “You could see the changes between the Bradley fight and the Alvarado fight. For a fighter to be able to integrate more tools into his Swiss Army knife after just one fight is rare. For him to be able to do that and put it into practice in a guy’s hometown in front of 10,000 screaming fans like he did against Alvarado is tough to do. But Provodnikov was able to do pull it off.”

Fundamentally, Provodnikov said he’s never going to change his style.

“It’s my character. And I’m probably never going to fight differently,” he said. “And people love me probably because of that, and of who I am. I am who I am in the ring and I just put everything in the ring. It’s who I am.”

That’s why the fans come out. That’s why they will come to Barclays Center to watch him against Algieri on Saturday night. And if he can grab their attention and hold it on Saturday night, then it might be the beginning of something special for Provodnikov.

“This is a very important fight to me because it will show how many fans I can attract,” Provodnikov said. “Brooklyn feels like a second home. I hope Barclays Center can become my home arena in the same manner Miguel Cotto has at Madison Square Garden.”

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ESPN FNF returns in two weeks

By Togorashi ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will be on hiatus until Friday, June 27, when a DiBella Entertainment/Rumble Time Promotions show airs on the network from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO. Headlining the card will be the red-hot super lightweight …

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Help Wanted at Bad Left Hook: News shift bloggers

By Scott Christ

Bad Left Hook is looking for people who want to get their feet wet in this crazy blogging game. MIGHT IT BE YOU?

Have you ever thought, “I’d like to write about boxing on the internet, share my thoughts and opinions, talk about why X can’t fight Y”? Well then, great news. We’re looking for some news shift bloggers here at Bad Left Hook.

Specifics of the position and what is required:

  • Availability and reliability are the biggest keys. You’d be needed for 1-3 afternoon shifts per week, covering a few hours at a time.
  • Know the current boxing landscape. You don’t have to be an expert, but strong familiarity with what’s happening out there right now is needed for the position.
  • To be very clear: We are not searching for feature article writers or fight recappers or anything of that nature. This is strictly to cover news items in a timely and efficient manner, and you’ll need to be regularly available.

If you have some blogging experience of any kind, that would be a plus, but is not required. Our system is easy to learn and we’ll be able to train you pretty quickly as long as you’re familiar with, like, the internet.

Also note that this is not a paying position to start. You’ll have to be able to prove reliability and all that first, because a lot of people think they’re interested in doing this, then it pretty much turns out they are not.

If you are interested, email me and we’ll go from there.

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