Monday, October 21, 2013

Provodnikov is the man to watch

Provodnikov connects with a right hand to Bradley's face.
Photo source: Google
Hours before the heavy slugfest happening between defending WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado and Russian challenger and former Pacquiao sparmate Ruslan Provodnikov last Saturday night, October 19, 2013, I made a wild prediction that the fight will not go the distance and that the Russian will stop Alvarado within round 6 to 8. Alvarado, being the champion, was the highly favored one in that fight, having gone through in a high octane action-packed war twice with Brandon Rios with both of them acquiring a loss and a win each card.

The fight being held in the champion’s hometown of Denver, Colorado would have only added more to Alvarado’s advantage, but the Russian came to fight and unloaded right before him the answer to a question on why he was the man to watch out for and fear of.  I was expecting Provodnikov to knock Alvarado out within round 6 to 8. What I wasn’t expecting though was the fact that Alvarado was tough enough to carry the fight on and to even extend it to two rounds more. That was a high-caliber fight, beautiful as it entertains--the kind of fight that’s all worth your money and time. We’re not watching sparring sessions, after all (like some of these so called sweet scientists engaged in boring fights), but a real slugfest.  

Provodnikov’s last outing before the Alvarado fight was a controversial decision loss to Timothy Bradley by whom he has one time floored the Desert Storm (it was actually twice but the referee ruled the other one out as a slip). Bradley suffered concussion issues a week after the fight. Now, after Provodnikov’s convincing win against Alvarado, what’s next for the warrior nicknamed as the Siberian Rocky?

Names like Pacquiao, Bradley, Marquez, and even Matthysse have suddenly surfaced to help shape the landscape of his future as a prizefighter. Boxing’s not a dying sport, as what some people would have claimed it to be, but only needs to keep enrolling fighters in that really fight. The warrior in Provodnikov is why he must be the man to watch in the sport where brutality is one of its main ingredients. He’ll be boxing’s next big star.  

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