Ruslan Provodnikov vs Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez Headline “Night of Champions” in Monte Carlo on Nov. 7

Johannesburg, October 19 – Crowd-pleasing former world junior-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia will fight unbeaten Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez of Mexico in the headliner of the “Night of Champions” tournament  in Monte Carlo on November 7.

This bout replaces the WBA championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Tommy Oosthuizen after the German sustained a hand injury in training. Frantic efforts to secure a highly-rated replacement for Oosthuizen were unsuccessful, although promoter Rodney Berman was delighted to get Provodnikov’s signature.

“He’s in great shape as he was in training,” said the South African, who reached agreement with Art Pelullo of Banner Promotions. “Provodnikov is all-action, a made-for-TV fighter who will add great value. I’m disappointed the Braehmer-Oosthuizen fight has fallen through, but I’ve been around long enough to know that such things are an occupational hazard.”

“We are working on finding a new date for the event,” said Braehmer’s promoter, Kalle Sauerland.

Provodnikov’s opponent is 23-years-old and unbeaten in 13 fights (although it is understood that five additional pro bouts are unrecorded).

Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) has come off a remarkable run of five fights against top-level opposition:  Timothy Bradley jr, Mike Alvarado, Chris Algieri, Jose Luis Castillo and Lucas Matthysse.

“The Siberian Rocky” is a former WBO junior-welterweight champion rated number four by both the WBC and the WBO. His fight against Bradley in 2013 was named Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. More recently, his fight against Matthysse was another candidate for Fight of the Year.

On the undercard, cruiserweights Youri Kalenga (21-2, 14 KOs) and Roberto Bolonti (36-4, 25 KOs) will fight a 10-rounder.

Additionally, Venezuelan Charlie Navarro’s (25-7, 20 KOs) will meet David Avanesyan (20-1-1, 10 KOs) of Russia for the WBA Interim welterweight belt.
Also, Yonfrez Parejo (16-1-1, 7 KOs) of Venezuela, the WBA’s number one-ranked bantamweight, defends his Interim belt against Kazakhstan’s Zhanat Zhakiyanov (25-1, 18 KOs)
Rounding out the tournament is a fight for the WBC Silver super-bantamweight title between French champion Amor Beladhj Ali (14-3-1, 2 KOs) and Qiu Xiao Jun (17-2, 7 KOs) of China.

Photos: Ruslan Provodnikov – Jose Luis Castillo Press Conference

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Photos by Zhanna Popova

Moscow, Russia (November 26 2014)– Below are images from Tuesday’s press conference in conjunction with Friday’s fight between Former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KO’s) that will take place on this Friday, November 28 at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow.

Ruslan Provodnikov Touches Down In Russia Ahead of Nov 28 Bout vs Jose Luis Castillo

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Moscow, Russia (November 17 2014)– Former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) arrived in Moscow for his fight with former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KO’s) that will take place on November 28 at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow.

The fight is promoted by Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and World of Boxing LLC

Provodnikov was joined by his team which includes manager Vadim Kornilov and trainer Marvin Somodio.

An American television outlet will be announced shortly.