Ruslan Provodnikov is a fan favorite and is currently in negotiations to fight another fan favorite Lucas Matthysse. This fight of the year bout is not yet official with a venue and date still being worked out. But Provodnikov hopes it gets done and told ThaBoxingVoice.com,
“They are coming along well. We should know soon. But you can definitely expect me on HBO in March of April.”
It seems like a lot of the pieces in the boxing game, are reliant on the making or the fallout of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather bout. Rumor in the industry is that Provodnikov was considered plan B for Pacquiao if the Mayweather bout did not come to pasture.
Provodnikov said, “It is true, and I am very interested in that fight should it come along because that fight is great for the fans!”
At 140 on the HBO side, there are names like Terence Crawford, Jose Benavidez, and, of course, a rematch with Chris Algieri, which to Provodnikov is music to his ears.
“I’m open to any of those fights,” Provodnikov commented.
Shawn Porter has recently said that he would love to fight Provodnikov, and Ken Porter, the trainer of Shawn Porter told ThaBoxingVoice.com that they offered Provodnikov, which Provodnikov says is untrue.
“Who is he? if you’re talking about me, no I was never offered that fight.”