Preview: Provodnikov vs. Algieri
- Updated: June 12, 2014
On Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York rising star, Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs), will defend his WBO 140 pound title against Chris Algieri (18-0, 8 KOs). The bout will be the main event of an HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, which airs at 10:00pm ET.
This will be Provodnikov’s first title defense, after an exciting 2013 campaign that saw him engage in the Fight of the Year, which resulted in a controversial loss to Timothy Bradley last March. That bout put Provodnikov on the map as an elite level competitor and television friendly fighter. On October 19, 2013, Provodnikov returned to the ring and successfully challenged Mike Alvarado for the WBO 140 pound title via a 10th round stoppage. That encounter was recently chronicled in the superb HBO documentary, 2 Days- Ruslan Provodnikov. Though Provodnikov and his team were hoping for a more lucrative bout for his first defense, Chris Algieri will get the shot at his belt.
Algieri has found himself in this position due to a recent victory over Emmanuel Taylor this past February. Algieri’s record is bereft of notable names, but he is regarded as a handsome guy with decent boxing ability, and is from the Long Island area of New York. He also has an interesting back story due to his experience as a successful champion kickboxer. Outside the ring, Algieri is well educated and has achieved a Master’s degree. This being a hometown fight of sorts for Algieri, only adds to some levels of intrigue for Saturday night. All that being said, Algieri is obviously an overwhelming underdog. The Freddie Roach trained Provodnikov is expected to win in easy fashion on Saturday night and then move on to much bigger fights in the fall and beyond.
The co-feature for the night will be Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13KOs) defending his WBO 154 pound title against Englishman, Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7KOs). Andrade, like Provodnikov, rose to fame as a multi-time featured fighter on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. He may also bring in a bit of an east coast crowd, due to being from Providence, Rhode Island. Andrade is a talented 26 year old boxer-puncher who recently defeated Vanes Martirosyan for the then vacant belt, which he now holds. Andrade is in a talent-rich division and has the skills and personality to make some noise in the coming years. Brian Rose, Andrade’s mandatory challenger for the WBO belt, has fought his entire career in the United Kingdom. Andrade is a favorite to prevail on Saturday, during this opening bout for the HBO telecast.
3 More Rounds will be in attendance on Saturday night at the Barclays Center and will be reporting on the action.