“SIBERIAN ROCKY” KICKS IT OFF FRIDAY IN MOSCOW
Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) will attempt to bounce back after losing his belt to recent Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) heavy bag Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KO). Provo dropped a controversial Split Decision 12 to Algieri and lost his WBO light welterweight (140 lb.) belt in the process. Luckily for the fan favorite who fights with his face a lot, Ruslan is matched extremely soft, as the ancient Stone Age creature known as Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) will crawl into the ring yet again to face the Russian.
CASTILLO LONGER IN TOOTH THAN SABER-TOOTH TIGER
Castillo has been stopped 7 times in his pro career and I would bet on the 8th occurring on Friday night. It is a perplexing fight for Ruslan to take, as he has absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose. Still, fans of the hyper-aggressive Freddy Roach-trained brawler should tune in for the one-sided savagery that awaits in Moscow.
HEAVYWEIGHT REMATCH ACROSS THE POND
England’s Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) will mix it up with his countryman Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) for a second time. Fury took Chisora’s 0 in their 2011 clash by winning a unanimous decision. Since their initial meeting, Chisora is 6-3 with 4 KOs. Fury is 7-0 with 6 KOs. In Chisora’s defense, he has certainly fought the tougher opposition, but I expect Fury to again prove he is the better heavyweight (200+).
IBF TITLE AT STAKE IN HBO CO-MAIN
In Omaha, NE, Evgeny “The Mexican Russian” Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) will make the 5th defense of his IBF featherweight (126) title versus Jayson Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) of Puerto Rico as part of an HBO World Championship Boxing doubleheader. Gradovich should keep his belt, as he has the much better resume and has proven his talent over the last few years.
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