Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) will make his much anticipated return to the ring, when he defends his title against undefeated Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KO’s). The fight will take place on Saturday, June 14th at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island.
Provodnikov just arrived in LA to commence training at the Wild Card Gym with Freddie Roach. He was locked into the June 14th fight on HBO, but the details hadn’t yet been released in terms of who he would be facing, or where.
Algieri is an unbeaten fighter with strong boxing skills, but this is a huge jump up in class for him. He’s never faced anybody near the level of, or with the power and tenacity of, Provodnikov.
The fight will headline an HBO Boxing After Dark card and is promoted by Banner Promotions, Top Rank and in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Provodnikov of Beryozovo, Russia announced his arrival on boxing’s big stage with his “2013 Fight of the Year” with Timothy Bradley on March 16th. He then captured the WBO Junior Welterweight title with a 10 round beat down of defending champion Mike Alvarado on October 19, 2013 in Broomfield, Colorado.
Algieri of nearby Huntington, Long Island is ranked number thirteen by the WBO. He will be making his 1st attempt at a world title and earned this opportunity with wins over Bayan Jargal (15-2-3), Jose Peralta (10-1) and Emanuel Taylor (17-1).
Undefeated light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan is set to appear on the undercard.