“Algieri seems like a smart man and I expect him to be a smart boxer. We’ll see how practical his boxing theories are in the ring on Saturday,” said Provodnikov, 30, who last vacated the squared circle in October after brutalizing Mike Alvarado into submission to capture the belt.
“If I have to die in the ring to win, that is what I will do. Is Algieri willing to do the same? He had better or he will not defeat me. I do not like fighting boxers who do not engage, like Algieri, but I am used to it. I will chase him and hunt him down. I am a hunter when I am in the ring.”
Conversely, Algieri wants to own the “center of the ring” and “push the pace.”
“Pressure has always made me step up to the competition. I prepared, I am in shape,” said Algieri, 30, a relatively inexperienced prizefighter who has overcome a fleet of tomato cans.
“Fight night, I am going to show who I really am. Ruslan has this great power in his punches but if you can’t land them, the power really doesn’t matter. I have to go out there and control the center of the ring. Push the pace and go out there and use my boxing IQ.”
The “Siberian Rocky” has refined his skills under the tutelage of legendary trainer Freddie Roach.
A merciless assaulter with cement fists and a granite chin, Provodnikov oozes confidence and consistently performs in peak condition.
To remain competitive, the 5-foot-11 Algieri must keep the 5-foot-6 Provodnikov at an honest distance.
Ultimately, regardless of the native New Yorker’s “boxing IQ,” Provodnikov will penetrate Algieri’s defense and land crippling strikes.
Expect Ruslan Provodnikov to knock Chris Algieri onto Queer Street inside of eight rounds approximately 72 hours from now.