Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) is a relentless banger who has become more skilled under the tutelage of renowned trainer Freddie Roach.
In an absolutely savage slugfest, Provodnikov lost a controversial unanimous decision to WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on March 16.
“To win this fight I must give it everything I have inside of me,” said Provodnikov, 29, who emerged victorious in 130 of 150 amateur fights. “I must leave it all in the ring. I will die in the ring if necessary but I’m not losing in this my second chance at becoming a world champion.”
Comparatively, the 33-year-old Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) last exited the squared circle after universally outscoring Brandon Ríos in their March rematch.
Alvarado’s an impressive pugilist who is courageous and tough to rattle.
Unfortunately for “Mile High,” Provodnikov possesses cement fists and his punches land with resounding thuds.
Supremely confident and in tremendous physical condition, the “Siberian Rocky” is simply too powerful for Mike Alvarado.
Willing to “die in the ring if necessary,” Ruslan Provodnikov will become “a world champion” this weekend.