'Provodnikov-Alvarado will be a war'
MANILA, Philippines – Former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios will be an interested spectator when Mike Alvarado defends his WBO light-welterweight belt against Ruslan Provodnikov on October 19.
Rios has fought Alvarado twice: he won via seventh-round knockout when they fought in October 2012, but lost their March 2013 rematch via unanimous decision.
“That’s gonna be one hell of a match-up,” Rios said when asked about the Provodnikov-Alvarado clash in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio. [http://otrboxingradio.com/?p=1671]
Provodnikov made a name for himself when he nearly knocked out unbeaten American champion Timothy Bradley Jr. earlier this year, before losing a decision.
“We are going to see if Alvarado can stick to his game plan,” said Rios. “I know Provodnikov hits hard – he showed that in the Bradley fight. He has power in both hands, and we are going to see how Mike Alvarado is going to handle that.”
Rios believes the fight is a toss-up and is expecting Provodnikov and Alvarado to put on a terrific show.
“I think it’s 50/50. It’s going to be an absolute war. It’s going to be another fight like me and Alvarado was. It’s gonna be one hell of a fight, and I can’t wait to watch it,” he said. “I’m a big fan of that fight.”
Rios and Alvarado’s 2012 bout was a front-runner for Fight of the Year honors, but was eventually beaten by the fourth encounter between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Rios will return to action on November 24 against Pacquiao in Macau.