Provodnikov aims to ride out the Storm

14/03/2013 17:00

The little known Russian fighter Ruslan Provodnikov soon made a name for himself when he landed a sparring job against Manny Pacquiao and now under the guidance of trainer Freddie Roach, he's involved in something bigger when he challenges WBO welterweight champion Timothy "The Desert Storm" Bradley on Saturday at Carson's Home Depot Center.

Provodnikov (22-1) moves up a division as his career has largely been spent campaigning at light welter said "The training camp is great and I feel great at 147, I do not know what my plans are going to be after this fight. Realistically I have always been waiting for a fight with Tim Bradley and I would of taken the fight with him at 140 or 147. I think I can beat him at any weight class."

For Bradley (29-0) the bout is the first since his disputed split decision victory over Pacquiao in June, due to being sidelined with foot and ankle injuries then delayed further by failed negotiations with Lamont Peterson and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Now truly believes he is the best fighter in the welterweight division by none and he feels he's going to show that against Provodnikov possibly making him his 13th knockout victim.

"I wouldn't be surprised if I knock this guy out. I want to beat him down, beat him up and if the knockout comes that's fine. Everything's flowing for me now. My shots are more solid, I'm more composed. I'm hitting as hard as hell, I'm bruising and I can't wait to hit this dude on the button and finish him," he said.