Tomorrow night, live on HBO, from Colorado; Ruslan Provodnikov will take on WBO junior welterweight champion, Mike Alvarado. This fight is almost guaranteed to provide action and drama, which may not be a good thing for Alvarado.
This fight is the definition of a “pick-em fight”, I truly believe that either man has the ability to win this fight. What will be the decider, is the way that Alvarado chooses to fight. If he comes in aggressive and lets the atmosphere and moment get to him, then he will lose and more than likely be stopped. If he boxes smart and stays on the jab, and uses angles, he will win, and badly cut up Provodnikov’s face.
It is all in Alvarado’s hands; with that being said I will have to go with Provodnikov in this one. I think he is the mentally tougher fighter, he has more to prove and he just wants it more. Alvarado is coming off a great showing against Brandon Rios, but I think that he will get caught up in the moment wanting to impress for HBO and his hometown crowd, and he will get caught. From what I have seen of Alvarado, he doesn’t have the discipline to get buzzed and continue to stick to his game-plan, he will want to slug it out, and that will not go well for him.
I am taking Provodnikov by a mid to late round stoppage in a entertaining fight, albeit one fought at a low skill level.
What do you guys think of this week’s pick?
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