Right now it appears that Ruslan Provodnikov maybe a fighter that several top names don't want to get in the ring with. Although Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao have been linked to "The Siberian Rocky" it's fair to say that none would willingly get in to the ring with him.
There is one man out there there who is wanting a fight with Provodnikov. Raymundo Beltran.
Beltran, who earlier this week saw a rematch with WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns all but denied to him due to the WBO forcing Burns to fight American Terence Crawford, has come out and called for a fight with WBO Light Welterweight champion Provodnikov.
Although Beltran sports a relative average record of 28-6-1 (17) he's proven to be a handful and was very cruelly denied of a victory against Burns in Glasgow back in September. As well as Burns, Beltran has been in with Sharif Bogere, Luis Ramos Jr, Henry Lundy and Ji Hoon Kim. Although his record from those fights is 2-2-1 some, including ourselves, feel he really won all 5 of them.
Provodnikov, who has been involved in several "Fight of the Year" type bouts recently burst on to the world scene with a losing effort to Timothy Bradley. Since than loss he has claimed his world title stopping Mike Alvarado in another thriller.
Although his record of 23-2 (16) may not totally show it Provodnikov is a dangerous and vicous puncher with a genuine toughness to him and a relentless spirit. It's going to take a special fighter to brave him and a brave one to fight him. If Beltran steps up to the plate then we'll give him the up most respect and we'd imagine with the fighter's styles that we'd have a great fight on our hands as well.
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