Ruslan Provodnikov and Chris Algieri make weight for their showdown Saturday

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Photo courtesy of Rich Villa, Star Boxing

Junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia and Chris Algieri of Huntington, N. Y. both made weight Friday for their fight Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on HBO).

Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) weighed in at 139.8 pounds and Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) came in at the 140-pound limit.

HBO will also televise the replay of this past Saturday’s middleweight title fight between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto, won by Cotto via 10th-round TKO.

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Ruslan Provodnikov admits he ‘sniffed glue’ as a young man in Russia

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Ruslan Provodnikov (left) will defend his title Saturday against Chris Algieri. (Photo courtesy of Banner Promotions)

Ruslan Provodnikov, who will defend his junior welterweight belt Saturday against Chris Algieri at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on HBO), was very candid recently when talking about his younger days in Russia.

“I did not have an easy time growing up in Siberia,” Provodnikov said. “I don’t know where my childhood friends are now. Most are probably in jail. I stole food, sniffed glue, smoked and drank. My amateur boxing coach saved my life and helped to redirect my life toward being a productive person.”

Provodnikov, 30, is a real brute in the ring. He is 23-2 with 16 knockouts and has become one of the more vicious fighters out there.

Algieri, of Huntington, N.Y., is 19-0 with eight knockouts.

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Chris Algieri stoked to fight another hungry prospect on national television

Chris Algieri and Emmanuel Taylor are not quite nationally recognized fighters just yet, but they will be on the national stage on Valentine’s Day – Feb. 14 – when they square off in the junior welterweight main event at Paramount Theatre in Huntington, N.Y. (on ESPN2).

Algieri, of Huntington, is stoked.

“This is just the kind of fight I’ve wanted, against another top prospect with national exposure,” said Algieri, who is 18-0 with eight knockouts. “I was at Taylor’s win over Raymond Serrano last January and I’m very aware of how tough he is.
“There’s already a great buzz about this fight and the Paramount, as always, will be packed and full of great boxing fans.”
Interestingly, this will be Algieri’s eighth consecutive fight at Paramount Theatre. Algieri’s promoter, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, raves about him and the excitement he brings to his hometown.
“This is an excellent nationally televised matchup of young, hungry junior welterweights with a lot to gain” DeGuardia said. “Chris has made the Paramount his home with his electrifying hometown performances. This will be his eighth fight in the venue, all wins and all sellouts.”
Taylor, of Edgewood Arsenal, Md., is 17-1 with 12 knockouts.
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