Provodnikov Hitting Verona, Showtime



Provodnikov Hitting Verona, Showtime

His landing on the Showtime launching pad has been in the works for over a year. It was put off, when HBO won the bid to show Ruslan Provodnikov/Lucas Matthysse, but soon, The Siberian Rocky will bring his money back guarantee to the Sho side.

Come June 11, Provo will bring his promise of violence, and ample eyeballs, to Showtime.

Promoter Art Pelullo told me that yes, he'd listened to talk of a Provo vs Terence Crawford fight. But the money and the longer term prospects made more sense within the Showtime sphere, he said. “I think my guy knocks out Crawford…but Stephen Espinoza was instrumental in seeing this through. Credit to him. And after this, there are so many good fights there…Broner, Garcia, etcetera.”

Main Event: Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) vs. John Molina Jr. (28-6, 23 KOs) – 12-Rd Super Lightweight Bout
Start Time: 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Venue: Turning Stone Casino – Verona, NY
Promoter: Banner Promotions
Induction Weekend for International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Main event features two fighters involved in Fights of Year

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.