Provodnikov vs. Castillo Preview

By Robert Ecksel on November 12, 2014
Provodnikov vs. Castillo Preview
Castillo wasn't Provo’s first choice of an opponent. He’d love another shot at Tim Bradley.

Other fighters beside Castillo were offered a chance to fight Provodnikov and turned him down. Who can blame them?

On Nov. 28, 2014, Ruslan Provodnikov, aka The Siberian Rocky, from Beryozovo, Russia, is returning home to fight his first fight in his native land since Dec. 5, 2011, when he gets it on with Jose Luis Castillo, aka El Temible, from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, at the Luzhniki GCKZ Arena in Moscow.

While Russian fight fans are chomping at the bit in anticipation of this bout, enthusiasm is muted in other parts of the world. It’s not because of Provodnikov. He’s not the problem. It’s because of Castillo, who is 40 years old and is more than a decade past his prime.

Castillo’s boom years were the early to mid 2000s. He won the WBC lightweight title in 2000 by defeating over Stevie Johnston. Two years later he fought the first of two fights with Floyd Mayweather. In 2004 he regained the WBC lightweight title with a decision over Juan Lazcano. And on May 7, 2005, Castillo fought Diego Corrales in one of the greatest fights of all time. 

Castillo has been busy since then. He has had 19 fights in the intervening years and won all but five of them. But in this decade he has gone 6-3 against competition that has gotten weaker over time.

Castillo wasn’t Provodnikov’s first choice of an opponent. He’d love another shot at Timothy Bradley, to whom he lost a disputed decision in the 2013 Fight of the Year. But Bradley, however tough, is no fool.

Other fighters beside Castillo were offered a chance to fight Provodnikov and not surprisingly turned him down.

Who can blame them?

Castillo (66-12-1, 5 KOs) may be shot or close to it, but Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) is happy to be fighting, and even happier to be fighting in Russia.

“I’m happy to be fighting at home!” he said. “It’s been three years and I’m ready for war with Castillo! Hope to see all my fans in Moscow on Nov. 28th!”

Castillo is happy as well, but for reasons known only to him.

“I am very excited to have Ruslan fight back in Moscow,” he said. “Ruslan is one of the biggest stars in the sport of boxing. He will be fighting in front of his countrymen in a sold out arena against a great former world champion in Jose Luis Castillo.”

Hopefully the fight will more competitive in the ring than it appears on paper.

But don’t bet on it.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 01:32pm, 11/13/2014

    This is going to be ugly. Castillo is beyond shot, he’s been done for quite a while now. I’m not one to deny a person from making a living and payday,  but I think this will be a serious Provo beat down…Just hope Castillo does not get seriously hurt…Peace.

  2. Glen 06:46am, 11/13/2014

    I got only one word for this fight… MISMATCH!

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