Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4) has set his sights on a number of targets and aims to make 2016 a year to remember.
Last week, Provodnikov, stopped Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez during the fourth round in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The Siberian Rocky is now looking forward to 2016, stating “This was a good win for me. I felt confident and my defense already felt better. I know that in the next camp things will come together for me and Joel’s training. My goal for next year is to avenge my losses to Lucas Matthysse, Mauricio Herrera, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri!”
Out of all those potential opponents, a rematch with Bradley definitely stands out. When Provodnikov encountered Bradley in 2013 it became the fight of the year, with Bradley emerging victorious.
Provodnikov’s new trainer, Joel Diaz, parted ways with Timothy Bradley just a few months ago, shortly before taking Provodnikov under his wing. Diaz and Provodnikov gelled well in their first outing as did Bradley and his new trainer Teddy Atlas.
When you consider the history between Bradley and Diaz, their less than amicable split and the original Provodnikov vs. Bradley bout – a rematch appears to be a very juicy prospect.
However, Bradley, who stopped Brandon Rios during the ninth round of their bout on November 7th has many options open to him going forward into 2016. Aside from a potential rematch with Provonikov there have been at least three other potential fights that Bradley could feature in; Eddie Hearn, has said on a number of occasions that he would like to make Brook vs. Bradley (which would be a unification bout), Manny Pacquiao is also considering Bradley as a potential opponent for his last ever fight in April 2016 and Bradley has also been mentioned as a potential opponent for Canelo in 2016 at 154lbs.
A rematch with Bradley would be great for the fans, but regardless of who Ruslan tees off against next, he is in a great position and going forward into 2016 he is certain to feature in some cracking fights.