Saturday night on HBO Boxing big punching Jr. welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov will take on prospect Chris Algieri in a 12-round bout from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ruslan Provodnikov vs Chris Algieri Boxing Betting Odds have Provodnikov as the heavy -600 favorite. The top contender Provodnikov, 23-2, 16 KO’s, most recently dispatched of contender Mike Alvarado via 10th round KO. Algieri, 19-0, 8 KO’s, will be taking a major step up in class against Provodnikov after being an ESPN2 boxing club fighter. Our panel gives away an expert boxing picks free play on this battle of 140 Lb. contenders. Ruslan Provodnikov vs Chris Algieri Boxing Betting Odds have Provodnikov at -600 at SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
Ruslan Provodnikov – Boxer: The bull-necked 5’6″ Siberian is a pure puncher with one-punch knockout power in both hands. Provodinikov, 30, stalks his prey with a murderous grin and when he lands a clean punch his fights usually end in spectacular fashion. Provodnikov is experienced and knows how to effectively use his aggression by cutting off the ring and roughing his man up inside. Provodnikov is a terror as an in-fighter, delivering rib-shattering body blows and home run hooks over the top. Provodnikov is very resilient with a granite chin and good stamina but he is prone to cuts. Short-armed (66″ reach) and wild-swinging, Provodnikov can be outboxed and counterpunched. Provodnikov is hittable and slow-footed with a jab that at times is non-existent. Provodnikov’s best wins are over contender Mike Alvarado KO10 and veteran Emmanuel Augustus but the Siberian’s best fight was a controversial MD12 loss to champion Timothy Bradley.
Chris Algieri -Boxer: The lanky 5’10” Algieri is a pure boxer that relies on movement, speed and technique to win fights. Algieri has good footwork and a long jab (73″ reach”) that he uses well to keep distance and set up combinations. The New York based fighter is resilient and owns better than average hand-speed. Algieri, 30, is a former kickboxer that got a late start in boxing and occasionally you will see his lack of natural boxing instinct. Algieri is an average puncher at best and his defense is not much better. Algieri has never been tested against top-flight opposition and his chin and stamina are still question marks. Algieri’s best wins are over fringe contenders Emmanuel Taylor UD10 and Mike Aranoutis UD10.
Expert Boxing Picks Free Prediction: The untested Algieri is a brave soul to take on one of the most frightening punchers in all of boxing in Provodnikov. ESPN2 News staff has nicknamed Provodnikov “The Axe Muderer” and we grade him as the #2 hardest puncher in the world. Algieri is slight of frame and Provodnikov’s bodyshots will break the taller boxer in half. Expect Provodinkov to bloody and batter the game but outgunned Italian somewhere around the 7th or 8th frame.
Expert Boxing Picks Free Play: Ruslan Provodnikov -600