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This is hard to call.
One factor that I can’t shake is that Alvarado is likely the hardest puncher that Provodnikov has ever shared a ring with, and probably by a fairly big margin.
I’m not sure I can say the same in the opposite direction. Provodnikov is a big hitter, but the jury would be out as to whether he is stronger than Rios to any remarkable degree.

Having said all that, my gut tells me that Alvarado will try to re-do his Rios rematch performance… but this time he’ll be doing it against a better chaser and I’m guessing he won’t survive it (i.e. Rios is a little bit more like the Margarito-esque, Chavez-Jr-esque “Jason Vorhees” monster that just walks after you until you stop moving, and only then he starts punching…. Provodnikov is a bit more methodical like a Golovkin style stalker, where he will be punching while he walks you down).

Posted October 18, 2013 11:34 am 


Good for HBO for bringing back competetive fights. I’m leaning toward Alvarado. He handled the pressure and power from Rios last time out, and Provodnikov has taken a lot of punishment with his all offence style. Ruslan should have gotten a rest and an easy tune up before another life and death brawl.

Posted October 18, 2013 8:43 am 


Man, you don’t get it, do you? If he boxes, he’s getting stopped; if he brawls, he’s getting stopped…it won’t make a damned difference, Mike is getting stopped.

Posted October 18, 2013 6:29 am 

terror tim

largo, I am leaning towards Ruslan too but to say the fighter who is the better pure boxer approach doesn’t matter just doesn’t make sense. Kovalev has one punch power. Watch his last 3 fights. Ruslan doesn’t have that kind of power. Kovalev is kayoing some bigger names like Cleverly and Campillo where Rulsan’s stoppages have come against lesser known guys. Also one of the easier fights to call in years? Easier than the last 40 Mayweather fights? Sorry but this is a close fight. You might be right and I think you might be but Alvarado can win this fight if he boxes smart. He has the faster hands and when he wants can be a smart boxer. His problem is he likes to brawl too but he isn’t as durable as Ruslan is.

Posted October 18, 2013 2:02 am 


“Is Ruslan that strong of a puncher?”…he’s not a one-shot KO puncher but he has heavy hands & like GGG & Kovalev, he’s a bulldozer who stays on top of opponents, punching non-stop until they go down…Alvarado is getting run over by a bulldozer.

Posted October 17, 2013 9:31 pm 


…paste it.

Posted October 17, 2013 7:55 pm 


Terror tim, I’m copying my comment-the one on this thread-to pasted after the fight; Mike’s approach won’t make a darn difference…Provo is running him over like the bulldozer he is. I told you this is the easiest fight to predict in years…see you after the fight.

Posted October 17, 2013 7:48 pm 

terror tim

Is Ruslan that strong of a puncher? I have seen him fight a lot and he has power and enough to kayo you but I don’t see him have one punch power. He has a decent kayo ratio and can hurt you but I don’t think he is the devastating puncher some want to say. Alvarado has some good power too and he carries it late into the fight as well. Just see his fight vs Prescott who had never been stopped before that fight. Both guys can punch. I would say Ruslan is more durable and that might be the difference. That is why Alvarado’s approach has everything to do with how this fight plays out, just like it did vs the Rios fights. Alvarado’s problem is he likes to brawl too, don’t do it vs Ruslan.

Posted October 17, 2013 7:11 pm 


I’ll take Alvarado in this one, but it’s not an easy fight to pick a winner. Alvarado is the better boxer and, for the most part, I prefer the boxer over the puncher. Boxers tend to go with plan B when plan A is not producing the desired results. Punchers, on the other hand, tend to go for the fences when things are not going their way, leaving themselves wide open.

Of course, punchers can finish the fight with one punch, so one must be careful when betting against them. Nevertheless, I think Alvarado will prevail and win by decision.

Posted October 17, 2013 6:11 pm 

Robert A.

terror tim; I used to take a bus to a bar about 2 miles from my pad after work and after a few beers I’d catch another bus for home. That worked pretty well until the driver must have smelled the alcohol and decided to pass right by me at the bus stop. That happened enough times until I finally quit going to the bar rather than risk another DUI. You might do well to have a back-up plan in place before you head out to Bloomfield.

Posted October 17, 2013 5:17 pm 


terror tim, this is the easiest fight to predict in years…Mike’s approach to this fight won’t make any difference; Ruslan will get on top of him from the get-go, punching body-head, head-body & will maul him mercilessly producing the stoppage. I predict Alvarado will have some early success in the first couple of rounds but Provo will be too much for him; Mike’s going down.

Posted October 17, 2013 2:13 pm 

terror tim

Should be a fun fight but it isn’t really in Denver. It is in Bloomfield which isn’t even really a suburb of Denver. Wish it was in Denver, save me from taking the bus out there as I won’t chance a DUI. If Alvarado can stay disciplined and not get in a brawl he will win but Alvarado rarely does that. Ruslan is one tough MFer. If this turns into a brawl he will win this and maybe by KO. Go get him Mile High Mike!!!

Posted October 17, 2013 1:53 pm 


Ruslan by stoppage.

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