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well, i was wrong on this one, i thought Mike learned a lot from the Rios fight… He tried to box but the Russian really knows how to get inside… Good win for the Russian!! respect!!

Posted October 20, 2013 7:39 pm 


This fight could go either way.., It’s a really good matchup, but Alvarado could be favored because the venue is his hometown — or Provodnikov could be favored because of his strong showing vs Bradley … Neither fighter is a very skilled boxer, but Alvarado showed some versatility in his last fight. I wouldn’t touch the fight with a bet.

Posted October 19, 2013 5:46 pm 

Fight Aficionado

QUESTION: Where was Provo’s camp and what day did he arrive in Denver??? Beat reporters need to do their job and report. Reporting = information gathering and verifying.

Posted October 19, 2013 4:58 pm 


Alvarado is not a good boxer. When he so called started to box against Rios it gave the impression that he was running. He does the Sam thing Lhan does and just slides all around the ring. Unecessary movement and the would just come in and engage. I’m taking Ruslan by stoppage in the middle rounds

Posted October 19, 2013 11:52 am 


has provo had to acclimate? Go from LA to Denver is a big jump in elevation.

Posted October 19, 2013 11:41 am 


Great matchup!!!
In this fight we could easy be suprised by of one of those “styles makes fights” fight and could dominate the other …
However I think Alvarado will outbox prodvodnikov but get caught and lose by a ko …

Provodnikov W by ko round 3

Posted October 19, 2013 6:26 am 


Provo looks strong, KO win middle rounds.

Posted October 19, 2013 3:02 am 


Wtf top rank fighters making weight…crazy.

Posted October 19, 2013 2:24 am 

Joseph Herron

Sorry, Nameless…I was busy writing…my prediction and analysis article is being published tomorrow morning, so you will have to wait until then.

I’m here now for about thirty minutes if you have any questions or comments for me.

Posted October 19, 2013 1:30 am 

Joseph Herron


Why am I a clown for espousing a true statement?

If I have an opinion about something, I will voice it as an opinion that is definitely up for debate.

Game on, my friend!!

Posted October 19, 2013 1:27 am 

Tomato Can

Man Mike has more KO’s than Provodnikov has fights. That’s got to amount to something going into this fight. Still Styles make fights, and from what I’ve seen of both fighters, I would have to say Ruslan will probably win by KO. But no matter what happens the leather is going to be landing hard in this fight.

Posted October 19, 2013 12:47 am 


Rios is a nobody. A nobody KOd Alvarado. Alvarado barely beat Rios in II. Rios will get killed by Manny. Bradley lost to Manny. Rios lost to Provo. Bradley would beat Alvarado. Provo will totally FU Alvarado.

Posted October 19, 2013 12:44 am 


“Joseph Herron
You make me laugh, Largo…I’m not trying to debate you, brother.
To me, this really isn’t up for debate. The truth isn’t relative, it’s absolute. I’m just telling you how it is, man.”
Posted October 18, 2013 10:44 pm
So the truth is absolute. I don’t think we have many philosophers posting on ESB but this is going to bite herron in the ass. “The truth isn’t relative, it’s absolute.” Really? LOL. THIS GUY IS A CLOWN.

Posted October 19, 2013 12:42 am 


Alvarado is toast

Posted October 19, 2013 12:39 am 


I guess he is gone, I wanted to ask him about his prediction and about the truth being absolute.

Posted October 19, 2013 12:29 am 


i think Mike would box Ruslan, he learned a lot from Rios, this is going to be or suppose to be Alvarado vs Rios 3, i’ll go for Mike, by UD.

but then again, this is boxing.

Posted October 19, 2013 12:28 am 


i think Mike would box Ruslan, he learned a lot from R

Posted October 19, 2013 12:27 am 



Posted October 19, 2013 12:23 am 


c’mon, herron, you cannot vanish so fast.

Posted October 19, 2013 12:15 am 


what is your prediction

Posted October 19, 2013 12:08 am 


hey, joseph herron, are you there?

Posted October 19, 2013 12:07 am 

Truth Teller

Think you guys are making too big a deal about the weight cut. It’s not like he had to shed 2-3 pounds. To me the weight is irrelevant in this fight. It’s going to come down to will and guts. I think Ruslan wants it more, is hungrier and has his eye on the prize. Both guys are coming off of brutal fights but I just see Ruslan as being the guy who is focused and wants the accolades more.

Posted October 19, 2013 12:01 am 


Thanks for funy posts.

Posted October 19, 2013 12:01 am 


herron, what is your prediction?

Posted October 18, 2013 11:54 pm 


joey herron, back in action!

Posted October 18, 2013 11:41 pm 

Joseph Herron


In the immortal words of Rick Flair: “To be the man, you have to beat the man!!”

…and that’s exactly what Ruslan has to do tomorrow night to stay on HBO!!

Posted October 18, 2013 11:25 pm 


Got that ass on pause as I had to look at the newly posted photos…..Damn Mike looks a little drained…..ummmmmm… box and not try to showboat for the home crowd…..Russian looking solid…..

Joseph, long live the four brother…..if they don’t like it they best learn to love it because it the best thing going today….Woooooooooooah!

Posted October 18, 2013 11:06 pm 


Good nite.

Posted October 18, 2013 11:03 pm 


Joseph, Ruslan by KO.

Posted October 18, 2013 11:02 pm 

Joseph Herron

LOL…the horsemen will ride again!!

Posted October 18, 2013 11:00 pm 


Got to rest up…..pop some booty and be ready for a great fight….BAHAHA

Posted October 18, 2013 10:59 pm 


Largo just tune in to the fight then call in on Sunday for any debate after the chips fall…check the form for the number or just ask Joseph as I am sure he will share.


Posted October 18, 2013 10:58 pm 

Joseph Herron


i hope you like the photos I attached to the article (finally!)

The first photo was taken just after the first weigh in.

The second shot was taken right after Mike finally made weight.

The photos were taken by Carlos Sacriste

Posted October 18, 2013 10:52 pm 

Joseph Herron

Don’t be so paranoid, Largo…I’m not trying to get the better of you or make a point at your expense…everyone on his site knows I don’t roll that way.

By the way, you directed your comment specifically to me first…so, I’m addressing you for a reason…but I’m trying to be informative, not argumentative.

Posted October 18, 2013 10:47 pm 

Joseph Herron

You make me laugh, Largo…I’m not trying to debate you, brother.

To me, this really isn’t up for debate. The truth isn’t relative, it’s absolute. I’m just telling you how it is, man.

Posted October 18, 2013 10:44 pm 


Mr. Herron, you won’t make your day with me. If you don’t think that making good, accurate predictions based in skills & physical assessment is irrelevant because some trainers & fighters get it wrong, here & there, then that reinforces my feeling about you & me not being in the same boxing page so I’ll insist in my previous thought that you should move on & so should i…we have no much in common so let’s be what we are & move on…

Posted October 18, 2013 10:36 pm 

el chapo

the russian by KO. Alvarado had his 3 minutes – Rios cut his 5 min short.

Posted October 18, 2013 10:30 pm 

Joseph Herron


What’s really funny about your pride in prognostication is that all of the best minds in boxing usually don’t waste their time with predictions.

Trainers and fighters are often wrong when they make predictions and know the fight game better than pretty much everybody.

Analysis is always more telling.

Posted October 18, 2013 10:16 pm 

Joseph Herron

Thanks, Bustajay!!

BTW, I’m freezing my arse off here in Denver!! LOL

But the boxing fans are great here!! The venue for tomorrow night’s fight is sold out and the city is buzzing about Mike, so it should be an electric atmosphere for tomorrow night’s event!!

Posted October 18, 2013 10:06 pm 

Joseph Herron


I understand…but anyone can make a prediction.

Making an accurate analysis is always much more difficult and really proves your knowledge of the fight game. Even if you make the wrong prediction, you assessment of how the fight could potentially play out and showing keys to victory for both men always says more about someone’s boxing IQ.

FYI, I actually predicted the Bradley fight when most of my colleagues were choosing JMM last weekend.

I will be publishing a head to head article tomorrow.

BTW, I also predicted that CJ Ross would incorrectly score the Mayweather/Canelo bout a draw…how’s that for being in the know?

Posted October 18, 2013 10:03 pm 


I predicted Provo by KO the first time the fight was announced-I always do that on every fight, including Bradley/ Marquez-& I keep posting until the day of the fight…after the fight, I stop posting because AFTER the fight you get 100 experts telling you what happened & what didn’t & what’ll happen next & how…but you never see those experts BEFORE the fight. Anyways, if predicting doesn’t excite you, move on with your life & don’t mind me-I won’t mind you- because we’re different type of boxing fans…Provo by KO, only thing is Mike has an excuse now…whatever.

Posted October 18, 2013 10:02 pm 


This is boxing and anything can happen within 3 minutes baby.
This is not an orgy where by sunrise you know you are getting FKed people.
Mike can win…..Russian can win……
Will Mike box?
Will Russian push the action?
Will the crowd push Mike to brawl?
Anything and everything will play out under the big lights and we will and shall enjoy a great fight.

Can’t wait to recap this Sunday with Joseph

Posted October 18, 2013 9:59 pm 


Ruslan by KO.

Posted October 18, 2013 9:41 pm 



Posted October 18, 2013 9:41 pm 


“Those in the know have an idea most of the time, but upsets happen frequently in boxing.”… Mr. Herron, don’t you wanna be & showed that you belong to “those in the know that have an idea MOST of time? Well, Sr. you can prove that you belong, making good predictions MOST of the time; upsets happen, I agree, but frequently? Hahahahaha, how frequently? If you don’t enjoy testing how good a fighter & judge you are, visualizing how fighter A would do against fighter B, according to their skills & physical attributes & dare to make a bold prediction based on that, then my friend, I have nothing further to say to you because we’re different kinds of boxing fans…

Posted October 18, 2013 9:40 pm 

Tomato Can

You don’t want to any fight drained, but going into a fight drained against a heavy hitter like Provodnikov could be hazardous to your health..

Posted October 18, 2013 9:32 pm 

Ray Ray

Hells yeah….fireworks here.

Posted October 18, 2013 9:16 pm 

Joseph Herron

I really don’t understand why every one who posts on this site is so enamored with being right about fight predictions.

It really doesn’t mean jack poop…it’s called the theater of the unexpected for a reason and no one really knows what’s going to happen.

That’s the truth…those in the know have an idea most of the time, but upsets happen frequently in boxing. That’s why we watch…because we really don’t know how the drama is going to ultimately unfold.

Posted October 18, 2013 9:04 pm 


Provo by KO.

Posted October 18, 2013 8:56 pm 


Alvarado looked terrible. I was going with Ruslan by late KO but I think it will be the middle rounds now

Posted October 18, 2013 8:54 pm 


& for many other fights before that; check’em out…

Posted October 18, 2013 8:41 pm 


This has become the rule at ESB, you get 10, 15, 20 comments before the fight-don’t matter how exciting the fight promised to be-& 2 or 3 posters that dare to post a definite & clear prediction but AFTER the fight, then we get 500 comments from screen names we never heard about before & from resident ESB posters that didn’t want to risk a wrong prediction fearing to look bad…the same happened for Bradley/Marquez.

Posted October 18, 2013 8:39 pm 


If Mike boxes I predict Provo’s knocking him out; if he brawls I predict Ruslan’s knocking him out; if he has problems making 140, Provo’s knocking him out; if he doesn’t have weight issues, he’s getting KO…do we make predictions in this site anymore?

Posted October 18, 2013 8:14 pm 

Fight Aficionado

te tumbo, I don’t recall Mike missing weight on the first try before. Important thing is he did it, like a professional. Sometimes as you know guys gas out in the later rounds but I’m not worried about him. Adrenaline with the hometown crowd will help and he tends to get a second wind better than some guys. Also keep in ind Provo is coming to high elevation which is tough. Nobody ever answered my question about where his came was and when he arrived in Denver.

Posted October 18, 2013 8:09 pm 

Fight Aficionado

Joseph, got it but to me the most newsworthy item after the initial weigh in was Mike missing 140. In any case I see the data has been updated and Mike made weight. Good, it’s going to be a banging title fight.

Posted October 18, 2013 8:01 pm 

te tumbo

Mike did look a bit worn in the “face off” segment with Kellermagpie. having to boil down to make weight is not an encouraging sign. i don’t recall that ever being the case before(?). i hope that this development doesn’t compromise the resilience he’s displayed in previous fights. in fact, the timing couldn’t be worse. a letdown at the peak of his notoriety would be a demotion back to presumed Friday-Night set-up guy for presumably authentic up-and-comers (e.g. Presscott and Rios).

Posted October 18, 2013 7:57 pm 

E in Denver

Fight Aficionado- Yeah. The guy has to cut a lot to make 140. He probably walks around high 160’s & still looks pretty lean. Party life & age is gonna force him up in weight if it hasn’t already.

Posted October 18, 2013 7:42 pm 

Joseph Herron

Fight Aficionado,

This isn’t a press release…it is supposed to tell the fans that after a fighter gets to this level where he starts receiving accolades and money, he still has to fight to stay on the biggest stage of boxing as a headliner.

You still have to prove yourself in boxing…that’s what makes this sport so special.

Posted October 18, 2013 7:10 pm 

Fight Aficionado

E in Denver, I noticed every single pic of him working out this week he was wearing a plastic suit. So he was trying to dry out to cut weight. Bet he was at least 10 lbs over as of Monday.

Posted October 18, 2013 6:54 pm 

Fight Aficionado

This press release is LOL. Bunch of yada yada yada then at the end: “Mike has two hours to lose the additional pound or he forfeits his title and loses eligibility to compete for the WBO 140 pound Championship.”

Posted October 18, 2013 6:52 pm 

E in Denver

You could see Alvarado looked drained even at the press conference. The distractions that should happen after a fight goes on during training with Alvarado. It hasn’t been an issue in previous fights but it seems to be showing up now. We will see if it carries into the ring tomorrow.

Posted October 18, 2013 6:41 pm 

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