Hard-hitting welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov has begun the process of gaining an immediate return with WBO champion Timothy Bradley after the two shared twelve punishing rounds last month.
The 29 year-old just missed out on dethroning Bradley after putting the American down twice in the fight as referee Pat Russell missed an all important knockdown in the first round which could have made the contest a majority draw.
Instead, Provodnikov was beaten 115-112, 114-113 twice on the scorecards and now wants the WBO to act and force Bradley to put his belt on the line against him again in the coming months.
“I think it was a great performance and a great fight. Definitely a fight of the year candidate,” Provodnikov told World Boxing News.
“I think everybody expected to see a similar fight from Rios vs. Alvarado II too as they did from the first fight and It was another great fight!
“No one expected Bradley vs. Provodnikov be as much fireworks as it was and we are now talking to the WBO as we have petitioned to the CA commission for an immediate rematch to be ordered. We believe that the referee definitely missed some knockdowns and I think if Timothy Bradley and I had another fight it would be another great one.
“Bradley and I have some unfinished business in the ring and we definitely have to get in the ring again to prove who the champion is.
“As shown in the first fight, a knockout is always possible, although Bradley fought like a true warrior, a man and a great champion. He made the fans and myself respect him a lot more after our fight and we should do it again for them.”
Provodnikov watched on as Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado fought out an entertaining rematch this weekend of their fight of the year contender last year and the former Intercontinental title holder told WBN he would consider a meeting with either.
“Rios or Alvarado would be another great fight for me in the future where people would not stay on their seats for long, but Bradley first,” added Provodnikov.