Big-punching former welterweight title challenger Ruslan Provodnikov is ready and willing to oppose Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September and thinks he has what it takes to inflict the first defeat on the pound for pound king.
The 29 year-old, who had Timothy Bradley out on his feet on more than one occasion in losing a tight points verdict in March, is looking to solve Mayeweather’s opponent poser for his next outing and believes that a meeting between the pair would be an entertaining one.
“I’m ready to fight the best,” Provodnikov declared to World Boxing News. “I know I almost had the title in my hands against Bradley and I know I’m even closer to it now.
“I know that I will fight Floyd Mayweather either in September or in the near future and I’m ready to fight him.
“I don’t like to make predictions, but I know that styles make fights and I think he’s beatable. I know that I will be the toughest opponent he has faced yet. Mayweather is a great technician and I have great power in my punches. This is the type of fights that everybody loves to see!”
Provodnikov, who’s record stands at 22-2 with 15 stoppages, may now be one of most avoided in the division on the back of his performance against Bradley, but hopes to seal a big name between 140 and 147lbs in the coming months.
“I’m ready to fight Alvarado, Marquez, Bradley, Garcia, Peterson, Matthysse – the best at those weights and it will always be fireworks just like when I fought Bradley, that I can promise,” he added.