Provodnikov eyes spring return, prefers Maidana over Broner

Exciting WBO light-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov is ready to make his return to the ring in the first third of 2014 after dethroning Mike Alvarado of his world crown earlier in 2013.

‘The Siberian Rocky’ has no shortage of options available to him between 140 and 147lb, with an abundance of talent in both divisions, as Provodknikov mulls over whether to stick at his current weight or move back up.

Provodnikov has fluctuated between the divisions in each of his last three fights, and after witnessing the recent clash between Marcos Maidana and Adrien Broner, was instantly linked to a fight with the latter.

Broner looks certain to move back down the weights to at least 140 after coming up short against the Argentinian, although Provodnikov surprisingly would prefer to move up and challenge Maidana for his WBA welterweight belt.

“Maidana v Broner was a great fight! I really enjoyed the fight and Maidana’s style and strategy for the fight was very well executed,” Provodnikov told World Boxing News.

“I know people are talking about me fighting Broner, but wouldn’t you rather see me fight with Maidana? I think it is possible that Broner moved up too quickly, but I see a better fight for the fans with Maidana.

“My manager and promoters are talking about the fight daily as far as I know. I might fight in March or April. I don’t know yet who it’s going to be, but we will soon find out.”

Manny Pacquiao’s latest conquest Brandon Rios is another name in the mix as both have expressed their interest in an encounter, with the picture to become clearer after the holiday period when Provodnikov sits down with Artie Pelullo.

The 29 year-old has raised his stock considerably in what has a been a breakout year for him, even in defeat against Timothy Bradley in April, as Provodnikov looks destined for more huge headline bouts in the New Year. 

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