Ex-world champion Ruslan Provodnikov is predicting a war with Argentinian hardman Lucas Matthysse as the two punchers continue negotiations for a spring battle at super-lightweight.
Provodnikov’s manager Vadim Kornilov explained to WBN last week that a deal to face Matthysse, the current WBC Silver title holder, was ‘pretty close’ – with ‘The Siberian Rocky’ keen to seal a deal to swap blows with his heavy-handed rival.
“I definitely hope to fight Lucas Matthysse,” Provodnikov exclusively told World Boxing News.
“A fight with him has been one of my dream matchups for some time and I think it will be a great, great fight.
“It will be 100% a war! I think that this is the type of fight where one of us will not walk out of the ring on their own two feet,” he predicted.
The Russian recently defeated faded Mexican legend Jose Luis Castillo on his home soil in what many saw as a routine victory and Provodnikov is eager to secure a bout against a ranked opponent in his quest to land another world title.
Talk of the WBO sanctioning Provodnikov v Matthysse for the vacant 140lb title has been dismissed by Kornilov as Chris Algieri appeals his decision to be stripped, although any contest could conceivably be given eliminator status by the WBC to allow the winner to face the winner of the upcoming Danny Garcia v Lamont Peterson unification.