Manager: Ruslan Provodnikov could face Chris Algieri on June 14


Ruslan Provodnikov … being Ruslan Provodnikov. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

WBO 140-pound beltholder Ruslan Provodnikov could return to the ring against unbeaten Chris Algieri on June 14 on HBO, his manager, Vadim Kornilov, confirmed to on Thursday.

The likely undercard could feature junior middleweight Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 knockouts) challenging WBO titleholder Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs), in accordance with an earlier report by

"Algieri looks like the likely opponent to be fighting Ruslan on June 14," said Kornilov, citing conversations with promoter Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions. "After talking to Artie Pelullo, it seems like everything is coming to a close toward making that fight specifically against Algieri."

Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) was last in the ring for a 10th-round stoppage of Mike Alvarado, whom he floored twice on the way to winning his belt in October.

Prior to facing Alvarado, Provodnikov lost a unanimous decision to WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley in THE RING's 2013 Fight of the Year.

The 30-year-old Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) was last in the ring for last month's unanimous decision over Emmanuel Taylor.