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Will stablemates Ruslan Provodnikov, Viktor Postol ever clash?

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20
May

Unbeaten Ukrainian junior welterweight Viktor Postol benefitted from sparring sessions with Russian WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov, his managerial stablemate, in advance of last Saturday's 11th-round knockout of Turkey's Selcuk Aydin.

Their manager, Vadim Kornilov, expects Provodnikov (23-2, 16 knockouts) to profit similarly from their training experience when he faces Chris Algieri in a June 14 defense.

"Viktor was ready for anything that Aydin could bring that night because of sparring with Ruslan and another one of my fighters, Sukhrab Shidaev," said Kornilov. "Both guys are stronger and bigger than Aydin, and for Ruslan, Viktor was perfect for what Algieri will bring to the ring on June 14 at the Barclay Center in New York."

The 5-foot-11 Postol (26-0, 11 knockouts) was particularly impressive against Aydin (26-3, 19 KOs), who was both knocked down and knocked out for the first time in his career. Aydin was in search of his fourth straight win and his third consecutive knockout victory, having gone the distance in previous welterweight losses by unanimous decision to ex-beltholder Robert Guerrero in July 2012 and to Jesus Soto Karass in January 2013, respectively.

"It was a great performance, and only after being with us for six weeks in Los Angeles, he has drastically improved. He was very impressive, especially to those who have seen him fight before," said Kornilov of Postol.

"The improvement was obvious. He definitely made a big statement in the division this past Saturday. Aydin has never been knocked down, and he fought some good competitition. So Postol put himself in line with the top runners in the division by that shutout performane and the 11th-round KO."

The victory followed up Postol's unanimous decision win over Behzod Nabiev in December, making him the mandatory challenger to the WBC belt owned by RING and WBA champion Danny Garcia, who is coming off a disputed majority decision over Mauricio Herrera in March.

Kornilov discussed the futures of Provodnikov and Postol, including a potential showdown between the two, in this Q&A, below.

RingTV.com: What were your impressions of Postol's performance and how it enhanced his marketability and credibility in the 140-pound weight class?

Vadim Kornilov: It was a great performance, and only after being with us for six weeks in Los Angeles, he has drastically improved. He was very impressive, especially to those who have seen him fight before. The improvement was obvious.

He definitely made a big statement in the division this past Saturday. Aydin has never been knocked down, and he fought some good competitition, so Postol put himself in line with the top runners in the division by that shutout performane and the 11th-round KO.

RingTV.com: What opportunity did Postol set himself up for?

VK: This was a final elimination for the WBC super lightweight world championship belt which Danny Garcia holds currently.

RingTV.com: What sort of fight or challenge would you believe that Postol would present for Garcia?

VK: A very serious challenge, especially after Garcia's last performance against Herrera. I'm pretty sure Garcia will not want to fight Postol and will move up in weight. I expect that Garcia will move up in weight, and Postol will be the new champion having to defend his new title.

RingTV.com: Would the Golden Boy-Top Rank feud be a factor in a potential Garcia-Postol fight?

VK: No definitely not. Postol is open to fighting anybody in the division.

RingTV.com: Can you characterize the intensity and the action in the Provodnikov-Postol sparring sessions, and how beneficial they were for each of them?

VK: Not the most intense sparring between Viktor and Ruslan. Ususally those of Ruslan with other agressive brawlers are the most intense I have ever seen. It was very beneficial. I actually wish we could use Viktor further for Ruslan's remaining camp.

Viktor was ready for anything that Aydin could bring that night because of sparring with Ruslan and another one of my fighters, Sukhrab Shidaev.

Both guys are stronger and bigger than Aydin, and for Ruslan, Viktor was perfect for what Algieri will bring to the ring on June 14 at the Barclay Center in New York.

RingtV.com: Do you see a Provodnikov-Postol fight somewhere down the road?

VK: I think they both have their plates full with all the other competition in the light welterweight division. On top of that, they are friendly, and both are trained by the same trainers, and are part of one team.