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Ruslan Provodnikov returns on Nov. 28 in Moscow


Former WBO junior welterweight titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov will fight an opponent to be determined on Nov. 28 in Moscow, his promoter, Artie Pelullo, informed on Tuesday.

“Nov. 28 is the date and that’s in Moscow,” said Pelullo. “I’m excited about him fighting in Moscow for the first time in a long time.”

In his last fight in June, Provodnikov (24-3, 16 knockouts) lost his WBO junior welterweight title by split decision to Chris Algieri.

Nicknamed “The Siberian Rocky,” Provodnikov, 30, was coming off a 10th round stoppage of Mike Alvarado, whom he floored twice on the way to winning his belt last October.

Pelullo said he made offers to both two-division titlist Zab Judah as well as Mauricio Herrera, the latter of whom defeated Provodnikov by unanimous decision in January 2011. The offers were turned down.

“We’re still working on the opponent and there are three or four guys that we are working on now. We’re working on guys that are good fights but they’re not those types of top-tier names like Herrera and Judah,” said Pelullo. “Quite honestly, we offered a lot money to Herrera but he wouldn’t go to Moscow. We tried to get Zab Judah and we offered him a lot of money but he wouldn’t go to Moscow.”

The 34-year-old Herrera is coming off a majority decision victory over Johan Perez in July, which helped him rebound from a disputed majority decision loss to RING 140-pound champion Danny Garcia in March in Puerto Rico.

“Golden Boy [Promotions] told my manager about it and then they told me. At first, I wanted it. I was like, ‘Yeah, I would fight Provodnikov again.’ So they started to negotiate that fight but I never thought that it would be in Russia,” said Herrera, adding that he is being considered for a December bout in support of a fight featuring Canelo Alvarez on HBO.

“You saw what they did to me with Garcia in Puerto Rico, so now, if I went to Russia, who knows? Like with Garcia, I would probably have to knock him out to win, so it’s not enough money to fight in Russia. I don’t want to go through another experience where I thought I won and then I lose. So I figure I’ll just wait that one out to see if he wants to do a fight over here.”

Judah could not be reached for an immediate comment.

The 36-year-old southpaw Judah has lost three of his past four fights and was last in action for a unanimous decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi as a welterweight in December 2013.

Prior to facing Malignaggi, Judah had, in succession, been stopped by Amir Khan in the fifth round in July 2011, knocked out Vernon Paris March 2012 and lost by unanimous decision to Garcia in April 2013.