In the main event of the evening inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Ruslan Provodnikov took on Chris Algieri with the WBO junior welterweight title on the line.
Coming into this, Algieri wasn’t given much of a chance against the hard-punching Provodnikov, with a lot of people expecting him to be knocked out within the first few rounds, despite his unblemished record.
He knew that if he was going to win this fight, it would have to be the most masterful performance that he has ever put on in the ring.
“We’ve got to go out there and be a master boxer,” Algieri told the New York Post. “This is a boxing match. It’s not a barroom brawl. So, I’ve got to go out there and use my skills.”
Rovodikov did not waste any time whatsoever going to work in this one, getting Algieri on the canvas in a hurry, not once, but twice.
Again, coming in, a lot of people expected Algieri to be out of this one within the first two rounds, but he did say that he was going to leave everything in the ring tonight, and he bounced back rather nicely.
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He was even able to stun the monster. .
Even with the comebacks, albeit in spurts, the right eye of Algieri was severely damaged.
After all of the talk coming into this fight about Algieri not being able to stay in it for long, he certainly made quite the impression on not just the champ, but his trainer Freddie Roach, who at one point in between rounds was asking his fighter to get the knockout. That is how close this fight ultimately became.
It went all the way into the 12th round, with Algieri undoubtedly making a lot of money with the gritty performance that he put on tonight.
When the judges scorecards came back, Chris Algieri was named the winner via split decision, and we saw a new WBO junior welterweight champion crowned this evening.
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This was one of the toughest performances that we have seen a boxer put on in a while, and Algieri deserved this win in the end.