Provodnikov returns to ring June 11 against Molina

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 12, 2016 10:37 AM
 Provodnikov returns to ring June 11 against Molina
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VERONA, N.Y. (AP) — Former champion Ruslan Provodnikov returns to the ring June 11, taking on John Molina Jr. in a 12-round bout at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Provodnikov, who has lost three of his last six fights, will try to build on a knockout win in his last bout in November against previously undefeated Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez. The 140-pound fight will be televised on Showtime.

Promoter Bob Arum had been trying to get Provodnikov (25-4, 18 knockouts) in a summer fight against junior welterweight title holder Terence Crawford, but the Russian fighter decided to fight Molina instead.

Molina (28-6, 23 knockouts) has lost three of his last four fights, but is coming off a knockout win over Jorge Romero in November.

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