"He said he is going to try and box me and I am ready for anything. I can also box, I am not only a brawler and we can compete in any style that he chooses. I think if Mike chooses to box it will be better for me because I think that Mike is a better brawler than he is a boxer," stated hard-hitting jr. welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov, who talked about his upcoming showdown this Saturday with interim WBO jr. welterweight champion Mike Alvarado. Although Alvarado insists that he'll utilize his boxing skills to avoid a war, Provodnikov believes that old habits die hard and eventually, the fight will break into a slugfest.
"I think we are going to have to fight no matter what. Whether it will be one punch, but I think it will turn into a fight no matter what. I don't think either of us can run for the entire fight and I don't think he'll be able to box with me as well as he thinks. This will turn into a fight. If I can make Timothy Bradley fight me I don't think there is anyone that won't end up fighting me," Provodnikov explained. "A lot of different fighters have had a plan when coming into the ring with me but usually in fights with guys like Mike Alvarado and myself the plan changes after the first punch. That is my hope for this fight"
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