Russian pressure fighter, Ruslan Provodnikov (18-1, 12 KOs) looks to shake off the loss he suffered to Mauricio Herrera on his last Friday Night Fights appearance in January with a big win against Ivan Popoca (15-0-1, 10 KOs) on tomorrow’s ESPN2 FNF at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California
In his loss, the 27-year old jr. welterweight prospect dropped a unanimous decision to the well-rounded boxer-puncher, Herrera. Against the all-action Popoca, Provodnikov will have a much less difficult stylistic match-up.
Popoca, a Mexican native, has become a fan favorite in his adopted hometown of Chicago, but has yet to fight above the club level.
Provodnikov is coming off a February TKO 3 win over journeyman, Vyacheslav Yakovenko, in his native Russia.
— Paul Magno