By Alexey Sukachev
Junior welterweight hope Ruslan Provodnikov (12-0, 7 KOs) will make a quantum leap up in class by facing hard-charging Columbian Breidis ‘Khanqueror’ Prescott (21-1, 18 KOs) in a scheduled twelve-rounder for a vacant WBO Intercontinental title at 140 lbs. The cross-roader, which has been confirmed today by matchmaker Stanislav Bukhlov, will take place on November 28 in Samara during a major show, promoted by Kira Plotnikova, the spouse of late Russian promoter Alexey Plotnikov, who tragically passed away in a car accident in November 2007. Matchmakers are Stanislav Bukhlov and Andrey Katyshev (German Titov Promotions).
Provodnikov is co-promoted by German Titov Promotions and Banner Promotions. He was showcased in America six times, including fights on ESPN and four first-round kayos, and is coming back after a long time off, which he had taken to graduate from the Nizhnevartovsk State University. Ruslan is slated to face Uzbek Mahsud Jumaev (2-6-1) in a tune-up fight on October 24 in Ekaterinburg. Prescott (WBO #11 and IBF #14 lightweight in the world), best known for his fifty-second destruction of rising star Amir Khan last September, is coming of a close points loss to Mexican Miguel Vazquez this July.
In a virtual co-feature Russian junior welterweight champion and 2009 Tszyu Cup winner Fariz Kazimov (10-1-1, 3 KOs) of German Titov Promotions will test his skills against tough-as-nails former champion DeMarcus ‘Chop-Chop’ Corley (36-11-1, 21 KOs), who is on heat streak with three convincing victories over the course of last four months. The fight between Azerbaijani native and Corley is planned for ten rounds at light welterweight limit.
One of recent Corley’s victims Kenyan James Kimori (12-2, 8 KOs) is set up for eight rounds against Samara local hero Karen Tevosyan (12-1-3, 7 KOs), who has himself lost to Kazimov in Tszyu Cup semifinal. In an interesting scrap, another local hero and Banner Promotions’ protégé Maxim Vlasov (14-0, 5 KOs) faces fellow undefeated Alexander Krasilov (6-0-1, 3 KOs) also over eight at 168 lbs. Finally, hard-hitting local crowd-pleaser Roman Simakov (7-1-1, 5 KOs) clashes against Russian-based Kazakh Muslim Mikhail ‘Al-Khattab’ Krinitsin (9-0-1, 5 KOs) in the third eight-rounder of the evening. Both Krasilov and Simakov are scheduled to fight tune-ups in early November.