A few notes from around the boxing world:
Former junior welterweight titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov is still undecided about whether he will continue to fight, but promoter Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions told ESPN.com that he thinks he will fight again.
Provodnikov (25-5, 18 KOs), a straight-ahead brawler who has taken enormous punishment in his all-action fights, is 3-3 in his last six bout and is coming off a lethargic performance in a decision loss to John Molina Jr. on June 11.
Pelullo said he met with Provodnikov, 32, of Russia, and manager Vadim Kornilov in Los Angeles on Monday to talk about his plans.
“He said he hasn’t really determined what he wants to do yet but he gave me the impression that he didn’t want to go out with the way the last fight went,” Pelullo said. “He was unhappy with the result of the fight with Molina and I am not sure he wants to leave boxing with a loss like that on his record. But he is thinking about what he wants to do.”
Pelullo said whatever Provodnikov decides he will not fight again this year.
“We’re not thinking about boxing before 2017,” Pelullo said. “I will see him again in September when I am going to go to the amateur tournament he puts on in his hometown. I think by that time I should have a better idea on how he is feeling. If he wants to fight, we will put together a fight.”
Provodnikov has been in several hard battles, none tougher than his epic decision loss to Timothy Bradley Jr. for a welterweight world title in the 2013 fight of the year. Provodnikov won a junior welterweight belt in his next fight when he made Mike Alvarado quit, but he lost the title in his first defense, dropping a controversial split decision to Chris Algieri in June 2014.
Former junior middleweight titleholder Demetrius Andrade, stripped of his title for inactivity, looked sharp in his return on June 11 when he knocked out Willie Nelson in the 11th round on Showtime and will be back on the network this fall, Pelullo, who co-promotes Andrade with Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia, told ESPN.com. “Demetrius will be back on ‘Showtime Championship Boxing’ sometime in October,” Pelullo said. “We’re trying to figure out who he is going to fight but Demetrius will be back on Showtime. (Showtime Sports boss) Stephen Espinoza has made a commitment to be in the Demetrius Andrade business.”
Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) could challenge secondary junior middleweight titlist Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) of Germany, according to Pelullo, “Or he could have a 12-round nontitle fight. We’re looking at the options and talking about it but Demetrius will be back on Showtime in October.”
Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions announced that they have signed 19-year-old amateur standout Ruben Villa, of Salinas, California, to a co-promotional contract. He will make his pro debut Friday night on Thompson’s card in Ontario, California. During his amateur career, Villa was 166-17 and won two National Junior Golden Gloves titles and two National Golden Gloves titles at 123 pounds. He also made the U.S. Olympic trials. He plans to compete at featherweight (126 pounds) as a pro.
"I am excited, and I have been working very hard to get to this point. I cannot wait to turn professional," said Villa, who is trained and managed by Danny Zamora, who holds the same roles with lightweight contender Peter Petrov. "It is very cool to sign with two great promoters. We were offered the opportunity, and we took it. As for the Olympic trials I was disappointed, yet happy at the same time. I was happy to make it that far and now I am ready for the next phase of my career."
Junior lightweights Liam Walsh (20-0, 14 KOs), 30, of England, and Andrey Klimov (19-2, 9 KOs), 34, of Russia, will meet in a junior lightweight world title elimination bout on Oct. 8 at the Harrow Leisure Centre in Harrow, England, promoter Frank Warren announced. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for titleholder Jose Pedraza (22-0, 12 KOs). Walsh, the former Commonwealth champion, will be in his most notable fight. Klimov has lost both times he has stepped up in competition, a shutout decision to Terence Crawford in 2013 and a near-shutout decision to Pedraza challenging him for the vacant belt in his last fight in June 2015.
“I believe it’s my destiny to become world champion and I’m now within touching distance,” Walsh said. “I’ve dedicated my whole life to boxing and now it’s time to go to the next level and reap the rewards.”