Five keys for Ruslan Provodnikov

Plotting a path to victory in Saturday's title bout against Mike Alvarado

Originally Published: October 17, 2013
By Bernardo Pilatti | ESPNdeportes.com

Ruslan Provodnikov will have another chance to secure a world title Saturday, but this time could be an even more difficult test than his most recent fight against welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. in March.

Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO), nicknamed the "Siberian Rocky," will face 140-pound titlist Mike Alvarado at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo.

In his fight of the year candidate against Bradley, Provodnikov found himself on the verge of scoring the upset when he knocked Bradley down in the closing seconds of the final round before dropping a close decision on the scorecards. Against Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO), he will return to his natural weight of 140 pounds.

Here are five keys to victory for Provodnikov against Alvarado:

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