Reynoso Ready For Provodnikov
By Barbara Pinnella
Jose Reynoso, (16-3-1, 3 KOs) has a big opportunity coming
up this Friday night in Corona, CA. when he will face off
against Russian born Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1, 14 KOs).
Reynoso knows this is an important fight for him.
Provodnikov’s one loss came when he faced off against fellow
Thompson Boxing Promotions fighter Mauricio Herrera the
beginning of last year.
“I was really excited when they said I got to fight Ruslan,”
he told me recently when I saw him at Capital Punishment gym
in Riverside. “I’ve seen him fight, and Mauricio and I have
similar styles of fighting. I know I can beat him.”
Reynoso was supposed to fight last Friday night at
Doubletree, but as so often happens in this business plans
had to be scrapped. As for Ruslan’s opponent Nick Casal, he
had been attacked a few weeks back and it was immediately
known that that fight could not continue. Casal should
recover completely, but suffered cuts that required more
than 200 stitches.
“After that happened, Ruslan had no other opponent yet and
they asked if I wanted to fight him, and I said yes. As far
as styles go, he likes to get in there and try to out-muscle
everybody. I’m more of a boxer kind of puncher, but if I
have to slug it, I’ve got power, so I’m not worried about
Reynoso has been sparring with Josesito Lopez who, everyone
knows by now, just defeated Victor Ortiz in what most
probably will be the upset of the year. That hard work
certainly can’t have hurt Reynoso.
“We’ve been out there helping each other out for our
upcoming fights, so we’ve got great sparring. Jose’s stepped
up his training a lot, so I’m not worried about the
training. When we get to the fight we’re going to be 100%
And he will need to be. While Reynoso is known for his
stamina, Ruslan is no slouch in that department either. Both
men are more than capable of taking the fight the distance.
One thing that Jose does have going for him is his southpaw
style. He is a difficult opponent for most fighters, often
considered awkward and hard to hit.
“I just want to let everybody know that they’re gonna get a
great fight from me. I’m gonna beat this guy and surprise
everyone who’s doubting me.”
This fight will be shown on ESPN2 at 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,