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The world-famous Monte Carlo Casino was a hive of activity as all 10 boxers weighed in successfully for the “Night of Champions” tournament on Friday afternoon.

A large crowd of onlookers was on hand to see the fighters step onto the scales. They all looked in excellent condition.

Ruslan Provodnikov (Rus) 146,5 lb (66,45kg); Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (Mex) 146,5 lb (66,45kg).
Amor Belahdj Ali (Fra) 121,10 lb (54,93kg); Qiu Xiao Jun (China) 121,15 lb (54,93kg).
Zhanat Zhakiyanov (Kazak) 117,35 lb (53,22kg); Yonfrez Parejo (Ven) 117,55 lb (53,31kg).
Youri Kalenga (DRC) 199,90 lb (90,67kg); Roberto Bolonti (Arg) 197,70 lb (89,67kg).
David Avanesyan (Armenia) 146,15 lb (66,29); Charlie Navarro (Ven) 145,80 lb (66,13kg).

The tournament will be broadcast around the world, with broadcasters as far as Canada and Slovenia taking the action both live and delayed.

The current list includes the US (Showtime Extreme), Canada, Africa (SuperSport), Russia  (Match TV), Middle East (beIN Sports), Poland (NC+), Kazakhstan (Kazsport), China (CCTV 5), Panama (RPC TV), Israel (Sport 5), Brazil (Esporte Interativo), France (L’Equipe 21), Slovenia (Pop TV), Philippines (Elite Sports), Venezuela (Meridiano TV), Turkey  (Kanal Turk).

Ruslan Provodnikov has been promised another world championship fight within six months, if he gets through Saturday night’s fight against Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez in Monte Carlo.

This was the pledge of US promoter Art Pelullo, who warned that the Russian junior-welterweight puncher cannot think beyond this weekend’s assignment.

Pelullo was speaking at the media conference of the Golden Gloves “Night of Champions” tournament hosted at the world-famous Café de Paris in the shadow of the Monte Carlo Casino on Wednesday evening.

“HBO and Showtime want him,” said Pelullo. “Ruslan is one of the premier fighters in the world. He’s a murderous puncher and never been down once as an amateur or pro. I’ve had the privilege of promoting him his entire career. He destroys people and is one of the highest rated fighters on US television. He never does less than 1,5-million viewers. He’s the Siberian Rocky; just a great fighter.”

Pelullo is never short of a word or three, which is just as well because Provodnikov kept his pronouncements short and sweet, saying only “I will be world champion again”.

Rodriguez, 23, spoke via his manager-trainer Carlos Espinosa, “In this business, everyone knows who Ruslan Provodnikov is. No-one knows the Mexican. But Jesus will be a big surprise, he is a strong man.”

Pelullo was impressed by the courage of the unbeaten Mexican to fight Provodnikov, particularly as so many better-regarded fighters wanted nothing to do with him.

“This kid wants to beat Ruslan; he’s embraced his chance. He sees the opportunity and he’s coming to win, not to just put on a good showing. He’s young and hungry and that makes him dangerous.”

Pelullo praised the contribution of new trainer Joel Diaz, promising a new dimension to Provodnikov’s fighting style on Saturday.

Lead promoter Rodney Berman, who will be staging his seventh tournament in the principality, predicted a great event with Ricky Hatton protégé Zhanat Zhakiyanov threatening to steal the show. Top-rated Russian David Avanesyan also features, as do cruiserweight contender Youri Kalenga and a host of other overseas contenders.

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