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Ruslan Provodnikov and Brandon Rios open to facing one another in guaranteed war

Ruslan Provodnikov and Brandon Rios are both open to a potential all-action showdown in 2014.

Doug Pensinger

Junior welterweight titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov and Brandon Rios are two of boxing's most reliable action stars, and the two hard-nosed brawlers openly discussed a potential guaranteed war on Twitter.

Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO) won the WBO 140-pound title from Mike Alvarado in October. It was Alvarado who handed Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO) his first pro loss in March of this year, which was then followed by Rios coming up well short against Manny Pacquiao on November 23.

One potential question is if Rios would move back down to 140 for the fight, as he's said he feels comfortable at 147 pounds, where he fought Pacquiao, and given that Rios failed a VADA drug test for a banned dietary supplement, there is plenty of reason to believe he didn't make that weight much more comfortably than he had 135 or 140 before he left those divisions behind. Plus, we'll have to see if he faces any suspension or the like from that failed drug test, which he may not, since VADA can't actually do anything other than test and make recommendations, really.

Stylistically, I'm sure we all want to see this fight. But do you want to see this fight given the current situation with Rios? Does he "deserve" it? Do you even care? Are you more concerned with bloodlust than what has been "earned?"

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