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Ruslan Provodnikov will fight Nov. 28 in Moscow

Provodnikov will return to action in his home country against an opponent to be named.

Doug Pensinger

According to his promoter Artie Pellulo, via the RING, "The Siberian Rocky" will return to action November 28th in Moscow. An opponent has not yet been named.

Provodnikov will look to bounce back from a decision loss to Chris Algieri which launched the winner into a fight with Manny Pacquiao on November 22.

Pellulo has had trouble securing an opponent for his fighter since the June 14th loss. According to reports, Top Rank turned down offers for Brandon Rios, Diego Chaves, Jesse Vargas, and a rematch with Timothy Bradley. As an aside, that's a a shame because some of those—especially Rios and Chaves—would be can't-miss action fights.

This time around, Pellulo says both Zab Judah and Mauricio Herrera have declined the offer to meet Provodnikov in Moscow. Herrera beat Provodnikov in January of 2011 by unanimous decision, but wants no part of another fight in his opponent's home country.

Herrera told the RING, "You saw what they did to me with Garcia in Puerto Rico, so now, if I went to Russia, who knows? Like with Garcia, I would probably have to knock him out to win, so it’s not enough money to fight in Russia."

November 28 will likely be a stay-busy fight against a journeyman as Provodnikov bides his time for another opportunity against a name fighter here in the States, hopefully early next year.

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