Provodnikov says loss to Algieri 'unfair'


Posted at Jun 18 2014 08:13 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2014 04:13 AM

Russian fighter Ruslan Provodnikov finds it unfair that he lost his junior welterweight title to Chris Algieri after “beating up” the American for most of their fight last weekend.

Although Algieri won by split decision to become the new WBO junior welterweight champion, Provodnikov claimed he landed the more telling blows.

"All of the guys that I have lost to, they always go to the hospital after the fight," Provodnikov said on RingTV.

"They go to the hospital as champions, and I think that's unfair. I think that there has been a lot of unfairness in my fights, and I'm not liking that a lot. I'm a little disappointed in that. Now that I was champion, I don't see how you can take a champion's belt by going to the hospital."

The Siberian Rocky only had three losses in his 26-fight career. His other two defeats were against Timothy Bradley and Mauricio Herrera, both of whom were taken to the hospital after slugging it out with the heavy-handed Russian.

Algieri himself suffered two knockdowns against Provodnikov in the first round before effectively using his range to keep the Russian slugger at bay for the rest of the bout.

“In this fight, Algieri was getting beaten up all night. This is another opponent of mine who is probably going to go to the hospital right now, as Tim Bradley did,” Provodnikov said shortly after his loss.

“I never actually said that I was robbed in the Bradley fight, and I never have actually said that I was robbed in this fight. But I don't think that I lost this," he added. “Maybe God's just testing me and it's part of what I have to go through in my life. It's not a big deal. It is what it is."