Former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov believes a victory against Alvarez Rodriguez on November 7 will give him another shot at becoming world champion.
Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) feels that he is in great physical condition for the fight against Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs).
The Russian's in-your-face style has seen some of the big name fighters like Amir Khan and Shawn Porter opting not to step into the ring with him.
In a chat with sport.ru, Provodnikov said that he needed a good result against Rodriguez to kick start his attempt in becoming champion again. He previously lost his WBO junior-welterweight title to Chris Algieri in June 2014.
"My next opponent, is young, motivated fighter, and is undefeated. Rodriguez is the kind of fighter that keeps hitting, and for him a fight against me is a big step forward," he said.
"I need a good and bright return because I have made it my goal to become a world champion again. The most direct way is to come out and beat everyone. Plus I want to grow and progress.
"This is exactly why I got a new trainer. All the doors for TV aired bouts are open for me, all is well there.
"Thank god that fighters like myself will always have a chance."