Matthysse Powers Up To Defeat Provodnikov By MD
VERONA, NY — In a hellacious display of accuracy, power and sheer brute force, Lucas Matthysse reminded those watching why he’s called ‘The Machine’. In front of a capacity crowd in Verona, New York, Matthysse defeated ‘The Siberian Rocky’ Ruslan Provodnikov by majority decision.
Although the scrap was thrilling to watch, it lacked a certain oomph to propel it into the ‘fight of the year candidate’ discussions that proceeded it’s culmination. But make no mistake it was an action filled battle that left watchers entertained all the same.
Matthysse controlled the early rounds by using his superior boxing skills and longer reach. Keeping Provodnikov at a measured distance with a surgically accurate jab, the Machine connected at will. Coming up on the short end of a head butt Provodnikov went the duration of the bout, beginning in second round, with a gaping gash above his left eye. As action continued, momentum shifted back and forth as Provodnikov began to find the way to neutralized Matthysse’s piston like jab. Digging in deep and fighting back, Provodnikov snapped left hooks in the middle round that slowed Matthysse’s onslaught.
Heading into the twelfth round, Provodnikov gave it all he had, and appeared to win the final round. Despite his late fight surge, Matthysse’s dominance in the early and middle rounds kept him ahead on the score cards. A closely contested battle, Matthysse emerged victorious by majority decision with judges final scores: 115-113 twice and 114-114.
In the post-fight interview, Matthysse expressed confidence in his performance,