THERE WAS BLOOD! Matthysse Defeats Provodnikov

Fight of the year, they said coming in, can’t miss. Warriors personified, two men who were born and bred to inflict violence upon other lesser beings. Who would be the lesser being at the Turning Stone Casino, in Verona, NY, the Siberian Rocky or the banger from Argentina?

Both men had their moments, for sure. Matt was on target, busy and mobile early. He had Ruslan’s face looking like a Halloween mask. But Provo came on late, didn’t listen to the bruising on his face, and he plugged forward. He landed power shots on a fatiguing Matthysse, and we went to the cards without a certainty who’d have their hand raised.

The scores were 114-114 (Ackerman), and 115-113, 1153, for Matthysse. A majority decision, in a fan friendly tangle.

Ruslan Provodnikov entered with a 24-3 mark, while Lucas was 36-3.

In the first, Lucas was the busier. He was accurate, Ruslan didn’t move his head enough. “Use your jab and give me head movement,” said trainer Marvin Samodio to Ruslan. In the second, we saw a cut on the left eye of the Russian. “It’s target practice right now, Jim,” said Bernard Hopkins. Ruslan backed up Matt late. In the third, Matt was fluid with combos. He flurried, moved, was the more mobile man, and he picked off the plugger Ruslan coming. In the fourth, Provod came forward, coming ahead, looking determined, and Matt liked seeing lots of blood streaming. A sharp right upper kicked back Ruslan’s head. A Ruslan right wowed the crowd. It was fun round, maybe one for the Rocky. Samodio asked for body work after.

In the fifth, the left to the body worked, and keeping distance helped Matt. Left hooks from Ruslan needed to be thrown in tight. Matt jabbed but was Provod’s power speaking louder? In the sixth, a sharp right lead had the crowd grooving for Matt. Blood came from Ruslan’s mouth now. His reflexes were getting slower. In the seventh, Matt was landing at will. His face was a mask of blood, was Ruslan’s.

In round eight, the length of Matt was helpful of course. Ruslan tagged him and sensed some opportunity late. In the ninth, we saw back and forth work, with Ruslan’s power speaking louder. In the the tenth, the jab worked for Matt. Ruslan dipped left and threw the hook, repeatedly. He landed a late right…were the judges digging his power work over Matt’s volume?

In the 11th, the power shots for Ruslan were landing. Hooks and the right for the Rocky were nasty. Matt looked to clinch and lost the round. In the 12th, Ruslan came out pressing. He had better energy in the second half of the fight. We went to the cards..

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COMMENTS

-Skibbz :

Ackerman should have his eyes tested. 115-113 is fair I thought, clearly had it been a 15 rounder the fight could have swung the other way. Also 115-113 does highlight that it wasn't all Matthysse, he was hurt several times throughout the fight and rarely if ever forced Ruslan back with a punch, unlike Ruslan's mauling which frequently moved Mattyhsse in the direction of his forceful punches. Matthysse's engine looked to faulter in the championship rounds, then again he did hit the target an awful lot. He also picked up on a few of Ruslan's signature punches after getting caught in the rounds 3 and 4 but as he started to sag he was getting caught by them again. It was a good fight, and I'm glad both guys made it out on their feet. Hopefully they'll both be cleared by the medics and we can see them healthy in the coming months.


-stormcentre :

Good fight. Provodnikov (if possible) needs to learn defence. This is not ESPN opponents and Friday night fighting anymore. Won't surprise me to see Pac have a similar (although not as exacerbated) problem, on May 2nd.


-Buzz Murdock :

Provodnikov will never be the same...


-Carmine Cas :

Good fight, tough to score. Matthysse needed to go to the body more.


-Carmine Cas :

Good fight. Provodnikov (if possible) needs to learn defence. This is not ESPN opponents and Friday night fighting anymore. Won't surprise me to see Pac have a similar (although not as exacerbated) problem, on May 2nd.
Pretty much, it doesn't seem to be Wild Card's speciality


-the Roast :

Great fight, I never put pen to paper because I never thought for a minute it would go twelve. 115-113 is fine with me, I could see it 114-114 with no problem. Lucas idiot cornerman should be fired based on their bad advice. Mattysse took the last two rounds off and it almost cost him.


-Pazuzu :

Great fight, I never put pen to paper because I never thought for a minute it would go twelve. 115-113 is fine with me, I could see it 114-114 with no problem. Lucas idiot cornerman should be fired based on their bad advice. Mattysse took the last two rounds off and it almost cost him.
I had it 116-112 for Matthysse, and gave the last two rounds to Ruslan. Lucas's right eye was swelling up, and I think it was giving him trouble towards the end. 114-114 is a stretch. Ruslan looked very one dimensional, but he has a chin of granite and the heart of a lion. This may have been Matthysse's best performance. Even as Ruslan relentlessly came forward, Matthysse masterfully controlled the distance, down to the very inch. Also, Lucas's jab looked like it was driven by a steam piston. Holy mackerel.


-the Roast :

Great fight, I never put pen to paper because I never thought for a minute it would go twelve. 115-113 is fine with me, I could see it 114-114 with no problem. Lucas idiot cornerman should be fired based on their bad advice. Matthysse took the last two rounds off and it almost cost him.


-oubobcat :

I had the fight a draw at 114-114 in person. I had it 69-64 after seven with Ruslan sweeping the last five to pull it even though there were some close rounds that really could have gone either way. What an atmosphere is was in Verona and got to meet up with Pazuzu. It was quite a fun fight weekend.


-Koko85 :

Good fight, tough to score. Matthysse needed to go to the body more.
That fight could've been over much quicker. It was like he forgot their is more to a man than his head.


-MCM :

In a 15-round fight, Provodnikov would have won. If fights lasted 100 rounds, Provodnikov would be king of boxing. But in a 12-round world, Provodnikov will never get there. I love him, but I hope he retires soon. I didn't think he had a chance in this one, and he proved me wrong, and I'll watch his every fight . . . so why do I hope he retires? It takes too much out of the other man, and for what? Ruslan was born too late. I love him not only as a man but as a narrative device, he's like a time-machine, and I love going back with him. But too many journeys wear on a man, even a viewer. Meanwhile, Crawford vs Matthysse? Sign me up. But until proven otherwise, my money's on Bud.