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Matthysse-Provodnikov: Guaranteed fireworks

Photo: Carlos Delgado / GBP

Photo: Carlos Delgado / GBP

Provodnikov vs Matthysse is on, and fight fans will not want to miss what is sure to be an all-out brawl.

The buzz in anticipation for this matchup is growing as the April 18th date draws near. This is undoubtedly a “can’t-miss” fight pitting two of boxing’s most exciting sluggers head to head.

“One-punch knockout power. Lightning-fast action. A likely world title shot to the winner. This bout has ‘fight of the year’ written all over it,” Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN. “This is a fight that fans have been clamoring for since these warriors were last in action, and Golden Boy Promotions is proud to deliver it to the fans worldwide.”

Expectations are high for this showdown to produce an all-action classic. All the components exist for a night of brutal two-way action. You have two of boxing’s biggest punchers who share similar, straight ahead, free-swinging styles with title implications on the line.

When speaking about expectations of this fight, Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, Provodnikov’s promoter, went so far as to compare this bout one of the most action-packed slugfests in boxing history — Diego Corrales’ legendary fight with Jose Luis Castillo in 2005 — one of the most action-packed slugfests in boxing history – when talking about the expectations for the fight.

“This has the making of Corrales-Castillo I all over again,” Pelullo said. “This is the most fan-friendly and television-friendly fight in a long time. Both Ruslan and Lucas are real warriors, and it’s a fight that both fighters wanted, so it was very easy to make.”

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In November “The Siberian Rocky” bounced back from a debatable decision loss to Chris Algieri with a five-round destruction of the long faded shell of Jose Luis Castillo. Provodnikov may run into problems with slick boxers but he won’t have any trouble finding “The Machine” [Matthysse] who will look to come forward and land some big shots of his own.

The hard Hitting Argentine is hungry for another world title shot. Matthysse challenged unified world champion Danny Garcia in September 2013 on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.– Canelo Alvarez undercard. In a highly competitive fight, Matthysse got cut and was knocked down in the 11th round en route to losing a unanimous decision.

Matthysse has won two fights since. In the BWAA-voted 2014 “Fight of the Year” Matthysse scored an 11th-round knockout of John Molina Jr. last April and then followed that with a second round knockout of Roberto Ortiz in September.

“I’m confident that I will win, and since Danny Garcia doesn’t want to fight me again, this fight will prove that I am one of the best fighters in the world,” said Matthysse, who recently signed a five-year contract extension with Golden Boy.”

The bout will take place at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York and will be televised on HBO.

All the pieces are in place for a war and 2015 is shaping up to be an action-filled year.

Boxing fans rejoice!

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