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Matthysse outpoints Provodnikov in a barn-burner

Photo: Ed Mulholland / HBO

Photo: Ed Mulholland / HBO

When the fight between Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov was signed, many fight fans expected to see a slugfest.  Fortunately, that’s exactly what we got on Saturday night in Verona, New York, as Matthysse (37-3, 34 Kos) scored a majority decision win over Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) in a war.

In what was a bit of a surprise, Matthysse started off well by boxing, instead of trading with Provodnikov and after an accidental headbutt caused a cut over the left eye of the Siberian Rocky, Matthysse zeroed in on that side of his face.

Matthysse continued using effective movement and stayed on the outside to land his jab and hard right hands that only worsened Provodnikov’s face.  During the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, Matthysse was in complete control as he busted up Provodnikov from a distance, but little by little, Provodikov was getting closer and closer, despite his corner threatening to stop the fight due to the punishment he was taking.

In the 11th round, Provodnikov wobbled a tiring Matthysse with a left hook after a lengthy pause in the action, after tape was coming off of Matthysse’s glove and his corner took nearly a minute to find scissors to cut it off.  Provodnikov took advantage of the extra rest and dominated the rest of the round. In the final round, Matthysse barely through punches and Provodnikov again picked up a late round.

Final scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113 in Matthysse’s favor.  3MoreRounds had it 114-114.

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