The junior welterweight showdown between Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov was billed as a can’t-miss slugfest, a guaranteed Fight of the Year, and the HBO-televised 12 rounder lived up to expectations with Matthysse earning a hard-fought decision over an incredibly resilient and determined Provodnikov.
Lucas Matthysse was inspired to box by his older brother Walter, a former welterweight contender, and learned his craft alongside a current welterweight contender, Marcos Maidana. “If we both move to 147 pounds we’re going to get that offer,” Matthysse said about his former roommate, sparring partner, and occasional amateur opponent. Matthysse faces Ruslan Provodnikov tonight on HBO.
The final press conference in advance of the anticipated Ruslan Provodnikov-Lucas Matthysse showdown took place on Thursday at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York, the site of the HBO “Boxing After Dark” main event on Saturday. Both punchers promised the best performances of their careers.
Twenty insiders were asked for their picks regarding this Saturday’s junior welterweight clash between Ruslan Provodnikov and Lucas Matthysse. Read on for their predictions.
From a virtual unknown in 2013 to THE RING lightweight champ and BWAA Fighter of the Year in 2014 is quite a leap, but Terence Crawford is unfazed by his newfound social status. The only thing he is concerned about is making a successful jump to junior welterweight on Saturday when he takes on Thomas Dulorme.
You can watch a live stream of today’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. media day workout from the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, starting at 4:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. ET., thanks to the HBO Boxing YouTube channel.
It’s somewhat perverse; isn’t it? A veritable feast celebrating two hardened warriors who can’t indulge in order to stay on point for their upcoming junior welterweight bout. But Ruslan Provodnikov and Lucas Matthysse aren’t bothered. They go to war this Saturday.
RingTV interviewed Ruslan Provodnikov after his media workout at Wild Card Boxing Club for his April 18 showdown with fellow puncher Lucas Matthysse. “It’s definitely what the fans are expecting,” Provodnikov, who was in full beast mode during the workout, said of the fight. “It will be a real fight. It’s going to be a real war.”
HBO Sports will debut a one-hour special entitled “Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last,” detailing the nearly six-year journey to the anticipated May 2 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega event, on April 18, the subscription cable network announced on Tuesday.
Undefeated welterweight prospect Sadam Ali and fringe contender Francisco Santana will fight in the co-feature to the April 25 world heavyweight championship between RING champ Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
RingTV.com’s Lee Groves was on the scene for WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev’s defense against Jean Pascal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As always, the ‘Travelin’ Man’ provides a front row seat to his unique brand of observation.
RingTV.com’s resident Travelin’ Man Lee Groves is back in Montreal and ready to count punches while denying Friday the 13 its tricky villainy. But will he be successful in part one?
Gennady Golovkin and Willie Monroe Jr. met the boxing media on Tuesday at The Forum in Inglewood, California, where the two middleweights will fight on May 16. Golovkin has established himself as an elite fighter but some still wonder if the pressure fighter can deal with a slick boxing style, the kind Monroe brings to the ring.
There are certain fights throughout boxing history that ignite a visceral reaction from fans due to their disputed outcomes, such as Dempsey-Tunney II and Hagler-Leonard. One such fight took place 25 years ago today when Julio Cesar Chavez and Meldrick Taylor produced a war for the ages that would be overshadowed by one of the most polarizing decisions a referee ever made.
Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov admits the unrest in his native Ukraine took away from his focus on boxing last year. However, the unbeaten heavyweight contender knows he has a huge opportunity in front of him on Saturday when he faces Steve Cunningham in the HBO-televised co-feature to the Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal light heavyweight showdown.
RING middleweight champion Miguel Cotto might have just signed the deal of a lifetime with Roc Nation Sports. But how will this pact affect his career from here on out? Michael Woods reports.