Photos: Lucas Matthysse edges Ruslan Provodnikov in slugfest

Ruslan Provodnikov eats a right hand from Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Photos from the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York, as Lucas Matthysse pulls through with a majority-decision victory over rugged Ruslan Provodnikov after 12 bruising rounds.

The HBO-televised showdown may not have lived up to the wild expectations in terms of pure savagery, but it was an excellent battle of attrition and will that was won by Matthysse, whose stock is once again soaring high.

Check out the images below, courtesy of Naoki Fukuda.

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Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com

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