SPEAKING ahead of his clash with Lucas Matthysse on Saturday (April 18), Ruslan Provdnikov warned the Argentine, “I am glad Lucas and team are so sure of themselves because I am positive that once I am in the ring my actions will speak for themselves. I am here to win and I will do everything to win this fight.
“No one can stop my will, my will will not be broken.
“I fight for an idea, for myself, for the people and to make history. I am fighting one of the best fighters, and I feel like this will make history. I don’t do it for the fame or the money.”
Matthysse countered, “We did a great job in training camp, and I am prepared and ready for Ruslan. I am going to give a great performance on Saturday.”
Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya added, “Lucas is one of the best fighters to come out of Argentina. He has a great fighting spirit. He has the best combination of being a brawler and can also box and move when he wants to. This great combination makes him a boxer-puncher, which makes him fun to watch.
“Lucas’ record speaks for himself, with one of the best percentages of knockouts in the sport.”
Bernard Hopkins, a Golden Boy partner, noted, “Here, you have two great warriors in Lucas and Ruslan. The fight was talked about and then it was done, and that is what boxing is all about. We want to start a good vibe in the boxing world.”