Junior welterweights Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov, who waged a hellacious battle on April 18 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, donated their robe and trunks to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, just a few minutes away from Turning Stone.
"The Hall of Fame's mission is to honor and preserve boxing history," HOF director Ed Brophy said. "We are thrilled that two of today's most exciting fighters are helping us achieve this by donating the fight-worn outfits from what many are already calling a leading contender for fight of the year.
"The Hall wishes to thank both fighters for their generosity, as well as their promoters, Oscar De La Hoya and Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions and Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, in recognizing that today's action is tomorrow's history."
Matthysse edged former titleholder Provodnikov by majority decision -- 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114 -- in a bloody, raging and action-packed fight between two of the best 140-pound fighters in the world.