“There is more to creating a diamond than pressure and heat. Time also plays a role; and time, as something exhaustible, is a player in Matthysse-Provodnikov as well. It is impossible to imagine these men leaving the ring Saturday unchanged by the other’s mischief, nearly as difficult to imagine their careers maintaining whatever trajectory caused their collision. And does it not feel as if, in facing each other, Matthysse and Provodnikov, are meeting their destiny, that beast in the jungle whose pursuit, however unforeseen, would inevitably overtake them?”
Read The Beast in the Jungle: On Lucas Matthysse-Ruslan Provodnikov on The Cruelest Sport.