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First, you can report the matter to the local police and have them press criminal charges for assault and battery. That is probably your best recourse. Assuming this other guy can't prove that he was acting in self defense, you can also sue in civil court for damages. The problem with a civil suit is that if you do not have any significant injuries then you really don't have any damages. Civil lawsuits aren't to "punish" the defendant but rather to compensate for actual losses sustained, and without any losses aside from soreness, you really don't have much to recover. Just "pain and suffering" for the sore face.
Still, even with minimal damages you may wish to consider pursuing a claim against him in small claims court, where the costs of litigation are much lower and the procedure vastly simplified. You will just be limited in the total amount of your recovery, but that limitations probably won't be an issue because you wouldn't stand to recover much without a serious injury anyway.
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