Lucas vs Viktor
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Lucas Matthysse vs Viktor Postol: The Machine vs the Iceman
By David A. Avila
They call Lucas Matthysse “The Machine.”
It’s a nickname coined by South American journalists that aptly fits the juggernaut style of the prizefighter from Trelew, Argentina.
The Argentine is a rare breed when it comes to prizefighters. Rather than join the crowd of defectors running to a rival promotion company, Matthysse opted to remain with Golden Boy Promotions. He’s one of the Los Angeles-based company’s most valued fighters.
So why are they risking a fight against a taller, maybe faster and dangerous opponent?
Matthysse (37-3, 34 Kos) faces Ukraine’s undefeated Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 Kos) for the vacant WBC junior welterweight world title. They meet on Saturday Oct. 3, at the StubHub Center in Carson. HBO will televise.
The sledgehammer fisted fighter delights in proving excellence.
“I’m delighted to be fighting for the world title with Viktor Postol,” said Matthysse, 32. “I’ve fought very good fighters like Lamont Peterson for no title. This time it’s for a world title.”
The calm exterior of Matthysse is an extreme contrast to the physical ferocity shown inside the boxing ring. In 2014, his match with Covina’s John Molina at the StubHub Center was voted Fight of the Year. His match this past April against Russian fighter Ruslan Provodnikov could very well be named the Fight of the Year for 2015. He always brings the fire.
Ever since his arrival in 2007, the Argentine slugger has hungrily sought a world title belt. He came close against Danny “Swift” Garcia but a clash of heads caused a severe hindrance to his vision. He lost by a very close decision to the Puerto Rican fighter in 2013. He’s blasted his way to the top once again.
Postol, though undefeated, according to his record does not possess the same firepower as Matthysse. But a quick dismissal of his power would be a serious mistake. The last time he fought in California he was easily out-boxing a Turkish slugger named Selcuk Aydin. When the fight turned into a slugfest Postol blasted Aydin out in the 11th round. He does have power.
“It feels great to fight here more than any other place in the U.S.,” said Postol, 31, adding that he knows the history of the ferocious fights that took place at the StubHub. “I’m sure it’s going to be a great event.”
Matthysse met Postol up close during the press conference to announce the fight in early August in downtown L.A. The Ukrainian had at least a five-inch height advantage. The Argentine didn’t seem fazed at all.
“My daughter won a title. My sister won a title. Now it’s my turn to win a title,” said Matthysse of his daughter who won a gymnastics title for youths and sister Edith Matthysse won the WBC and WBA female featherweight boxing title in August. “Things have been going good for Argentina. Don’t forget, even the pope is from Argentina.”
Antonio Orozco vs. Humberto Soto
San Diego’s undefeated Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (22-0, 15 Kos) faces former world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 Kos) of Mexico in a junior welterweight clash on the semi-main event at the StubHub Center on Saturday Oct. 3. Soto is a former lightweight champion who squeaked by Covina’s John Molina when he feigned low blows.
“I’m facing a very experienced fighter who will demonstrate why he is a former world champion,” said Orozco. “I will show the fans why I am still undefeated.”
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