Lucas Matthysse and Viktor Postol set to battle for WBC belt

August 6, 2015

Los Angeles -- Number two contender Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) and number one contender for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight Title Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) held a Los Angeles press conference for their upcoming title fight on the same day and three blocks away from another press conference for the more publicized September 12 bout between Andre Berto and Floyd Mayweather.

Although the Matthysse-Postol bout will receive less notoriety than Mayweather-Berto, it also may be the more exciting and action-packed fight.  That is because Matthysse is one of the best power punches in the sport and is rarely in a dull bout.

"I'm very delighted that the time has come for me to fight for the world title," said Matthysse.

Coincidentally, as a testament to his all-action style, Matthysse was awarded a trophy at the press conference for his 2014 Fight of the Year against John Molina by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

The October 3 Matthysse-Postol event will take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, and is another joint promotion with Golden Boy and Top Rank, as both companies are making good on their promise to end the ridiculous feud that held the sport hostage for the past few years.

Still, Postol will bring his own set of challenges for Matthysse, who recently has fought sluggers Ruslan Provodnikov and Molina.

Postol trains locally at Wild Card with Freddie Roach, and displayed an obvious height and reach advantage when the fighters engaged in a staredown at the press conference.  Because of those physical advantages, many are assuming Postol will spend the majority of the bout trying to box the powerful Matthysse from the outside.

"Exactly, that's what I'm going to use," said Postol in response to my question about whether he planned to box Matthysse.  "Distance, not going to let him go very close, work in my style."

Postol, who is still a bit of an unknown to fight fans, looks forward to making a name for himself in the sport against a well-known opponent such as Matthysse.

"Nobody knows me because nobody from the top fighters want to fight with me.  Finally, I have a big fight now, and after this fight, people are going to know [about me]."

The Matthysse-Postol fight is scheduled for twelve rounds, and also will feature an interesting ten round undercard bout between rugged contenders Humberto Soto and Antonio Orozco.

By Mike Elliott
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