Freddie Roach sees Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch & discusses Postol-Matthysse strategy

September 21, 2015

Viktor Postol and Trainer Freddie Roach / Photo by: Brix Fowler

Los Angeles -- While talking with the media at his Wild Card Boxing gym in Los Angeles, it didn’t take long for world-renowned trainer Freddie Roach to discuss what is on many boxing fans’ minds -- a possible rematch between his star pupil Manny Pacquiao and undefeated Floyd Mayweather.

Although Roach would love to see a sequel to the May 2nd super fight, he thinks his fighter first has some work to do before that becomes a reality.

“I would like to see a rematch, because I would like to see Manny fight one more time and do well,” said Roach. "To get a rematch, we have to beat somebody and be impressive in doing that.”

Roach’s thoughts quickly turned to one of his newest students, Viktor Postol. The undefeated Ukrainian fighter (27-0) is about to face his toughest challenge to date when he steps into the ring at the StubHub Center in Carson on October 3rd to take on slugger Lucas Matthysse for the vacated WBC Super Lightweight title.

Matthysse comes into the bout with a 37-3 record. An impressive 34 of those wins come by way of knockout. Roach says because of Matthysse’s imposing power Postol needs to stay away from brawling with  “La Maquina.”

“[Postol] can’t lay on the ropes and take shots from this guy,” said Roach. "He’s too strong. He really has to box [and] use the middle of the ring.”

Despite being the underdog in his fight against the Argentinian, Postol believes with all the hard work he’s put in and with Roach in his corner for the third straight fight, he will take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and win a world title.

“It was a long road to get there and I really appreciate it,” said Postol.” And this is the goal of my career and I’m glad to be here and fight in this arena.”

But it’s not just Matthysee and Postol that will have the crowd buzzing at the StubHub Center.  In the co-main event, veteran Humberto Soto (65-8, 35 KO’s) will take on undefeated Antonio Orozco (22-0, 15 KO’s).

Antonio Orozco / Photo By: Brix Fowler

While the fight will show whether the 18-year veteran Soto still has what it takes to compete for world titles, Orozco knows if he wins it could take his career to the next level.

“This particular fight is very important,” said Orozco. "I take every fight serious, but for this stage this can open the doors.”

HBO will televise the card for those unable to make it to the StubHub Center on fight night.

By Brix Fowler
Contributing Writer for

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