Matthysse prepares for Postol in Argentina
Former Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) hosted his first-ever Argentinian media work out on Monday, Sept. 14 ahead of his upcoming fight with former WBC International Super Lightweight Champion Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs). Matthysse showcased his boxing skills in a workout session open to the public and spoke to the media about his upcoming fight. Matthysse and Postol will square off for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship in a 12-round bout on October 3 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Today, Sept. 15, Matthysse held a special round table with the media alongside, Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, his manager Mario Arano, trainer Cuty Barrera and fellow fighter Marcelino “Nino” Lopez who is scheduled to fight in the non-televised undercard of Matthysse-Postol. In addition, fellow Golden Boy Promotions fighters, Yamaguchi Falcao and Patrick Teixeira joined Lucas Matthysse for his big day with the Argentinian press.
Presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion, the championship event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
Below is what Lucas Matthysse, his promoter, his manager and trainer had to say about the upcoming showdown on Oct. 3:
LUCAS “LA MAQUINA” MATTHYSSE, Former Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Champion and Number Two Contender for the Vacant WBC Super Lightweight Title:
“I feel very good, we have been doing a lot of sparring against fighters who are taller and bigger to make sure we are prepared. I think this is important, I want to make sure I am comfortable in the ring against [Viktor] Postol come Oct. 3.
“This is a great opportunity for me. I want to win the title. Winning the title will elevate me to a different level in my career. It will give me a different name and another status in the boxing community.
“This is the opportunity to continue fighting the best and the bigger names in the division.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“The fight against Postol will obviously be complicated, but I know Lucas is preparing very well and he has a great team around him making sure he has good sparring partners.
“I’ve always loved Argentina. The first time I came, it was in 1996, and I left very impressed. I am now working with Lucas and have visited twice this year and that makes me very happy. I really admire this country and have a lot of respect for Lucas and look forward to coming back to celebrate ‘The Machine’ and his world title victory.”
MARIO ARANO, Manager to Lucas Matthysse:
“This is the opportunity that we have been waiting for, we have to thank all who made this fight possible.
“Lucas is well prepared and will end the fight early. I consider Lucas a superior fighter.”
LUIS “CUTY” BARRERA, Trainer to Lucas Matthysse:
“I believe the fight will go the distance and we have made sure that Lucas is prepared.
“We will be victorious on Oct 3. Lucas is ready for this fight and will show everyone what he is capable of as a fighter.”
“Matthysse will give a great fight. As a fighter he surprises me everyday and I am proud to be part of this team.
“Training in Junie is the best place for Lucas. I believe we have shown that in the ring in his last two fights and we will do so again on Oct. 3. You do not need to leave the country, to be champion.”
Tickets for Matthysse vs. Postol are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, and go on sale Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.
Matthysse vs. Postol is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion and is sponsored by Corona and Mexico – Live it To Believe It!. Doors open at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 and the first bout begins at 2:30 p.m. PT. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.