Preview: Matthysse vs. Postol; HBO Saturday, 10 p.m. ET

Lucas Matthysse’s aggressive no-holds barred style has made him a fan favorite. It may win him a title belt on Saturday, and much more.

It could be a big payoff for Lucas Matthysse (left) with a win over Viktol Postol Saturday in Carson, California. Photo: Gene Blevins, GoldenBoy Promotions
It could be a big payoff for Lucas Matthysse (left) with a win over Viktol Postol Saturday in Carson, California. Photo: Gene Blevins, GoldenBoy Promotions

SAN DIEGO, October 2, 2015 – It’s the perfect recipe for a Fight of the Year candidate.

Take one hard-hitting puncher, Argentinean Lucas Matthysse. Match him against a hungry, unbeaten opponent who would love to make his mark, Ukrainian Viktor Postol. Put a title belt on the line. Mix in the prospect of a big pay day fight for a win. Season with enthusiastic Southern California fight fans, and put it into a venue known for making magic happen in the ring.

HBO Boxing After Dark serves up Matthysse vs. Postol from the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Saturday, October 2. The broadcast starts at 10 p.m. ET with an action-packed co-feature, 10 rounds between undefeated junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs) and two-time titleholder Humberto Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) of Mexico.

Matthysse (37-3-0, 34 KOs) is incapable of putting on a boring fight. A narrow defeat by Danny Garcia in 2013 at lightweight slowed Matthysse’s career down briefly. It was the first time he had ever been knocked down, and the first time he failed to knock down his opponent. But in the two plus years since then, he has banged out three victories, two by knockout, with one of them ending up as the consensus 2014 Fight of the Year. It was his 11th round knockout victory over John Molina, at the same venue hosting Saturday’s fight.

John Molina (left) and Lucas Matthysse gave fans in Carson, California everything they had on Saturday.
John Molina (left) and Lucas Matthysse gave fans in Carson, California everything they had. Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime.

In April, Matthysse put an early nominee on the short list for 2015 Fight of the Year, his solid decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in New York. But as he says he always does, Matthysse has vowed to go for the knockout victory, not just to win, but to please the fans.

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Postol is the number one WBC ranked light welterweight challenger. The pair will be fighting to win the vacant WBA light welterweight title. It was recently stripped from inactive champion Danny Garcia after he failed to mount a title defense over the past year. It is the same title Matthysse had hoped to win when he fought Garcia but lost.

“I have wanted to be a world champion since I was a little boy and Saturday night I will have the chance to make this dream come true.

“I am very happy to be fighting in the Los Angeles area for this fight. It is a great honor for me to have the support of the Latin people here in the United States, coming all the way from Argentina.”

Lucas Matthysse (left) and Viktol Postol at Friday's weigh-in. Photo: Gene Blevins, Golden Boy Promotions
Lucas Matthysse (left) and Viktol Postol at Friday’s weigh-in. Photo: Gene Blevins, Golden Boy Promotions

There is an even bigger prize on the horizon for Matthysse if he wins. There is talk about Matthysse as a possible opponent for eight division champion Manny Pacquiao when he returns to the ring in early 2016 after shoulder surgery. Pacquiao will need an opponent capable of drawing fan interest. There aren’t many boxers with more fan appeal than Matthysse. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum likes Matthysse and has openly talked him up as a possibility. With Arum once again working with Matthysse’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, it’s very much a makeable match-up. It would mean a move up to 147 pound for Matthysse, so he wouldn’t even put his title on the line should he win it Saturday. It is a safer fight and a far more lucrative one than going after the man at the top of the 140-pound food chain, unbeaten champion Terence Crawford.

Matthysse has one speed, no reverse gear, and the more he can turn a fight into a slugfest, the better he likes it. While Viktol Postol is capable of going toe to toe with “La Machina,” he approaches his fights as a technician. Postol will be far better served if he can use his significant height advantage (5-11 to Matthysse’s 5-6.5) and employ surgical precision to strike without being punished for it. But if he does this, every punch needs to count, and he also has to count on judges who prize accuracy over aggressive. Matthysse says Postol’s height doesn’t concern him. Postol is only one inch taller than John Molina.

Postol feels confident thanks to training under the watchful eye of Freddie Roach and his assistant trainer Marvin Somodio. “I’ve had a great camp. I’ve sparred with Pacquaio and many other great fighters at the Wild Card Gym. I have all the experience now that people will underestimate. Good luck to Matthysse, and I can’t wait for this fight.”

Antonio Orozco (left) hopes to remain unbeaten against Humberto Soto Saturday. Photo: Gene Blevins, Golden Boy Promotions
Antonio Orozco (left) hopes to remain unbeaten against Humberto Soto Saturday. Photo: Gene Blevins, Golden Boy Promotions

In the co-main event, Antonio Orozco seeks to advance his status in the super-lightweight division with this test against the seasoned veteran Soto. There will be nothing subtle about this matchup. It will be a Mexican style of pure action, youth versus experience.

“It’s going to be a good fight, youth against experience. I think the people who see this fight are going to be the real winners,” said the 35 year old Soto, who is eight years older than Orozco and who has boxed 552 professional rounds to Orozco’s 94 rounds.

“Nothing personal against Antonio Orozco, but I do believe experience will beat youth on Saturday. This fight will steal the show because when you put two Mexicans in a ring, they come to fight.”

For his part, Orozco says, “I want to give the boxing fans what they want and deserve with this fight. I know it won’t be easy against Humberto Soto. I’m going to prove on October 3 that I’m ready for the big leagues.”

However these fights go into the record books, when boxers get together under California skies at StubHub Center, it’s always a winner.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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