On October 3rd, hard-punching Argentine Lucas Matthysse and sharp-boxing Ukrainian Viktor Postol will collide at the StubHub Center in Carson, California with the WBC Light Welterweight title on the line.
Golden Boy Promotions will promote this bout, which is to be shown on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Hailed as one of the greatest bouts to be held under the 140-lb limit all year, tickets for Matthysse-Postol are available at prices of $150, $75, $50 and $25 from various retailers.
A press conference was recently held to formally announce the contest, and both fighters appeared confident in their ability to gain this important win come October.
“Postol isn’t anything big; he boxes well but that’s it,” said “The Machine,” Lucas Matthysse. “I saw part of his fight against Selcuk Aydin but other than that there aren’t very many videos of him on the Internet. I’m not taking him lightly though, because he’s at the top of the rankings for a reason.”
“Postol is tall like John Molina, but Molina came to fight,” Matthysse continued. “Postol, I don’t think so. He moves his left very well, fights at a distance, seems fast on his feet, and has excellent head movement… He’s good, but I’m confident that I’ll be the WBC World Champion.”
“I am glad that I am finally getting my chance to fight for the WBC world title after all those hurdles and delays,” said Viktor Postol, top super lightweight contender. “To get to this fight I had to go through 6 years of hard work and dedication in the gym and in the ring. I am ready mentally and physically to win this fight and bring the world title back to the Ukraine!”
“Lucas was the winning half of the 2014 fight of the year and once again came out on top of what nearly everyone considers the 2015 fight of the year – if fans want action, they know where they’re going to get it on Saturday, October 3,” said Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions. “Lucas knows that a victory here would not only earn him the WBC World Super Lightweight Belt but would establish him as the clear top fighter in the division. With so much opportunity, I fully expect he’ll put on a dynamite show at StubHub Center.”
“Viktor is a tremendous boxer-puncher, and we give him a helluva shot to beat Lucas Matthysse,” said Postol co-promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.
“We’re going to work for this fight with the same or even greater responsibility than for Matthysse’s previous fights,” said Mario Arano, President of Arano Box Promotions. “I know Lucas will beat Postol by way of KO. After this fight we want Manny Pacquiao because even Bob Arum has mentioned the possibility of this fight happening. I’m sure our team at Golden Boy Promotions will work to make it happen.”
“After Postol, as the WBC World Champion, Lucas will be more than ready for mega-fights, Arano said. “That’s why we want Pacquiao, hopefully it can happen. If not, we’re ready for anyone. Too bad Mayweather will retire. Honestly, I truly believe the only fighter in the world that can beat Floyd is Lucas Matthysse.”
“We are looking forward to another great event with Lucas Matthysse who proves himself time after time to be one of the best fighters in the super lightweight division,” said Vadim Kornilov, manager for Viktor Postol and President of VK Management. “After the Provodnikov fight in which Lucas came out victorious, this fight is kind of like a revenge fight for our whole team, and we will make sure to not let this one slip away.
“In the last 10 years our company has done a lot to develop professional boxing in the Ukraine,” said Stepan Chernovetskiy, President of ELITE Boxing Promotions. “Viktor Postol has been one of our top prospects and we have done a lot to get him to a world title shot specifically with the WBC, which is one of the most respectable organizations. Viktor is a very good and technical boxer; myself and all of Ukraine will be supporting him in this fight and he has everything in order to win!”
“After giving fans one of the most riveting fights of 2015, Lucas Matthysse returns to face undefeated Viktor Postol, as these super-lightweights battle to capitalize on a well-earned opportunity to win a first world title,” said Peter Nelson, HBO Sports Vice President of Programming. “Having been home to so many memorable fights in recent years, the StubHub looks to have another in Matthysse-Postol, and we are privileged to present it to our subscribers October 3rd on Boxing After Dark.”
Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse is considered to be one of boxing’s most popular competitors, and with good reason. He won 2014’s “Fight of the Year” honors for his ten round war with John Molina Jr., one in which he came off the canvas twice to emerge victorious. Born in Trelew, Argentina, the former WBC interim titlist, has shown the best form of his career in recent bouts, having beaten the likes of Molina, Roberto Ortiz, and Ruslan Provodnikov. These not only left him with an exceptional three-win streak, but on the doorstep of a world championship.
A boxer whose style could trouble anyone, 31-year-old Viktor “The Iceman” Postol refuses to get rattled in the ring. After two terrific wins in the United States came against Selcuk Aydin and Jake Giuriceo, fans in America are starting to see just how good the Kiev, Ukraine native can be. Postol, the #1 contender for the vacant WBC Light Welterweight title, has also come away with wins over former world champion DeMarcus Corley and veteran trialhorse Hank Lundy. In the fall, he hopes to add Lucas Matthysse to the list of fighters he has vanquished on his way to becoming world champion.
In the co-main event, Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto marks a seventy-sixth boxing contest and will be in search of an eight-straight victory against undefeated Antonio Orozco. Orozco, 27, has beaten experienced scrappers Emmanuel Taylor, Steve Forbes, Martin Honorio, and Ivan Hernandez to name a few, but has yet to take on a constant threat, like Soto, in the boxing ring. It’s a perfect complement to Matthysse and Postol under HBO’s bright lights.
HBO Boxing After Dark held its first event on February 3rd, 1996 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood. It was headlined by a classic bout between Marco Antonio Barrera and Kennedy McKinney in which Barrera came off the canvas to retain his WBO Super Bantamweight title via twelfth-round TKO. Now, nearly two decades later, Matthysse and Postol will look to make their mark in California boxing history on Oct. 3.
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