Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) of Argentina has held the WBC interim super lightweight title and challenged for the very same world title. He has yet however to win an absolute world title. He will get a second chance at a world title October 3rd when he faces unbeaten Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) of the Ukraine. The bout will be the 12 round HBO main event. The vacant WBC super lightweight title will be on the line. The location will be the StubHub Center, in Carson, California. A venue that has delivered some explosive fights in recent years. Golden Boy Promotions will promote the event. Postol is represented by powerful boxing advisor Al Haymon who is being sued by Golden Boy Promotions.
Ironically Matthysse will fight for the very same title that he challenged for against champion Danny Garcia in 2013. Matthysee was the mandatory and favored to dethrone Garcia. It was Garcia who had all the answers for Matthysse including scoring the only knockdown of the fight in route to the decision victory. Matthysse rebounded well from the Garcia loss with fight of the year type of performances in victories over John Molina Jr. and Ruslan Provodnikov in his last fight.
Postol is a very dangerous opponent for Matthysse. He will enter the fight with a height and reach advantage. Postol is the much more overall complete boxer in terms of skills. Matthysse will have the power advantage but cannot afford to get wreckless with Postol who is a decent counter puncher. Matthysse boxed a lot more versus Provodnikov in his last fight and it turned out to be the right decision. He was dazed a few times pretty badly during the fight almost causing him to be dropped and possibly losing what was a close fight on the scorecards. He will have to change his strategy back to the aggressor for this fight as he is not likely to be able to outbox Postol.
There is a lot riding on this fight. Matthysee was at one time under the advisory of Al Haymon. He decided to move on but did resign with Golden Boy Promotions. He is actually probably one of the best fighters on the roster that there are high championship hopes for after Saul Alvarez. There is a lot of hope that he will win this world title and go on to do even bigger things. A loss would be a major setback given all the circumstances involved. Matthysse likely is not seeing losing as an option.