Words: Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Former two-weight world champion Humberto Soto and fearless junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse get their dukes up on Saturday, June 23 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and have vowed to wow the Californian crowd with a display filled with machismo. Matthysse has declared that his team have been preparing for a war whilst Soto stated that experience will see him edge the toe-to-toe battle.
A 29-year-old from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matthysse (30-2-0, 28ko) has built up a headhunter’s reputation founded on his 85 percent chance of securing victory by way of knockout, however, when campaigning on American canvas, he has twice found himself on the wrong side of a decision when a fight is to be decided by the ringside judges. On both occasions – Zab Judah in New Jersey in 2010 and Devon Alexander in Missouri in 2011 – the crafty South American brawler made a case for victory.
On his two losses, Matthysse said: “Those were both very difficult fights to have to adjust to them and change the way I fight. I know I won both those fights… deep in my heart, I know it. It did hurt me, but we’ve got to come back stronger and I know we are ready for bigger and better things.”
While Judah and Alexander are slippery opponents who would be more comfortable fighting in space, rather than in the centre of the ring, Soto (58-7-2, 34ko) possesses an alternative style… one which Matthysse is more comfortable with.
“With Humberto, we all know he’s going to come to fight. He wants to come to battle and that makes me very happy because we are ready to give him a war.”
The Mexican Soto paid tribute to Matthysse’s attributes but cites the gulf in experience (Soto has boxed 470 rounds compared to Mattysse’s 110) to be pivotal come fight time. He said: “There is no doubt Lucas is a strong opponent and a strong fighter. He comes forward and always looks for a fight.
“The difference in this fight is the experience. I have a lot of experience, and that’s what’s going to lead me to victory. Matthysse is a good fighter. He’s going to stay in there and he’s a smart fighter. We’re going to go toe-to-toe.”