Alan Dawson – London
Junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse, 29, knocked down June 23 opponent Humberto Soto, 32, at the end of the fifth round of their STAPLES Center duel in Los Angeles and, in so doing, claimed a stunning stoppage win. Soto enjoyed an early superiority over Matthysse but, as the contest wore on, Humberto began to trade but relinquished the upper-hand – and victory – to the Argentine. With the win, Matthysse captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas title.
Official verdict: Matthysse by way of KO.
“With my team we worked hard, trained hard, we knew we had to win by knockout,” said Matthysse to Showtime. “This is the best one [performance] because this didn’t go to the judges. [In my next fight] I just want the opportunity to fight whoever.”
Prospective opponents may not willingly align themselves with Matthysse (31-2-0, 29ko) as the Buenos Aires native’s power was the decisive factor, yet, during the initial jousting, he did show mild vulnerability as Soto (58-8-2, 34ko) out-boxed him.
With a body clad in decorative ink and boxing in baby blue trunks, Matthysse began the fight perhaps encumbered by his role as the favourite. Underdog Soto boxed positively, popped his jab out, sent in wide shots and parried Matthysse’s lead incoming punches. Lucas, a heavy-hitting Argentine, grew confidence late in the opening session, though, and showed Soto he possessed a foundation-rattling hook shot.
The stanza was Soto’s, though, as he had the faster hands, an aesthetically-pleasing combination-punching style and forced the fight early. That ability to out-box his man continued into the second round and Soto found success with his uppercut, together with his overhand right.
Matthysse’s desire to work, however, seemed to be impeded by a referee who was all too eager to make himself noted in the contest but, when the bout reached it’s third session and a barnburner broke out, it favoured Matthysse who was the harder puncher. Matthysse paid particular attention to Soto’s midsection and pummeled the rib-cage with acute shots. Soto’s demise was punctuated by his inability to avoid Matthysse’s favoured areas of the ring as he got himself trapped against the ropes and had no answer or defence for Matthysse’s overhand right over the follow-up left hand.
In the fourth, Matthysse increased his work-rate, let his fists go, continued to work Soto’s body, sat down on his punches and caught the Mexican cleanly with straight rights and left hooks. Soto was fighting back but, midway through the session, he was knocked back onto the ropes and stunned by Lucas’ Herculean power.
Between rounds, Matthysse – like George Foreman was known to – propped himself up on the corner and refused to take his stool in a statement that he was comfortable with the frenetic pace of the fight.
Despite Soto being known for throwing punches in bunches, it was Matthysse who pieced his shots together and, noticeably, threw punches in flurries of three. For all of Soto’s technically-sound attacking moves, he fell into the trap of fighting his opponent’s fight, staying in the pocket and failed to dart out of the danger zone once he had landed his shots. This allowed Matthysse to retaliate and, as had been the tale of the fight, it was his shots that had the greater snap.
That snap… that hellacious power when it was fully realised at the end of the fifth round, was enough to perturb Soto and his team from continuing the fight. Matthysse knocked down Soto with a succession of signature overhand rights, putting Humberto on his seat but, even though he returned to his stool – albeit on legs that were far from sturdy – his corner were not comfortable in allowing their ward to enter the sixth and so Matthysse was rewarded with a headline-grabbing stoppage victory in California.
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.”
On The Beak – Admin
It was officially announced today that contender Josesito Lopez, of Riverside, has been tapped to meet Victor Ortiz in the main event on Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for the vacant WBC silver welterweight title, live on Showtime. Lopez, who had been training for a June 22 bout that was canceled days ago, replaces Andre Berto following Berto’s failed pre-fight drug test which was revealed last Friday.
Ortiz versus Lopez will headline a three-fight Showtime Championship Boxing telecast that now will include top rated heavyweight Chris Arreola in a ten-round bout against an opponent to be determined and the previously announced 12-round bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC continental Americas super lightweight belt.
The star of Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22ko) has been on the rise for the last few years, but in 2011, the native of Garden City, Kansas, finally put everything together for the entire world to see. The owner of wins over Mike Arnaoutis, Nate Campbell and Antonio Diaz, Ortiz stepped it up in April 2011 with a thrilling 12-round decision win over Berto that captivated the boxing world and earned him the WBC welterweight championship.
Five months later, Ortiz would lose a controversial bout to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr, but on June 23, the 25-year old begins his quest to get back to the top of the division.
The latest in the line of talented contenders from Southern California, 27-year old Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17ko) has the style and determination to add “championship” to his resume sooner rather than later. A boxer-puncher who isn’t afraid to mix it up, Lopez flew under the radar for the early part of his career, but after a controversial decision loss to Edgar Santana in 2008, fight fans started taking notice of him.
Following a seven fight winning streak that included a knockout of unbeaten Mike Dallas Jr in 2011, Lopez got a coveted undercard fight against Jessie Vargas last September beneath the Floyd Mayweather versus Victor Ortiz pay-per-view mega-fight. While he lost a razor-thin split decision which many ringside observers had him winning, he proved that he can compete at the highest level of the sport.
A big puncher with an even bigger personality, Riverside’s Chris Arreola (35-2, 30ko) has long been considered one of the best and most popular heavyweights in the game today. A former world title challenger who took on Vitali Klitschko at STAPLES Center in 2009, the 31-year old Arreola has since won eight of his last nine bouts, including knockouts of Raphael Butler and Eric Molina. With a world championship fight right around the corner, he will have a lot at stake when he enters the ring in front of his loyal hometown fans at STAPLES Center.
On The Beak – Admin
Two-weight world champion Humberto Soto upped his record to 57-7-2, 34ko on Saturday, November 26 at the Campo Futbol Colosio in Quintana Roo, Mexico at the expense of Adailton de Jesus in what was on paper – and in the ring – a mismatch. Soto trumped Adailton by way of fourth round knockout. Both before and after the fight, though, rumours began escalating that Soto and super lightweight banger Marcos Maidana may brawl in 2012…
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On The Beak – Admin
Two-weight world champion Humberto Soto took on Nicaraguan journeyman Jose Alfaro at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Mexico on Saturday, September 3 and won by way of second round technical knockout in a bout where both fighters sustained cuts that had to be examined by the ring physician. It was Soto’s second foray in the super lightweight division having left the 135lb weight class.
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Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Trainer Romulo Quirate Jr and WBC world lightweight champion have been undergoing intensive altitude training in the Mexican mountaintops in order to ready themselves for Soto’s fourth title defence against Motoki Sasaki at the Tsunami In Cozumel event on Saturday, June 25 at Andrew Park in Quintana Roo. Quirate Jr and Soto have been working on stamina, strength and speed.
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Soto (55-7-2, 32ko), a two-weight world champion, ensured he was at the forefront of boxing fans’ conversation at the tail-end of 2010 due to his fight of the year candidate decision win over Urbano Antillon. He has since fought once, a non title bout against Fidel Munoz, who he outpointed over ten rounds.
Challenger Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23ko) hails from Japan and has rarely ventured outside of Tokyo for his professional bouts. Sasaki, though, was, last month, designated as Soto’s mandatory challenger and he is an opponent that Quirate Jr and Soto have not been taking lightly due to the apparent intensity of their current training camp.
Quirate Jr has been training lightweight honcho Soto in the mountains of Temoaya, Mexico, where they have set up camp for the past six weeks. This week is the last they will spend at altitude. Quirate Jr told Boxing Scene: “His [Soto] performance was much better than expected, the recovery factor has been very fast, the weight is no longer of any concern and Humberto has shown great speed.
“I think it’s going to be a great fight because Sasaki is coming to make a war in the ring,” said the trainer, who then proceeded to explain that he has been working to improve Soto’s hand speed as well as his foot movement.
“We want to avoid any surprises and we will go prepared for anything. We know the power of Humberto is there and it can explode at any moment. What we’re working hard to achieve is to improve the speed in his legs and hands. We do not want to give any advantages to the Japanese challenger.”
Soto will continue with some heavy 12-round sparring sessions this week, with spar partners Pavel Miranda, Rogelio Castaneda and Pablo Gaxiola.
Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
It is with a twist of irony that WBA World Lightweight champion Brandon Rios, who – prior to winning his title – was known to call out the division’s elite, yet is now on the receiving end of fighters wanting to box him. However, Humberto Soto, who Rios is desperate to fight, is “making excuses” to not share a ring, according to ‘Bam Bam’.
|ON THE BEAK’s TOP TEN LIGHTWEIGHTS
|1 – Juan Manuel Marquez
|2 – Brandon Rios
|3 – Humberto Soto
|4 – Robert Guerrero
|5 – Miguel Acosta
|6 – Michael Katsidis
|7 – Urbano Antillon
|8 – John Murray
|9 – Miguel Vazquez
|10 – Paulus Moses||NAMIBIA|
A tentative date of July 9 has been scheduled for Rios’ next fight. Whomever he is matched with, there is little doubt that the come-forward brawler will be ready.
Since defeating Miguel Acosta in February, at the Palms Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, USA, and being awarded his first world title, Rios has continued to train at Robert Garcia’s Oxnard boxing gym, pounding the heavy bag, working the pads and maintaining his sterling physique.
The victory against boxer-mover Acosta surprised multiple boxing publications – including On The Beak – who believed the Venezuelan’s technical skills would outweigh Rios’ perceived one-dimensional style. ‘Bam Bam’ was indeed troubled at the beginning of the fight, yet by the mid-to-late rounds his brute strength overpowered Acosta (for round by round summary click here).
Rios is eager to get back into the ring and there are a plethora of viable fights for the Mexican-American, including: undefeated Briton John Murray, IBF titlist Miguel Vazquez and ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera.
“Marco Antonio Barrera has experience; he has a big name,” Rios said on Seconds Out regarding a potential tear-up. “My job is to train and to fight. If that is who they want to pick, if they think that is a good move for my career to get to the next level, then I go with it. I don’t go against what Robert [Garcia] and my manager, Cameron Dunkin, say.”
Juan Manuel Marquez remains the marquee name in the 135lb weight class, yet his pursuit of Manny Pacquiao for a third and conclusive fight means he may be off-limits for the time being. Rios’ stock has risen considerably since picking up the WBA crown and he himself has been the recipient of being called out.
“I have been calling out Marquez. I have been calling out [Humberto] Soto,” said Rios. “To me, it is getting the best fights and fighting the best. I would love to unify the titles.
“There are a lot of guys at 135 that are calling me out. Hank Lundy, John Murray from England, Miguel Vasquez wants a piece of me; Barrera wants a piece of me. The only guy who doesn’t want a piece of me is Soto. I want a piece of him but he keeps making excuses. Now I hear he is going to 140 after this fight. It’s like, ‘C’mon, I want unify my title with his title.’ I want the best.
“My manager and Robert know what I can do. They know what I want and know what I can do. I am ready for anybody. Our plan is to get maybe three more fights at 135 and then move to 140. That’s the plan. I can do 140. I am a big 135. I can make 135 but I can go to 140 and still be strong. Maybe you will see me at 140 this year and we will see what happens.”
J.G Barrington – New York
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Heavyweight: Danny Williams – 2nd Rd TKO – Frank Kary Roth
Notes – Following the relinquishing of his British crown to Dereck Chisora last summer, Williams got his career back on track with a second round stoppage of German southpaw Kary Roth. On paper it represents a good win but taken in it’s context, Kary Roth is a Cruiserweight who had 21 losses on his resume with just two victories.
EBU Super Middleweight title: Piotr Wilczewski – 11th Rd TKO – Amin Asikainen
Notes – Wilczewski dropped Asikainen in both the eighth and 11th rounds, in front of Asikainen’s home fans in Finland, to pick up the vacant European title. The WBO Intercontinental super middleweight belt was also on the line.
Super Middleweight: Daniel Jacobs – 1st Rd TKO– Robert Kliewer
Notes – Esteemed trainer Freddie Roach oversaw Jacobs’ corner in an official capacity for the first time in what was a swift and dominant display against an overmatched opponent who had lost more bouts than he had won.
Super Middleweight: James Kirkland – 1st Rd KO – Ahsandi Gibbs
Notes – The return to the ring of Texan southpaw Kirkland was particularly noteworthy as he struck a pure knockout over late adversary Gibbs. Kirkland inflicted the second defeat on Gibbs’ resume as he continued his own thumping record of 23 knockouts in 26 victories without a single blemish.
Super Middleweight: George Groves – 4th Rd TKO – Daniel Adotey Allotey
Notes – Hayemaker Promotions may now be looking to put Groves in against slayed amateur James DeGale in what would be a great grudge match for British fans after Groves beat Allotey inside the distance. The Commonwealth champ weighed in at a career high 171.25lbs.
WBC Super Welterweight title: Saul Alvarez – UD – Matthew Hatton [119-108, 119-108, 119-108]
Notes – The fight had an unofficial catchweight of 150lbs yet Alvarez came in 1.5lbs over. Hatton, a Welterweight by trade, was out of his depth as Alvarez won every single round. The Mexican who, at 20, becomes the youngest champion at 154lbs, was deducted a point at the 7th round for punching after the bell.
IBF Super Lightweight title: Zab Judah – 7th Rnd TKO – Kaizer Mabuza
Notes – 11 years after winning the IBF’s version of the world title, Judah once again fits the Super Lightweight belt around his waist with a good technical knockout over tough South African Mabuza. Judah was decked in the fourth.
Super Lightweight: Humberto Soto – UD – Fidel Monterrosa Munoz [100-88, 100-90, 98-92]
Notes – Soto continued a strong winning run with a 12-round unanimous decision triumph in a non-title fight in Mexico. Soto and Urbano Antillon will now have a rematch of their fight last year on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley summer showdown.
Lightweight: Vicente Escobedo – UD – Walter Estrada [97-92, 96-93, 97-92]
Notes – Estrada was troubled and then downed in the seventh round as Escobedo won a decision in a ten-round contest.
WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight title: Adrien Broner – UD – Daniel Ponce de Leon [96-94, 99-91, 96-94]
Notes – Ponce de Leon felt the scorecards were unjustified as Broner was awarded the decision win. It was the first time Ponce de Leon had lost since his unsuccessful attempt at being the first man to beat Juan Manuel Lopez. Broner remains undefeated.
British Super Featherweight title: Gary Sykes – UD – Carl Johanneson [116-112, 115-112, 115-113]
Notes – Sykes stormed to a thrilling decision win over Johanneson. Sykes showed good heart and desire to get up off the canvas in the 9th round to beat Johanneson on points.
IBO Female Lightweight title: Marie Riederer – D – Zelda Tekin [95-95 | 95-95 | 95-95]
Notes – All three judges were unable to separate Riederer and Tekin in this title fight in Germany.