Lucas Matthysse to face Viktor Postol for vacant WBC title at 140
Argentine puncher Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 knockouts) will take on the unbeaten Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title on Oct. 3 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, it was officially announced on Thursday.
The belt in question was recently relinquished by Danny Garcia, who has made the move north to welterweight, and Matthysse and Postol were the No. 1- and No. 2-rated challengers, respectively, according to the WBC.
“Postol isn’t anything big; he boxes well but that’s it,” said Matthysse in a press release issued by Golden Boy Promotions. “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.
“He moves his left very well, fights at a distance, seems fast on his feet, and has excellent head movement. Against Aydin he got off to a slow start but then dominated and got the knockout. He’s good, but I’m confident that I’ll be the WBC world champion.”
Postol, who fights out of Kiev, Ukraine, has been a professional for eight years and although the 31-year-old hasn’t mixed in the same company as Matthysse, he is highly motivated to win the biggest fight of his career.
He said, “I’m glad that I am finally getting my chance to fight for the WBC world title after all those hurdles and delays. To get to this fight I had to go through 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 knows that a victory here would not only earn him the WBC junior welterweight belt but would establish him as the clear top fighter in the division,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “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 Boxing Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, Inc.
Matthysse is rated No. 1 by THE RING at 140 pounds with Postol at No. 7.
Information provided courtesy of a press release issued by Golden Boy Promotions
Tickets for Matthysse vs. Postol are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, and go on sale Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing