Lucas Matthysse eyes return at 147 in spring
After a four-month layoff and having spent his vacation time between his adoptive town of Junin and his native town of Trelew in the Argentine Patagonia region, junior welterweight contender and knockout artist Lucas Matthysse gets ready to return to the Arano Boxing Gym to start working on his return, which could happen as early as March or April, according to his promoter’s official website.
“We have a few days to evaluate the situation with the whole team and with Golden Boy Promotions but we’re considering the possibility of Lucas reemerging as a welterweight,” said promoter Mario Arano, Matthysse’s handler, in an official statement. “The boxing market is betting heavily on the 147 pound division and Matthysse could have big opportunities in that division.”
After suffering a heart-breaking defeat at the hands of Ukraine’s Viktor Postol last October in Carson City, Calif., Matthysse decided to take some time off to allow the eye injury sustained in this fight to heal properly. He then traveled to his hometown for a long vacation, surrounded by his parents and siblings, as well as his daughter Priscilla.
The statement also indicates Matthysse will once again train for his upcoming bout, which, so far, has no confirmed date or opponent, in the town of Junin at Arano’s own facilities, like he did for the Postol fight, which determined a new WBC junior welterweight titlist.
During his stay in Trelew, a rumor surfaced about Matthysse training under his brother-in-law and former two-division titlist Omar Narvaez, which was fueled by a somewhat misleading and unclear comment by Narvaez during a TV interview. This was flatly denied by the Matthysse team.
Narvaez is starting out his career as a trainer ahead of what appears to be his imminent retirement and his brother, Mario, also trains fighters, including Lucas Matthysse’s sister, Soledad, a world champion herself. Lucas’ father, Mario Matthysse, is also a trainer in the area, as well as Lucas’ brother, Walter.
Diego Morilla, a bilingual boxing writer since 1995, is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He served as boxing writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com, and is now a regular contributor to RingTV.com and HBO.com, as well as the resident boxing writer for XNSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MorillaBoxing.