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Lucas Matthysse could add Joel Diaz to corner

Photo by: Naoki Fukuda

Lucas Matthysse is still targeting a return to the ring in March or April. The Argentinian slugger is also targeting a new set of eyes to help lead trainer Luis Barrera in the corner. According to Golden Boy president Eric Gomez, veteran trainer Joel Diaz is under consideration to join Matthysse as he comes back in 2017 from an eye injury.

“He wants to speak to Joel Diaz for sure,” Gomez told in a text message on Monday. “But he will also consider a couple other trainers. He will decide once he’s in town.” Matthysse will be moving his training camp to the U.S. in January and settling in Los Angeles, Gomez said.

Golden Boy officials plan to huddle with Matthysse’s manager and promotional partner in Argentina, Mario Arano on Dec. 17 at the Bernard Hopkins-Joe Smith Jr. fight at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Matthysse hasn’t fought since he sustained a fractured left orbital bone in a 10th-round stoppage loss to Viktor Postol for a vacant junior welterweight title in October of 2015.

“Lucas wants to come and train in the U.S.,” Gomez said in a phone interview on Friday. “He’s going to come out and train in January and we’re targeting a comeback date either in March or April. He’s going to train here in Los Angeles. We have a meeting with our partner, Mario Arano. He’s coming over for the Hopkins fight and we’re going to sit down with him and map out a strategy for Lucas to come back.”

Despite reports that Matthysse (37-4, 34 knockouts) was looking to replace Barrera, he’s going to keep his longtime cornerman while hoping to add a new voice. “He’s still going to be with Luis Barrera,” Gomez said. “He’s going to come out with him (to Los Angeles). If anything, there are some ideas about maybe adding to the team and maybe getting another trainer involved but we won’t know until we sit down with him.”

Diaz is a veteran trainer who is known for his work with Timothy Bradley. He has also cornered for Ruslan Provodnikov, Abner Mares and Jessie Magdaleno, among others. Diaz is the current trainer of undefeated junior featherweight Diego De La Hoya, who is the cousin of Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya.