(Photo credit: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions) By Allan Fox: The 5’6 1/2″ Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) wasn’t able to handle the much taller 5’11” Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) in losing to the Ukrainian fighter by a 10th round knockout tonight to win the vacat WBA light welterweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Postol put Matthysse on the canvas to get the knockout. Matthysse looked like he wasn’t that hurt from the punch, but he stayed down anyway. Referee Jack Reiss officially stopped the fight at 2:58 of the 10th round.
You hate to call it a quit job by Matthysse, but that’s basically what he did by going down on one knee and not getting up. He did not look hurt from that punch. I think Matthysse just gave up mentally because he had no answers for what to do to get close enough to throw his punches. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions) By Jim Dower: In a surprising outcome, unbeaten #1 WBC Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) stopped #2 WBC Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) in the 10th round on Saturday night to capture the vacant WBA light welterweight title on HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Postol knocked Matthysse down with a right hand in the 10th. Matthysse then opted not to get back to his feet and he was counted out by referee Jack Reiss. Matthysse was rubbing his left eye while on the canvas. He said that his left eye was injured from the right hand that he was knocked down with.
“I can assure you this is not going to be my last knockout,” Postol said after the fight. “I took a few hard shots. I can take a punch. I was afraid that he was going to take a point away from me, but Freddie told me I could fight on the inside and throw short punches. It would be a pleasure to meet him [Terence Crawford in the ring. I want to prove myself to American boxing fans.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The fight between IBF super middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) and 35-year-old former IBF 168lb champion Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) is officially set for November 28th on Showtime Sports Boxing at the Centre Videotron, Quebec City, in Quebec, Canada.
Having the DeGale vs. Bute fight on November 28th means that this fight will very likely be part of the Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko pay-per-view card on Sky Box Office. I’m not sure that the boxing fans will be too keen at paying to see a mismatch between DeGale and Bute as part of the Klitschko-Fury PPV card. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Montero, photos: Tiffany Lam As advertised, the latest edition of “LA Fight Club” from Golden Boy Promotions delivered action Friday night in downtown Los Angeles. On this night two undefeated prospects would score impressive stoppage victories to move closer to title contention.
A ten round middleweight fight served as the main event, with Brazilian Patrick Teixeira facing off against Houston native Don Mouton. The Texan came out guns blazing in the opening seconds of the first round, but it was Teixeira who quickly established himself with his superior firepower. The taller, rangier fighter mixed up his punches upstairs and downstairs and worked his angles well. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Fresh off his impressive 11th round knockout win over #11 WBC Johann Duhaupas on September 26th of last month, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) could be back in action as early as December against an opponent still to be determined.
Wilder’s manager/trainer Jay Deas wants to see the 6’7” Deontay fighting in December or January while they wait on the negotiations with #1 WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin to be concluded. World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman said that Wilder needs to fight Povetkin next, as Wilder has already used up his voluntary defenses. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) may have did himself in with his performances in his last two fights against Manny Pacquiao and Andre Berto. By fighting in a safety first manner, and then choosing to fight Berto in his last bout, Mayweather may have hurt his chances of making big money when/if he decides to come back next year to resume his career like many boxing fans think he will.
At this point I think the only guy that boxing fans will really show a lot of interest in seeing Mayweather fight is Gennady Golovkin, the unbeatable knockout artist from the middleweight division. So many fans are angry at Mayweather fight now, they would likely pay big money to see him fight a guy like Golovkin who would have a very good chance of planting Mayweather to the canvas for 100 count. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s not surprising to learn that Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) will be the highest paid fighter in tonight’s Showtime Championship Boxing card in his fight for the vacant WBA World light welterweight title against former WBA 140lb belt holder Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Broner, 26, will be getting $1 million compared to just $50,000 for his Russian opponent Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs). Broner has a big advantage over the 32-year-old Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) in that he’s with the high powered adviser Al Haymon, who pays his fighters really good money. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: #2 WBC 140lb contender Lucas “Machine” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) may not have the unbeaten record or the highest ranking going into tonight’s clash with #1 WBC Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs), but what he will have is a big advantage in terms of the purse he’ll be getting for their fight on HBO Boxing at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Mathysse will be getting $500,000 compared to the 31-year-old Postol’s $90,000. But this is nothing compared to the money that the 33-year-old Matthysse could potentially get if his promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions sets him up with a fight against former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former three division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) believes he’s going to defeat Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) tonight in their fight on Showtime to capture his fourth division world title in four divisions by winning the vacant WBA World light welterweight title that will be on the line for their fight at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Despite having lost 2 times out of his last 5 fights, Broner still believes that he’s going to be the one that takes over the sport of boxing. He says he’s put his previous losses behind him and that from now on, we’re going to see a different Broner. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It looks like we could be seeing 42-year-old former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (57-6-2, 40 KOs) facing 32-year-old former IBF junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina (23-6-2, 7 KOs) in a farewell fight for Marquez in December.
The Marquez-Molina hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it’s tentative for December. Marquez has been out of the ring for the past year and a half since beating Mike Alvarado by a 12 round unanimous decision last May at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Read the rest of this entry »