Will Matthysse get the decision against Morales?
By William Mackay: Having been burned twice recently in controversial losses to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah, Argentinian Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KO’s) will give it another try on September 17th against Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KO’s) for the vacant WBC light welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Matthysse has to be wondering right now what he has to do to get the judges to side with him, because he appeared to win both the Judah and Alexander fight, but was given narrow decision losses.
The World Boxing Council stripped previous champion Timothy Bradley of the belt recently because he hadn’t defended it since capturing the title last January and he didn’t have a fight planned to defend it. The strange part came in when the WBC decided to sanction a fight between Morales, the number #2 ranked WBC contender and Matthysse, the #5 ranked contender instead of a fight between #1 ranked Ajose Olusegun against Morales or the #3 ranked Humberto Soto.
It looks like the WBC has given Morales a golden opportunity to try and win a 4th world title against Matthysse. That’s going to make it tough on Matthysse, who isn’t as well known as Morales nor as big of a draw in the United States. It’s never easy for little known fighters to get wins over really popular guys like Morales. It’s not impossible if they really dominate but it’s going to take a very impressive performance from Matthysse to get a win in this fight. I can see him losing another controversial decision. I wouldn’t blame Matthysse if he doesn’t want to fight in the U.S. anymore if he loses another questionable decision. He might feel he’s better off facing obscure guys in Argentina rather than taking on well known fighters in the U.S and losing most of the time due to controversial decisions.
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