Matthysse vs. Olusegun for interim WBC 140 lb title on September 8th
By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten #1 WBC 140 lb contender Ajose Olusegun (30-0, 14 KO’s) still isn’t getting a shot at the full World Boxing Council light welterweight title, but he’ll be fighting for the interim WBC 140 pound strap against #4 WBC Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KO’s) on September 8th on the undercard of the Randall Bailey vs. Devon Alexander clash that will be televised by Showtime.
Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, told RingTV “We have made a deal with Ajose Olusegun’s team for him to fight for the interim WBC world title and that fight will happen against Lucas Matthysse. So that will be a double-header with the fight between Bailey and Alexander.”
Olusegun, 32, has been waiting for a title shot against Danny Garcia, but he was bypassed when Garcia chose to fight Amir Khan instead. If Olusegun can get past Matthysse, which won’t be easy, he’ll be in line for a fight against Garcia. That won’t be any picnic either because Olusegun’s brawling style of fighting will suit Garcia’s fighting style perfectly. Indeed, Garcia is the bigger puncher and Olusegun will have to come up with another plan of attack to beat Garcia. But none of this will matter if Olusegun can’t get past Matthysse. That’s a real tough fight for him, because Matthysse has power along the same lines as Garcia, but he’s perhaps more dangerous because he has such a great body attack. Matthysse also can box well, and dominate in that manner as well.
Matthysse recently defeated former WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto by a 5th round stoppage last June. Matthysse dominated a very good fighter in Soto, and made it look easy. Matthysse had now won his last three fights. He has two losses on his resume to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah, neither of which appeared to be actual defeats by Matthysse. He fought well enough in both fights to deserve the decision, but he made the mistake of fighting these guys in their own hometowns and that probably cost him the fights.
The southpaw Olusegun hasn’t fought since last September when he easily defeated Ali Chebah by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision on Showtime. Olusegun’s looping shots and nonstop punching attack was too much for Chebah to handle. It remains to be seen if Olusegun will be able to do the same thing against Matthysse, whose body punching could keep Olusegun in check.
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