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Schaefer working on Thurman, Matthysse, & Figueroa tripleheader on April 26th on Showtime

matthysse559By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is working on a huge fight card on April 26th on Showtime with WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KO’s), Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO’s) and WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KO’s) in separate fights on the network. It sounds like a potentially good card except that Matthysse’s opponent could be lightweight John Molina.

That’s not a good match-up because Matthysse is bigger and stronger than Molina. That would be halfway decent opponent for Figueroa, because he’s a lightweight at least. If Golden Boy is matching Matthysse with Molina, then it’s quite possible that Thurman and Figueroa will be facing opposition that are less than impressive as well.

Matthysse lose his last fight to WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia last September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a good fight except for the holding, running and the low blows that Garcia was constantly landing. Matthysse wanted a rematch, but Garcia went in another direction in facing Mauricio Herrera instead. Matthysse is capable of beating much better opposition than a lightweight like Molina. Matthysse isn’t someone that Golden Boy needs to carefully match, because he can’t beat pretty much most of the opposition at 140. I think he would have beaten Garcia if not work all of his low blows, running and holding he did in the fight.

Thurman defeated Jesus Soto Karass by 9th round TKO last December on the Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana card. Thurman put in a good performance in stopping Soto Karass. Thurman showed excellent power and boxing skills.

Figueroa had a tough fight against Nihito Arakawa in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision. It was a much tougher fight than a lot of people thought it would be. Jorge Linares recently made easy work of dominating Arakawa in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision. The way that Linares beat him, it makes you wonder whether Figueroa has the kind of talent to stay on top as the WBC champion for long.

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