Lucas Matthysse is now in line to face Erik Morales on the Mayweather vs Ortiz undercard.
In a turn of events that could end a lot of complaining (including mine), it appears that Jorge Barrios is having legal issues leaving Argentina, and because of that, Lucas Matthysse will likely be facing Erik Morales on the Mayweather vs Ortiz undercard.
This is quite the switch-up for Morales, who goes from facing a rusty fighter who has never fought at 140 pounds to facing one of the best junior welterweights in the world, a hard hitter who many felt was shafted in his last two fights on U.S. soil against Zab Judah and Devon Alexander.
The fight would still be for the WBC's vacant junior welterweight title, but is now a far more legitimate bout. It doesn't change my complaint that the September 30 fight between Ajose Olusegun and Ali Chebah should have been sanctioned for the title after the WBC chose to strip Timothy Bradley (or call him "champion in recess," whichever sounds more real to you), as the WBC was already calling it an eliminator. But Matthysse (28-2, 26 KO) is a serious contender in the division, and Morales is back-end top 10 at this point. It's a real fight.
Does anyone think Morales can beat Matthysse? I think Lucas has to be considered a serious favorite here, but Morales pushed Marcos Maidana to the brink in April. I would say Matthysse is a better boxer than Maidana, and Morales may not be able to outfox him as easily, but are you giving Morales a legit shot here to pull out another great performance and maybe take this one?