Olusegun Ajose and Lucas Matthysse headline tomorrow night's Showtime card, with J'Leon Love (left) facing Ramon Valenzuela (right) in the co-feature from Las Vegas. (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)
Lucas Matthysse and Olusegun Ajose both weighed in at 139 pounds for their interim WBC junior welterweight title fight, which will be live on Showtime tomorrow night from the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.
Matthysse (31-2, 29 KO) and Ajose (30-0, 14 KO) both looked fit and ready on the scales, and discussed their bout afterward with Mauro Ranallo, a familiar MMA play-by-play man who will be taking the role tomorrow in the boxing world, and for those wondering how he'd transition over, so far so good, I'd say.
Matthysse, a man of few words, said, "I don't really know too much about (Ajose), but he's the best. I only want to fight the best." And when asked about his previous controversial decision losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander, he said he'd learned "not to be as patient, to go out and pressure a little bit earlier." That definitely worked in June against Humberto Soto.
Ajose told Ranallo that he's not worried about his long layoff, or how difficult he found it to get the title shot he was supposedly guaranteed a year ago when he beat Ali Chebah on ShoBox: The New Generation.
"I think the only thing I have to do is leave the past in the past, and focus on the present. In the present, I have Lucas Matthysse. ... He's a terrific fighter. He's quite good," said Ajose. "The only thing I can expect is it's going to be a good fight."
"Obviously, I've not been as active as I would like> That's no excuse for me. I've always stayed in the gym, always sparring. I'm ready."
In the Showtime co-feature, middleweight prospect J'Leon Love (12-0, 7 KO) weighed in at 161 pounds, with opponent Ramon Valenzuela (7-1, 1 KO) at 159½.
Showtime Extreme will also have a pair of bouts starting at 7 p.m. EDT, two hours ahead of the Showtime main card broadcast. In the most notable of the undercard fights, Ishe Smith (23-5, 11 KO) weighed in at 154 pounds, and so did opponent Irving Garcia (17-7-3, 8 KO).
Also featured will be junior middleweight prospect Daquan Arnett (6-0, 4 KO) against Jesus Tavera (4-2, 1 KO). Arnett weighed 153 to Tavera's 155.