Lucas Matthysse, the hard-punching Argentine junior welterweight contender, has now added Al Haymon to his team, or Haymon has added him, or whatever. Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy confirmed the move.
Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO) will face Lamont Peterson on May 18 in Atlantic City, in a Showtime main event. The winner of that fight is expected to face WBC and WBA titlist Danny Garcia, likely on September 7, also on Showtime.
Haymon, of course, is considered by many the most powerful man in boxing today, though that may have taken a bit of a hit -- as everything did, in a way -- when HBO decided to no longer do business with Golden Boy or Haymon. Haymon also advises Floyd Mayweather, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Peter Quillin, Austin Trout, Andre Berto, and many other top fighters.
For Matthysse, it's a no-brainer move that gives him a guy who an deliver big fights, or protect fighters, one or the other. For Haymon, it's a no-brainer, because he comes out of this "mini-tournament" with the new No. 1 guy at 140, unless Lamont Peterson wins it, which is not any huge stretch or anything, but playing the odds, Al has two of the three guys in it, and that's pretty good.