It's official, Argentine puncher Lucas Matthysse will be taking on Ukrainian technician Viktor Postol in a juxtaposition of styles to determine the next WBC junior welterweight champion. The title was recently vacated by Danny Garcia after the WBC essentially informed Garcia that he would be stripped of the title should he not vacate -- but only after Garcia made it abundantly clear that he had no intention of ever fighting his mandatory challenger in Postol. Matthysse-Postol is scheduled for October 3rd at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
"It's a really interesting fight, style-wise," said Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti, who negotiated the deal with Golden Boy's Eric Gomez. "You have a long, tall, strong fighter in Postol, who would give any 140-pounder problems. And Matthysse is clearly one of the top 140-pounders in the world. Just because Postol isn't well known doesn't mean he isn't one of the top 140-pounders as well."
This fight really is an interesting style clash, I can't emphasize that enough. Sure, we're all familiar with the classic puncher vs. boxer thing, but Matthysse is going to have to show some real boxing prowess himself if he's going to be able to negate the 5-inch height advantage for his opponent who likes to use his size and range to control his opponents. Does Lucas have the acumen to do that against a really good technician? I guess we'll find out soon enough.
As for the show itself, Oscar De La Hoya fully expects the fight to headline a HBO doubleheader, which he is still in the process of finalizing. The co-feature will be another junior welterweight bout between Antonio Orozco and Humberto Soto.
So who ya got in this one, Matthysse or Postol?