Lucas Matthysse is reportedly back in training camp preparing for his debut in a pretty stacked welterweight division. It's believed that Matthysse is likely to get a co-feature on the May 7th HBO PPV card headlined by Canelo-Khan. At this point Matthysse doesn't yet have a dance partner, but Golden Boy vice president Eric Gomez says he's working on securing a quality contender.
"Lucas started training on Jan. 1. He's coming back at 147 [pounds]. He's motivated and hungry after his loss. It made him hungrier," Gomez said.
Matthysse is of course coming off a 10th round stoppage at the hands of Viktor Postol following a win over Ruslan Provodnikov in a 2015 Fight of the Year candidate. If Matthysse is successful in this next outing, he could be set up for a fight with Sadam Ali, according to Gomez, assuming Ali beats Jessie Vargas for the now-vacant WBO title.
"Matthysse has always been a guy who would fight anybody," Gomez said. "He could fight Sadam Ali if he beats Vargas, any of the top guys. Maybe Tim Bradley, maybe a rematch with Provodnikov. Maybe Manny Pacquiao would be interested in fighting him. That would be a great fight."
How many of you believe that Matthysse, who was a devastating puncher at 140lbs, will be able to remain the same kind of puncher at 147lbs? Do you believe that his loss to Viktor Postol marked the beginning of a downward slide, or will be reinvigorated as a welterweight?