We already know that Lucas Matthysse is going to return and move up to welterweight on May 7, in the Canelo-Khan co-feature on HBO pay-per-view from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But now it appears as though he's got an opponent.
ESPN.com reports that Mauricio Herrera is "likely" to be across the ring from Matthysse that night, an interesting gamble from Golden Boy Promotions.
Matthysse (37-4, 34 KO) is coming off of a 10th round knockout loss to Viktor Postol in October, a fight where Matthysse was systematically broken down and eventually just gave up on the night. Now the 33-year-old Argentine slugger hopes to move up in weight into a heavily crowded division and make a mark, but Herrera (22-5, 7 KO) could dash those hopes pretty quickly.
The good news for Matthysse is that boxing judges seem to hate Mauricio Herrera's style, so even if Matthysse struggles there seems a decent chance that with his name value and more eye-catching punches, he'd get a disputed decision win. But Herrera, 35 and also moving up from junior welterweight (if this happens), is certainly capable of beating Matthysse. He may be just 2-2 in his last four fights, but his losses to Danny Garcia and Jose Benavidez Jr were highly questionable decisions, and we don't know how Matthysse's mind set will be, either.
Postol used his reach advantage and a clinch game to frustrate Matthysse and get him into bad positioning. Herrera won't have that going for him, but he's known to be an incredibly frustrating fighter, a crafty righty who isn't easy to hit clean and makes opponents work for every scrap.
Who do you like in this fight, should it happen?