After a long absence from the ring following a beatdown loss to Viktor Postol in October 2015, Lucas Matthysse is set to finally make his return, as he’ll be featured on the big Canelo-Chavez card on HBO pay-per-view, coming May 6 from Las Vegas.
Matthysse, 34, doesn’t have an opponent set, but Eric Gomez tells ESPN.com that he’ll be part of the card, and that he’s fully healed up and ready to return to action:
"His eye needed to get better. He had the fracture, but he's been cleared. He's looking good, he's feeling good and he's been training. He's anxious to fight again. ... He's had the break he needed and now he's excited to come back. He wants to go after a world title at welterweight and fight some of the big names. It's a strong division. He wants to win a world title and this is the start."
Matthysse (37-4, 34 KO) will, as Gomez says, return as a welterweight after operating as a junior welterweight for the rest of his career, a move that could be tough considering he already has problems with longer, taller fighters, and was a sort of squat junior welterweight in the first place.
That said, the addition of a power-punching action fighter to an already stacked division is certainly welcome, and it also adds some beef to the non-PBC portion of said division, which is weak enough that Jeff Horn has been credibly rumored as an opponent for Manny Pacquiao.
How do you think Matthysse will do at the new weight, especially considering he’s advancing in age as is?