LOS ANGELES (October 3) – Fight fans were out in full force for a day of exciting fights at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion presented an exciting lineup in front of a packed house of 7,025 fight fans. Live on HBO Boxing After Dark, the crowd was served up a slate of fights representing the different corners of the world.
The main event of the evening was a hard-fought face off between Chubut, Argentina’s Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) and undefeated number one contender Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Championship. Prior to the bout, the Argentinians in the crowd erupted in a spirited chant of “Olé Olé Olé”, creating a festive vibe in the arena for this highly anticipated showdown. The fight got off to an exciting start with Matthysse mounting an aggressive offense, but Postol effectively used his height and reach to strategically render Matthysse’s attempts at an assault ineffective. Matthysse then changed tactics and came back in later rounds using long crosses and jabs to maintain enough distance to lodge an effective attack. By the end of round six, Matthysse hit his stride, tripping Postol up with a powerful right hook. However, Postol rebounded from Matthysse’s assault by lodging an effective combo series to end the round. With just seconds left in round ten, Matthysse was hit by Postol’s left uppercut cross that sent him to the ground, effectively ending the match-up. Postol successfully defended his undefeated record and won the match in a knockout.
“The punch felt natural to me because we practice it over and over at Wild Card,” said Viktor Postol. “I started boxing when I was 12 years old in a gym outside of Kiev. My ultimate goal was to win a world championship even when I was a little boy. I made a decision to come to America, which is the mecca of boxing. This is my third fight with Freddie Roach. I am the world champion because of Freddie and my other trainers at Wild Card. They taught me and they gave me strategy. During this fight, they told me what to do. I followed Freddie’s instructions and I threw that last combination to win the fight”
“Before the last round, I told the corner he was dead tired and ready to go out,” said Hall of Fame trainer and multiple trainer of the year Freddie Roach. “And, I told that to Postol.”
“Postol will be a force in the 140 and 147 positions,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. “He is difficult to fight against, Top Rank will have a lot of big fights scheduled for him.”
“I felt comfortable with the pace of the fight,” said Lucas Matthysse. “I also feel that I had dominated a few rounds and we were even in the cards. But, he got me with that right cross and hit my left eye. I felt there was damage to my eye and I also didn’t feel my body. The pain was instant and I knew I had to stop because I wasn’t sure what my eye looked like. But, fortunately nothing happened. My team tells me that it looks good. But, Postol is not the best yet.
“At the seventh round, I felt it was 7-2 in Lucas’ favor,” said Mario Arano. “But, after the seventh round, I could see Lucas getting tired, which surprised me because we had one of the best training camps in his career. Unfortunately in boxing, sometimes you have a good night and sometimes a bad one. Tonight was an example of a bad night. This is not the end for