By Ben Jacobs
Lucas Matthysse returns to action on September 6 against hard-punching Mexican, Roberto Ortíz in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Argentine last fought in April against John Molina in a thrilling bout in which he emerged victorious via stoppage in round 11. After the bout Matthysse returned to his homeland where he was able to have a good rest with his family before resuming training for his upcoming encounter. BoxingScene was able to talk briefly with Lucas via telephone following a training session during which he revealed that he will be sparring Luis Carlos Abregú as preparations wind down before he travels to the United States.
BoxingScene.com: How much do you know about Roberto Ortíz?
We’ve some seen some videos of him on the internet. You can see that he’s a boxer who punches hard but so do I and I’m preparing well for this new fight. Every fight is a challenge, he hasn’t fought much away from home, I have more experience than him and I’m giving 100% in training to arrive in good shape.
BoxingScene.com: Did you want a bigger fight than this? Possibly a rematch against Danny García?
I respect all my opponents but I think I deserved to have a different rival or be on a bigger show. I’ve just had some hard fights, I lost to Danny García but I think I deserve a big fight. I just train and fight whoever they put in front of me, but yes, I would like a slightly bigger challenge to see where I am at.
BoxingScene.com: What are your thoughts on John Molina looking back at that fight?
He was a very tough rival, we knew we’d have a tough fight, he was strong. I had to come back after the loss to García and I did well. It was important to win to keep having big fights in America. It was a good fight.
I think I was winning, he caught me and I went down but apart from the knockdowns I was doing well. I knew I had to comeback quick because even though I was winning the rounds, the fact that I suffered two knockdowns would make things difficult on the scorecards.
BoxingScene.com: Was he the hardest puncher you have ever faced?
The boxer who hit me the hardest in my career was Humberto Soto, he was the only one whose punches I really felt. Molina caught me and I went down but I didn’t feel his punches too much. Soto punched very hard though.
BoxingScene.com: How do you view the current progress of Danny García?
He just fought with a fighter who is a fourth or fifth level type boxer. He should give [Mauricio] Herrera or me a rematch but it seems like he will now fight Lamont Peterson, so I don’t know what will happen next. He doesn’t seem to want a rematch with me.
I want an important fight, I think I deserve it, maybe a rematch with Peterson if he wins, but we’ll see.