By Rick Reeno
Staples Center, Los Angeles - Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29KOs) went to war with Humberto Soto (59-8-2, 35KOs) and took him out in five rounds to capture the vacant WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title
The fight began a little more technical than expected, but it was Soto who turned up the heat in the final minute. The bombs were flying by both fighters in the second. They continued to trade punches in the third. Soto at this point was getting rocked back by the harder shots of Matthysse. In the final minute, Soto got in his shots and opened up a small cut near the corner of Matthysse's right eye.
Matthysse was landing the better punches in the fourth, although Soto was holding his own and answering back every time. At the end of the fifth, Matthysse landed a combination of punches, with huge right hands, that had Soto reeling back and put him down. He was barely able to make it up and walk back to his corner. Soto's corner stopped the fight before the start of the sixth.