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 Last update:  8/25/2014       Read more by Ben Jacobs            &
Ortiz: Since Garcia, Matthysse's Level Dropped Slightly
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By Ben Jacobs

Last month Mexicos Roberto Massa Ortz revealed to BoxingScene that he was in line to fight Lucas Matthysse on September 6. A couple of weeks later the fight was officially announced by Golden Boy Promotions. Ortz has been the WBC silver champion at 140lbs since June 2011 and is now looking to push on in the sport starting with a battle against the power punching Argentine. The articulate Torren native took some time to speak once again to BoxingScene about the upcoming encounter in Cincinnati. Have you changed anything in your training for what is the biggest fight of your career?

Weve been practicing a lot in the centre of the ring, a lot of counter punching, lateral movements and quick combinations, but all the time pressuring in the middle of the ring. I know that Lucas will come out and put the pressure on so I also need to pressure him and fight in the middle of the ring. I cant give him an advantage by going to the ropes, because then hell take the imitative. I cant let him think. Do you think people are underestimating you?

People dont know me and Ive never fought in the United States. Im not a well known boxer there but I feel relaxed about it. Hes got all the pressure; hes the big name fighter. Its going to be a big surprise for them. Have you studied Lucas Matthysse more since the fight was announced?

We know who he is; weve been studying him for a while because we thought that a fight would possibly be made with him. Hes one of the strongest in the division and as I always have said, if I want to be a world champion, I have to fight the best so this is a big opportunity for me. Were you surprised that he had problems against John Molina?

When I saw that fight, I realised hes not an unbeatable fighter, he can be beaten if you fight intelligently. Hes been knocked down, Molina showed that. I dont know if it was down to inactivity but I feel since the Danny Garca fight his level has dropped slightly. But you can never underestimate any opponent; I know what hes done in the sport. Hes a great boxer with a lot of experience. So Ill go in there focused, looking for victory. He has fought the best and been in wars, perhaps his body is feeling the effects of those wars and he has some defects in his defence. When he throws he leaves himself open. Hes a bit smaller than me so well be looking to maintain a distance and not let him get inside, also to move from side to side and counter punch him. This is what weve been working on in this training camp. Has there been a lot of media attention on you since the fight was announced?

Theyve called me twice from Argentina and Showtime interviewed me about my life, when I started in boxing etc. Here in my city the media have been contacting me because its a big fight and a big opportunity for me. Were looking to win this and then look for a world title fight and be known in the wider boxing world. Are you pleased that this fight is taking place in neutral territory?

I havent really thought about it, I know its important to fight in the US, Ive never done it so its like my debut and Im excited and motivated for it. Im happy that my promoter has given me this chance. Is the fight scheduled for ten rounds?

Im not sure still if it will be ten or twelve rounds. If its ten rounds it changes things a little. Well come out straight away and pressure that little bit more. Im preparing very hard, all the rounds Ive done in training have been explosive to try and simulate what will happen on September 6, because we know Matthysse will come out explosive and try to dominate the rounds. It will be an exciting fight. We both have big knockout ratios so a knockout could happen at any time. But were going in with the mentality that anything can happen so I have to be ready physically as well as mentally. This is my ticket to the big leagues, we want to make history in this sport and I want to show that Im not just an average fighter. I want to show that Ive worked hard to get here and I want to go far and be a world champion. Matthysse has said that he wanted to fight Danny Garca again, do you think he may not be concentrating 100% on you?

I dont know, Ive heard that hes training hard for me, but we know that he might think that Im just a guy from Mexico who hasnt fought outside his country, so maybe we have an advantage there, that hes not totally focused on me. I have nothing to lose, he has all the pressure and any mistake he makes well try to take advantage of.

Tags: Lucas Matthysse , Roberto Ortiz , Matthysse-Ortiz , Matthysse vs. Ortiz

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comment by mathed, on 08-26-2014
[QUOTE=brickcityboxing]You forget that Danny went on to drop Mathysse a little later in THE SAME ROUND ! Doesn't seem like holding on for dear life to me lol... He took the shot regained control of the action and dropped him like the sack of **** he is..[/QUOTE] smh.....he tried to take adva...

comment by mathed, on 08-26-2014
The Machine needs to be fed and Ortiz is the entree.

comment by brickcityboxing, on 08-25-2014
[QUOTE=Dean_Razorback]well, i support lucas (i thought that was pretty obvious, nothing wrong in rooting for a fighter), that's why i'm posting here, you don't support him (easy to tell) yet invest more time than me in his threads. wonder why[/QUOTE] I comment on a lot of threads ... You only not...

comment by Dean_Razorback, on 08-25-2014
[QUOTE=brickcityboxing]Says the guy who is claiming "the Mathysse team" ... some team you got going. What's your mantra ? Keep the games close, just make sure not to win and whine about how unfair the game was ? Lol[/QUOTE] well, i support lucas (i thought that was pretty obvious, nothing wr...

comment by Kagami Taiga, on 08-25-2014
[QUOTE=HanzGruber]Lucas tards holding on for dear life :rofl: all of his losses were robberies. Never been knockdown fairly. Haymon feeding him to the wolves lmao[/QUOTE] hahahahaha so much truth to this statement,

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