Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs), the current WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International Welterweight Champion of Chubut, Argentina held a press conference today at Malbec Argentinean Cuisine in Santa Monica ahead of his fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship against undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) in a 12-round battle at the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, Calif. In the second main event, Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs), who was also in attendance, will challenge Venezuela's Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) in a 12-round championship bout for Linares' WBA, WBC Diamond, and Ring Magazine lightweight titles. The event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Photos by Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos.
ROBERTO DIAZ, Head Matchmaker of Golden Boy Promotions:
"On January 27, Argentine knockout artist "La Maquina" Matthysse will battle Thai superstar Tewa Kiram in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship at the "Fabulous" Forum.That night, Golden Boy Promotions will have a double main event at the Forum, with Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares battling the once-defeated Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta in a 12-round fight for Linares' WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships."
"Lucas Matthysse is a power puncher who is one of the best 140-pounders of this era and has defeated some of the very best of that division. Mathysse recently entered welterweight division when he stopped Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor, and he is ready to fight the very best at welterweight."
"Gesta has not tasted defeat in six fights, beating quality opponents including Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez and former contender Martin "El Brochas" Honorio. He is hungry for this fight and for this chance to be world champion."
EVELYN CARRION, Vice President of Special Events for the "Fabulous" Forum:
"We've hosted the best of boxing and more than 400 important fights since it opened in 1967, including fights with Muhammed Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Ken Norton and Shane Mosley. We've also hosted many more recent fighters as well. Today we are honored to welcome back Jorge Linares and Mercito Gesta, and we are thrilled to add Lucas Matthysse and Tewa Kiram to the great list of champs who have fought at our historic venue. All of us at the Forum are happy to welcome our friends at Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Boxing.
Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions.The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING." The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.