By Ben Jacobs
Lucas Matthysse has been looking for a rematch with Danny García ever since his points decision loss to the Philadelphian last September, that however looks unlikely to happen anytime in the near future.
As BoxingScene reported earlier, more than one name is being discussed for the Argentine with Michael ‘The Artist’ Pérez in the frame . Nevertheless, another opponent could possibly be the current WBC Silver champion, Roberto ‘Massa’ Ortíz.
A source with knowledge of the negotiations confirms that Ortiz and Perez are both in the running for Matthysse's next outing on September 6th.
Ortiz has built up an impressive record (31-0-1, 24 KOs), is currently ranked at number four by the WBC and revealed to BoxingScene that his camp are in discussions for him to face Matthysse.
“I feel ready now,” proclaimed the Golden Boy promoted fighter.
“I’ve been the silver champion for three years, I’ve made nine defences so I think I’m ready for these big fights.
“Regarding the rumours that I may fight Matthysse, I can say my manager has told me that there is a possibility that I’ll fight him. I’d say it’s a 90% chance. They’ve possibly accepted the fight, but there are some other details to work out.”
There have also been rumours that Danny García may be stripped of the WBC belt due to the choice of Rod Salka as his next opponent. Ortíz revealed that if he does fight Matthysse then that title may be on the line.
“If I fight Lucas and it’s for the world title, it would be an incredible thing for me, a big plus.
“I thought Mauricio Herrera beat Garcia, although it was a very close fight. From the first round he showed a good jab and competed well in every round. I also wanted to fight him [García] but it seems he may go up in weight soon.”
The 28-year-old from Torreón saw Matthysse’s war against John Molina Jr and feels that Lucas is not quite the same fighter as he was prior to the García loss.
“I think he can be beaten,” he opined.
“He’s a strong fighter, of course, he’s fought the best in the division but he doesn’t seem to have the confidence that he had in previous fights. You have to be ready mentally as well as physically and we’ve also seen that he goes down. Molina dropped him twice, but he did get up and go forward. If I do fight him, we’ll come up with a good strategy.
“Whoever drops their guard first may end up getting knocked out. If the fight happens, my intention is to be ready for 12 rounds.
“I’ve been training for three weeks because I was due to fight at the end of August anyway. If I don’t fight Matthysse then I’ll fight on August 30 and soon I’ll have the chance to fight the best.”