Advertisement
Advertisement

Soto-Matthysse: A War Expected By Fans And Fighters

By Jake Donovan

You have to give credit to Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for knowing their role.

The two are slated to square off in a super lightweight bout that is highly anticipated on the sport’s cult level. Their 12-round title eliminator serves as the co-feature to a SHOWTIME-televised card topped by a welterweight battle between Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez.

Neither Soto nor Matthysse pretend that their bout is expected to be a tactical chess match. Many expect the fight to steal the show – and thankfully, so do the combatants.

“Matthysse is a good fighter,” Soto (58-7-2, 34KO) acknowledges of this weekend’s bout. “He’s going to stay in there and he is a smart fighter. We are going to go toe-to-toe.”

Soto’s opponent is in agreement at least on the toe-to-toe part.

“Humberto is coming to fight,” Matthysse (30-2, 28KO) believes. “He wants a war and that makes me happy because we’re coming to give him a war.”

Both fighters are predicting knockout, a bold proclamation considering that between them there exists just one stoppage loss in 100 combined fights. That moment came when Soto was just 20 years old, poorly managed and thrown in the ring with any given opponent on any given night.

Well over a decade later, Soto is a seasoned veteran looking to make up for lost time. The 32-year old never managed to fully capitalize on the win that put him on the boxing map, when he upset then-unbeaten Rocky Juarez back in 2005. He has remained steady and active in the ring, but seemingly on the outside looking in when it came time for the biggest fights to be made.

Now calling his own shots (for the most part), Soto gladly accepted the challenge offered by Matthysse. There are far less dangerous ways to make a buck and earn a living.

The same could be said of Matthysse, whose only two losses have come on the road and via disputed decisions. Still, they trump his biggest wins, none of which are of the notable variety.

A victory over Soto would change that, a fact not lost on the former three-division titlist.

“There is no doubt Lucas is a strong opponent and a strong fighter,” Soto admits. “He comes forward and always looks for a fight.  The difference in this fight is the experience.  I have a lot of experience, and that’s what’s going to lead me to victory.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by any craic lad? on 06-19-2012

I think Lucas can stop Soto late he is a brutal body puncher,is technically pretty decent and is very tough although i would not be suprised if Soto tooka decision leaving all his power at 130 Soto can box pretty…

Comment by $BloodyNate$ on 06-19-2012

Humberto Soto besides one or 2 fights is extremely hard,to watch. Most of pacmans old fights leave a bad taste from Humberto Soto undercards. Lucas is that mean motherf$cker who nobody thinks about because hes been robbed. Dude whooped judah…

Comment by apocalypto on 06-19-2012

[QUOTE=Scott9945;12259138]Lucas will dominate this fight. Soto is on the downside of his career and the brutal punching Matthysse is naturally bigger.[/QUOTE] I dont think a guy like matthyse will dominate classy boxer like soto. Lucas might win but will go…

Comment by DefThatGuy on 06-19-2012

Gutted im gonna miss going to this card.

Comment by Scott9945 on 06-19-2012

Lucas will dominate this fight. Soto is on the downside of his career and the brutal punching Matthysse is naturally bigger.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (13)
Top Headlines DeGale: I Told Badou Jack 'You're Next, Green Belt is Coming To UK' Bellew vs. Makabu Title Clash Officially Unveiled Weights From London: Fury 231, Kassi 233 Carl Frampton Relinquishes IBF 122-Pound Crown Kovalev's Promoter Details How Chilemba/Russia Deal Came About Andre Dirrell 'Definitely' Would Go To England For DeGale Rematch Porter: Thurman Doesn't Work on The Inside, Smarter Fighter Wins Gaiyanghadaogym, Sithsamerchai Claim Wins In Thailand Frampton: Leo Santa Cruz's Style is Made For Me, 100% I'll Win Jeff Horn Targets WBO Title Showdown With Jessie Vargas Photos: Joshua, Haye, Groves, McGuigan Hit BT Sport Awards Golovkin's Promoter: If Kell Brook is Serious, We Can Discuss It Nacho Says 'Perfect Fight' Will Still See Khan Get Blasted By Canelo Video: Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto Final Press Conference Patrick Nielsen-Denis Douglin Set For May 28 in Denmark De La Hoya: Canelo Has Surpassed What I Accomplished at His Age Video: Roman Martinez on Overcoming Lomachenko Defense Stevenson Motivated To Reach Childhood Dream of Olympic Gold Tyson Fury: I Wish I Had Anthony Joshua's C**k, I Bet It's Big Manny Pacquiao Shocked at Kidnap Plot, Requests Added Security Video: DeGale on Facing Lucian Bute if He Shocks Badou Jack Jessie Vargas is Ready and Willing To Unify With Kell Brook Video: Badou Jack Talks Lucian Bute, DeGale vs. Medina, More Martinez's Promoter Details Situation With WBO Title, Berchelt Video: Felix Verdejo Talks New York City Return, Critics, More Video: Lucian Bute Confident That He's Downing Badou Jack Valdez Title Fight Under Consideration For Crawford-Postol PPV Video: James DeGale Putting in Work as Medina Fight Nears Video: Jack, DeGale Size Each Other Up - A Sign of Things To Come? Photos: Lomachencko, Martinez Face To Face in New York City Photos: Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto Face To Face at Final Presser Arif Magomedov-Andrew Hernandez, 5/21 on CBS Sports Network Francisco Vargas Positive For Clenbuterol, Salido Fight Still On Video: Roman Martinez vs. Vasyl Lomachenko NYC Presser Photos/Weights: Andre Dirrell-Caparello, Anthony Dirrell-Truax Photos: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Final Press Conference Video: Roman Martinez, Vasyl Lomachenko Go Face To Face Video: Vasyl Lomachenko Pumped For Martinez Title Showdown Tyson Fury: Call Me Fat, Ugly, Bald - But Don't Call Me Klitschko De La Hoya: I Won't Over-Martinate Canelo-Golovkin, It Will Happen
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement