By Miguel Rivera
According to three-time world champion Humberto "Zorrita" Soto (57-7-2, 34KOs), and his manager Antonio Lozada of Baja Boxing, everything has been agreed upon to face fearsome junior welterweight puncher Lucas Martin Matthysse (29-2, 27 KOs) of Argentina on May 19th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. BoxingScene.com had reported on Thursday that a deal was nearly complete. The attractive co-feature will open up the HBO telecast, which features a junior welterweight rematch between Lamont Peterson and Amir Kahn.
Soto and Lozada received confirmation of the deal from Eric Gomez, matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions.
"We are delighted by this news, the fight is confirmed. Earlier today we spoke with Eric Gomez and he gave us the news. Right now we are trying to figure out if a title will be at stake. We are happy to have Humberto Soto become part of such an important event. It's what we were expecting," Lozada said.
"It's obviously a big fight and the opponent is tough. Matthysse is a puncher who is ranked in three organizations and Humberto is a classy boxer with a lot of resources. It will be a spectacular fight and we will win, but we have to design a good strategy and prepare a plan in which we have no margin for error."
For his part, Soto can't wait to fight Matthysse.
"It's one of the fighters that people was asking me [to fight] and here it is. The Argentine is a fighter with name, who punches and has a great heart, but I have no doubt that we will win the fight and that people in the arena of Las Vegas will leave very happy that night. I'm coming with a lot of confidence and the vision of having a performance that everyone will remember and place the name of Mexico in a very high position ... it will be my night," said Soto, who is ranked at number two by the WBC.