icon Updated at 03:44 AM EDT, Wed Jul 11, 2018

Golden Boy Prez: Matthysse Would Love To Face Keith Thurman

Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez, who promotes Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs), says his fighter is very eager to get a crack at Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs).

Matthysse holds the WBA "regular" welterweight title - while Thurman holds the WBA's "super" title at 147-pounds.

Sooner or later, the World Boxing Association will order their two welterweight champions to fight each other in order to establish a single beltholder in the division.

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Thurman has been out of the ring since March 2017 - when he won a twelve round decision over Danny Garcia to unify the WBA, WBC world titles.

Because of his injuries and inactivity, Thurman vacated the WBC title earlier this year.

And then because of his inactivity, the WBA reactivated their "regular" title, which Matthysse won back in January.

Matthysse is back in action on Saturday night in Malaysia, in the biggest fight of his career, when he defends his belt against eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

A win over Pacquiao would certainly place Matthysse in position for much bigger fights.

“He wants to fight the top guys, he would like to fight any of the champions. He’d love to fight a Keith Thurman. He wants to fight the best. He wants to be the best but we’ll see. We’re going to take it one fight at a time,” Gomez said to Boxing News.

However, Gomez does admit that a loss on Saturday would send Matthysse, 35-years-old, to the brink of calling it a day on his pro career.

“This is his moment. This is what he’s waited for for years now and that’s all we’re concentrating on right now, is Manny Pacquiao. He’s got to beat Manny Pacquiao. If he loses to Manny, he’s going to have a really tough time whether he can continue. It really depends on this fight. This is everything for him,” Gomez said.