Herrera Agrees To Terms, Waits on Contract For Lucas Matthysse

By Miguel Rivera

Argentine puncher Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34KOs) could be on the verge of finalizing his next opponent.

The boxer is scheduled to return on May 7th, as part of the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard to the Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Amir Khan showdown at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas.

Matthysse wants to return in a big way after suffering the first knockout loss of his career last October at the hands of Viktor Postol in their WBC 140-pound title fight. The upcoming fight will take place at the welterweight limit of 147-pounds.

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One of the leading candidates, former WBA interim-junior welterweight champion Mauricio Herrera (22-5, 7KOs) has reached an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions to face Matthysse.

Herrera is simply waiting on a contract to sign.

"We were talking last week and we reached an agreement. I just hope I get the contract to sign. I think [I'll get it] this week or maybe next. It is a very important fight on a very important platform. I would be very happy to get that," Herrera said to ESPN Deportes. "I know Matthysse will be a very tough opponent, but these kinds of opponents motivate me to give my best and that's when I show my best."

"The negotiations were not difficult for me. I've always liked to fight the best and Lucas is one of them, the fight would also be part of a great show like Canelo-Khan at a the new arena, so things are looking good. It's a tough fight. Early in my career I fought as high as 153 pounds, but then with a lot of discipline I went down. I'm confident that I'll be fine at 147 pounds. It will be a great fight."

They have two common opponents - Ruslan Provodnikov and Danny Garcia. Both have close decision wins over Provodnikov and both have decision losses to Garcia, but Herrera's defeat was very controversial.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tom Cruise on 02-26-2016

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;16496221]No. You must be confusing him with Mike Alvarado.[/QUOTE] Maybe. I thought I remembered someone saying it after the Benavides fight :dunno:

Comment by SplitSecond on 02-26-2016

Unless Matthysse is shot, he'll beat the absolute sht outta Herrera.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 02-26-2016

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;16494270]Cool fight but not sure what either guy has left. Isnt Herrera suffering from alcoholism or something? [/QUOTE] No. You must be confusing him with Mike Alvarado.

Comment by kiaba360 on 02-25-2016

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;16494394]True. Would like to see it happen either way. Dont see either guy being that much more past prime than the other[/QUOTE] Matts/Herrera is one of those LWW loose ends that can actually be tied up, unlike Bradley/Khan.

Comment by BaDaBingVIP2 on 02-25-2016

big ups to Herrera, always takes the tough fights, hasn't ducked a challenge. i thought he edged out Garcia in PR. i also thought he starting to take it to lundy. i had that a draw going in to that…

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