By Ben Jacobs
Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) is just a few days away from his WBC junior welterweight title clash with Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs). Following one of his last training sessions before flying out to the United States, Matthysse offered BoxingScene.com some thoughts looking back on his last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov as well as a look ahead to his countryman Diego Cháves' challenge against Kell Brook.
"I feel like now is the time for me to have my world title shot again," Lucas affirmed.
"I 've been fighting with the best fighters in the division and I deserve my chance for the title.
"After the fight with Provodnikov I was able to watch it back on video, all relaxed in my home. I realised that I beat a very strong guy and it's given me more experience and strength. That makes me very happy."
Provodnikov is noted for his relentlessness as well as his punching power. How did that power compare in the ring for Lucas to what he had heard prior to the bout?
"I didn't feel his punches so much, except in the last round but what he really has is that he's very strong physically, he doesn't get tired and he keeps coming when you punch him. Beating a guy like that was very satisfying, I beat a very powerful man."
Matthysse's fellow Argentine, Diego Cháves travels to England to fight current IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook on October 24. Lucas sent Cháves good wishes in what will be Brook's third defence of his title.
"It's going to be a good fight, Cháves has done well recently in fights. I hope everything goes well for him and he boxes well."
'La Máquina' is aware of the problems some Argentine fighters have had competing abroad. Cháves himself was disqualified in his bout with Brandon Ríos, a fight many people felt he was winning. He also fought to a draw with Timothy Bradley last time out.
"It can be a problem, I was robbed in two fights in the United States so when you are the away fighter you have to be aware of that."