By Elisinio Castillo
Junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34KOs) is looking to resume his career in the best way possible, by learning new tricks and making adjustments to his style.
Matthysse has told his manager, Mariano Arano, that he would like to travel to the United States to trainer with Edison and Chepo Reynoso - the training team behind WBC middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
An April date is being targeted for Matthysse, who in his last fight suffered the first knockout defeat of his career. Matthysse was stopped in ten rounds by underdog Viktor Postol last October at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Prior to that, in April, he fought a war to win a close twelve round majority decision over Ruslan Provodnikov.
Matthysse is hoping that Canelo's team will approve his request, because he's motivated to switch things up for his upcoming fight. His weight division has not been determined. In recent interviews on BoxingScene,com, both Matthysse and Arano discussed the likelihood of moving up to the welterweight limit of 147-pounds.
Matthysse is not going to part ways with his head trainer Cuty Barrera. The two of them are still working together and there is no plan to change that relationship.
"The truth is, I raised that [idea of training with Team Canelo] to Mariano Arano I believe that I am not coming to the end of my career. I want to keep on learning things, to keep excelling, to have new challenges, new goals," Matthysse told Diario Jornada.
"And I told him that for this fight I'd like to train with Canelo Alvarez's team. And Arano saw it as [something] good. He told me it can be done and I'm waiting for an answer. At the moment I'm training here [in Argentina]."
"I don't like going to the United States, but I want to keep learning. I believe that I have stagnated [in my career] and I want to get out of that mode. I want to continue to learn."