Lucas Matthysse Makes Decision To Retire From Boxing

By Elisinio Castillo

Last month in Malaysia, Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs) took a beating while fighting a comebacking Manny Pacquiao.

Matthysse, 35-years-old, went down three times before the contest was finally waved off in the seventh round. The big puncher from Argentina was making the first defense of the WBA "regular" welterweight title that he captured back in January.

Prior to the contest, Matthysse had left hints that he would potentially retire in defeat. It was his second knockout defeat in his last four fights.

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On Wednesday night, Matthysse pulled the trigger and made a decision to walk away from the sport.

"Thanks to boxing for changing my life," Matthysse said, 

"I remember the Argentine national boxing team, where it was very hard but good. I remember in my life all of the kids that I met and the tremendous boxers who represented Argentina with good and bad results but it was a great experience in my life that I will always remember.

"I came to Trelew at 21 years old. Me and my family, we decided to go back to Junin where I spent 11 years of my career with the great trainer Cuty Barrera and today, at 35 years old, I am once again back in Trelew.

"I am proud that I maintained my career for 10 years at the world level, where I fought with the best in boxing and I fulfilled my dream of being a world champion.

"Thanks to all those who followed me in my career, for all of their love, because that is the most beautiful thing in this sport of boxing, which is a nice environment. Today, I decide to hang up the gloves because another stage in my life is coming. And many thanks to all of the people that I met thanks in boxing."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Randomum on 08-02-2018

I wonder if his eye was badly damaged before the Garcia fight. He never looked like he could take a shot since that fight. I wonder if hes been fighting with a detached retina this whole time. When he took…

Comment by tokon on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=LOCOMEX89;18987982]Lucas had a overall solid career and was the definition of a fan friendly fighter. He should have got the wins over Zab Judah and Devon Alexander but he lost to both in their backyards. He put on an absolute…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=bigjer88;18989306]Man...I hope you're right, but it's hard to say for sure. Someday he might need to fall back on his accounting background. He really should have thought about that before he tattooed his entire neck. And hands. And fingers. And…

Comment by strykr619 on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=frantic fighter;18987701]Maidana likely made a lot more off the back end this was just his guaranteed money.[/QUOTE] Source please, I'm curious what deals he made.

Comment by bigjer88 on 08-02-2018

[QUOTE=JakeTheBoxer;18989168]He won`t need that.[/QUOTE] Man...I hope you're right, but it's hard to say for sure. Someday he might need to fall back on his accounting background. He really should have thought about that before he tattooed his entire neck. And…

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