Lucas Matthysse is Ready For Taylor: There Will Be a Knockout!

By Miguel Rivera

Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) is ready to return in style. He believes his next fight will end with a big knockout.

Matthysse is finally returning to the ring on May 6 in Las Vegas, when he faces against Emanuel Taylor at the T-Mobile Arena. The fight will mark Matthysse's debut in the welterweight division.

Matthysse vs. Taylor will be part of the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard to the all-Mexican battle between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.


Taylor has never been stopped. He's lost four times, with decisions to Adrien Broner, Prenice Brewer, Chris Algieri and Antonio Oroczo. He was competitive in all four defeats and his last two ring appearances were knockout wins. 

Matthysse has not been in the ring since getting knocked out in ten rounds by Ukrainian Viktor Postol in October 2015 in California, when the two boxers battled for the vacant super lightweight crown of the World Boxing Council.

His absence from the ring was due in part to an injury that he suffered to his eye during the loss to Postol. He was initially scheduled to return last May in Las Vegas as part of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan undercard, but he stepped away from that position after feeling that his eye needed more time to heal.

"There will be a knockout, absolutely, as always. Nobody has been able to knock him out, but there is always a first time," said Matthysse.

After the loss to Postol, Matthysse felt that some changes were necessary - to his weight and to his corner. He decided on hiring veteran trainer Joel Diaz, who is best known for guiding Timothy Bradley to two worlds titles. Diaz, who has a strong stable of fighters, has trained numerous other champions, top fighters and prospects.

Matthysse joined Diaz in camp on Wednesday in California.

"This morning he did physical work and he looked very good, this afternoon we will be working for the first time in the gym but from what I saw we will do well. He came here in good condition and hopefully we will [get things going together real] soon so I can see his work and he can see mine," Diaz said to ESPN Deportes.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by _Maxi on 04-14-2017

Lucas words: [QUOTE]Primero tengo que pasar a Emmanuel Taylor el 6 de Mayo y después ojalá Danny Garcia me de la revancha. Quiero llegar a pelear por algún Titulo Mundial, contra Thurman o quien sea. Se que me tengo que…

Comment by _Maxi on 04-14-2017

[QUOTE=Redd Foxx;17590175]I think he wants a couple more good paychecks to secure his future and I hope it works out for him. Just seems like a dangerous idea to jump weight classes, after a long layoff, at 34.[/QUOTE] I think…

Comment by yngwie on 04-14-2017

[QUOTE=GMAN SUPREME;17591314]that's weird considering maidana beat matthysse three out of the four times they fought (the fourth fight was a draw) when they were amateurs. too bad they never fought when they were pros that would have been sick.[/QUOTE] I…

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 04-14-2017

[QUOTE=yngwie;17590160]Matthyse is probably the hardest p4p puncher in boxing, [B]he was considered more talented than Maidana when they started[/B], but Maidana was smart and knew when he needed a change in his corner, he's probably tougher too.[/QUOTE]that's weird considering maidana…

Comment by steeve steel on 04-14-2017

I like Matthysse, but Taylor is no wimp and he can box. He might be the sand in the gears that stops the machine...once again.

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