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Lucas Matthysse vs. Tewa Kiram in Play For WBA 'Regular' Belt

By Miguel Rivera

The World Boxing Association has received a request, from Golden Boy Promotions' head matchmaker Robert Diaz, to order a showdown for the WBA "regular" welterweight title.

The reason being, current WBA champion Keith Thurman has been out of the ring since March with injury and won't return until the first quarter of the year - and plans to take an easier fight.

Diaz made the request on behalf of his fighter, Lucas Matthysse (38-4, 35 KO's), who is ranked third by the sanctioning body.

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The request was made to fight number one ranked Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28KOs) of Thailand. Kiram's promoter, Galaxy, is also on board with the request and want to make the fight with Matthysse for the "regular" belt.

The previous WBA "regular" titleholder was Lamont Peterson, who recently vacated the title to focus on a world title shot in January against IBF king Errol Spence.

Kiram has never fought outside of Thailand and a fight with Matthysse would be a serious step up in competition for him. Like most Thai fighters he is very active, with two fights in 2017, four in 2016 and four in 2015. But there are very few recognizable names on his entire record.

The winner would become the mandatory challenger to Thurman.

Ranked at number 2 by the WBA is Danny Garcia, who is also inactive since losing a decision to Thurman in March of this year. Garcia is still slated to return in the coming months, likely against former world champion Brandon Rios.

Matthysse has not fought since he made his welterweight debut and knocked out Emmanuel Taylor as part of the Canlelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard back in May at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It was his first fight since getting knocked out by Viktor Postol back in October in 2015 at StunHub Center in California. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 285Kid on 11-05-2017

[QUOTE=sicko;18176179]Why couldn't that belt be up for Spence Jr vs Peterson? These Belt Organizations are just so unorganized[/QUOTE] WBA regular can't be unifiy by rule only the WBA super... Lucas getting KO

Comment by Thetruthiserrol on 11-02-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;18179633]Agreed. 2017 wasnt a great year for boxing at all, it's just all the corrupt people involved in boxing found an opportunity to praise themselves and pretend like they're not running the sport into the ground, so they took…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 11-02-2017

[QUOTE=Thetruthiserrol;18176121]Sadly, you're too optimistic. Boxing isn't run like a sport, the contenders don't have to fight each other to get to a title shot anymore. For all this talk of boxing having a great year, we're still in a position…

Comment by slimPickings on 11-01-2017

Yours truly cannot keep up with all of the belts. It seems every time you blink The alphabet soups manufacture a new belt for a "title" fight. Time was when you could tell the champ in each division with out…

Comment by joesaiditstrue on 11-01-2017

I don't understand why Lucas takes so much time off between fights

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