By Miguel Rivera
Lucas Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) dismissed the notion that he's feeling any kind of pressure, but he accepts that this coming January 27, when he goes up against unbeaten Thai Tewa Kiram at the Forum in Inglewood, California, could very well be his final opportunity to become a world champion.
He failed in his two previous opportunities to claim a world title.
In 2013, he lost a twelve round unanimous decision when he challenged Danny Garcia for the WBC, WBA junior welterweight titles. And in 2015, he was knocked out by Viktor Postol when they battled for the vacant WBC 140-pound belt.
Matthysse is treating this fight like it's the last title shot that he will ever receive - which is why the boxer is training so hard in Indio, California with new trainer Joel Diaz.
The vacant WBA "regular" welterweight title will be at stake.
"I know that this is my last chance, that's how I'm looking at it, and that's why I've put in a lot of effort and trained harder," said Matthysse to ESPN Deportes.
"We have studied the opponent well. We have already seen a couple of videos and we know that he is a good fighter, tall, who knows how to use his dimensions. I am sure that I won't end up like 'Chocolatito', I do not think he can surprise me. That's not going to happen because I know he's a dangerous fighter."
He says there is also no added pressure of returning with a world title to Argentina.
"There is no pressure. When they were winning (Sergio Martinez) 'Maravilla' and (Marcos) Maidana, we fought with the best but I had the bad luck of losing with Postol. I'm calm because of the preparation that I'm doing," Matthysse said.
"I was training for a while in Argentina and already in California we intensified things. We are about to close very strong, but we will be in a very good place for the fight."