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Matthysse Admits: I View This as My Final Chance at a Title

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.

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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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing lives on 01-12-2018

[QUOTE=RememberTUA?;18400910]I like Lucas, but he may of had his best days, hopefully not.[/QUOTE] His best days are in the past but he can still use his experience and still has real pop. He's not done yet. He is one of…

Comment by Taxman2000 on 01-12-2018

Lucas has rejuvenated his career with his new trainer not 2 mention he hits harder than anyone

Comment by alexguiness on 01-12-2018

Lucas's is soooo 2013

Comment by steeve steel on 01-12-2018

It's never a good sigh when a fighter talks "last chance"...

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 01-12-2018

i don't mind the regular belt, maybe because i'm biassed, big lucas fan, but also because thurman fights like once a year now. it's not like those division where the wba had 3 active fighters with belts. also i think…

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