By Elisinio Castillo
Junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34KOs) is giving himself another year at junior welterweight, and plans to move up to the welterweight limit of 147-pounds by the start of next year.
Matthysse, ranked in the number one position under the WBO, hopes to capture a world title before he moves up. He has a tentative return date of February 28th.
Like many other boxers at welterweight, he hopes to get the opportunity to face WBC/WBA champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. 947-0, 26KOs).
"In 2016 I want to move up a division. This year I will continue at 140-pounds, but in the upcoming year I want to go up to 147-pounds and fight Floyd Mayweather, who is considered the best among all of the divisions. If we are in the same division, I'll do everything possible to face him. We are aspiring for that, to be able to fight against him or have any world title fight at 147-pounds. I hope that when I move up a division, I'll have the opportunity to fight Mayweather," Matthysse told Fox Deportes.
Last year, Matthysse's counterman, Marcos Maidana, face Mayweather twice. Mayweather won a twelve round decision in both meetings.
"Mayweather took a better advantage of what happened in their first fight, but Maidana was in there with the best in the world," Matthysse said.
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