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Photos: Matthysse Wakes Up The Crowd With Knockout of Kiram

In his third opportunity at a world title, Argentine knockout artist Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) stopped previously undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) in the eighth round of a scheduled 12-round fight to win the WBA Welterweight World Championship on HBO Boxing After Dark in front of a roaring crowd of 6,143 boxing fans at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum. Photos by Ed Mulholland/HBO, Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos.

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After several rounds in which Matthysse pushed forward to cut the distance, the 35-year-old landed an overhand right that dropped him immediately.

After Kiram got up, Matthysse landed a short left hand that ended matters at 1:21 of the eighth round.

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At the time of the stoppage, two judges had Matthysse winning with scores of 68-65 and 69-64, while one judge had it 68-65 for Kiram, who went straight to the hospital after the fight.

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"I'm really happy," said Lucas Matthysse.

"He [Kiram] moved really well, and he was really big. That's why it was hard to cut the distance. I didn't feel his power, but he felt mine, so that's why I was able to find him later and stop him. I'm here for the best and biggest names. I want the rematch with Danny Garcia or Manny Pacquiao. Those are the big fights I want, though of course that will be up to Mario Arano and Golden Boy Promotions to figure that out."

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Buenos Aires, Argentina's Marcelino "Nino" Lopez (34-2-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular win against veteran puncher Breidis Prescott (30-12, 22 KOs) of Valledupar, Colombia by way of knockout in the fifth round of a spectacular welterweight battle originally scheduled for eight rounds.

After a few rounds of good toe-to-toe action, Lopez landed a two-punch combination that floored Prescott hard. Upon getting up from the canvas, Lopez landed another hard right hand that ended the fight at 2:59 of the fifth round.

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"Boxing is a beautiful sport that is so exhilarating, but to get a knockout is the best part and what we train for," said Marcelino Lopez.

"It takes sacrifice to leave your home country and to be able to focus and get a win like this is so satisfying. I want to thank Joel Diaz, who has taken me in like his family and has helped me improve and refine my style."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BaDaBingVIP2 on 01-29-2018

[QUOTE=UliTheDestroyer;18443425]So another volume puncher that beat Spence in the ams... lol I been saying that’s his kryptonite. Castaño beat him the same way... you bully the bully.[/QUOTE] im not up on the amatuer wins and losses but at this time,…

Comment by Beercules on 01-29-2018

[QUOTE=Dr Rumack;18443359]Kiram, somehow, was the #1 contender for the WBA strap. So that's why Matthysse had to fight him. Made for a dull fight but what are you gonna do. Don't think we'll get the Garcia-Rematch. Think we'll get Thurman-Matthysse…

Comment by CLUBBER! on 01-29-2018

[QUOTE=Dr Rumack;18443359] Don't think we'll get the Garcia-Rematch. Think we'll get Thurman-Matthysse this year.[/QUOTE] I wouldn't mind seeing that fight

Comment by UliTheDestroyer on 01-28-2018

[QUOTE=HardcoreboxingG;18443046]I’m loving the 147 division right now!! I think Errol & bud will be the last two remaining when the smoke clears, with some interesting fights to get there, I went back to the porter vs Thurman fight this week…

Comment by Dr Rumack on 01-28-2018

Kiram, somehow, was the #1 contender for the WBA strap. So that's why Matthysse had to fight him. Made for a dull fight but what are you gonna do. Don't think we'll get the Garcia-Rematch. Think we'll get Thurman-Matthysse this…

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