By Elisinio Castillo
Former two division world champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez has given high praise to his countryman, the hard punching Lucas Matthysse, who will soon return to the ring in the coming months.
Martinez went as far as to call Matthysse a boxer "from another planet" for his punching ability.
"Matthysse is an extraordinary boxer, who deserved better luck. Right now he needs time to get back on track, but he has brutal and spectacular talent," said Martinez to The Final Round.
Although Argentine boxing has always had interesting prospects, it is undeniable that it has lost ground in the international arena since the retirements of Martínez and Marcos "El Chino" Maidana. Because of that, Matthysse's return to Las Vegas is generating a lot of expectation.
Matthysse will return in the co-featured fight to the highly anticipated all-Mexican showdown between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena. Both fights will be featured on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., who will be at his son's side during the main event, looks forward to Matthysse's return to the ring.
For now, Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez told ESPN Deportes that he is looking for opponents - but the important goal of Matthysse is to captured a "world title at welterweight" and to fight the "big names."
Matthysse is 34 years old and has a career record of 37 wins, 34 of them by knockout, and four defeats.
In his last match, on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, Matthysse was stopped for the first time in his career, when he went down in the tenth round against Ukraine's Viktor Postol.
They were fighting for the vacant WBC junior welterweight world title and the loss deeply affected Matthysse to the point where he considered the possibility of retirement.
During that fight, he suffered an eye injury and decided to stay down in fear of losing his vision. Matthysse was scheduled to return last year, but the eye continued to give him issues. Since then, he's received medical clearance and the eye is now 100%.