Postol stuns Matthysse with late KO
- Updated: October 4, 2015
In front of a packed house at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) pulled off an upset win over Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) to win a vacant junior welterweight title.
Though Postol was considered a live underdog, the biggest shock wasn’t so much that he was able to beat Matthysse, but that he managed to dominate him and shockingly knock him out late in the fight.
Postol, who has been training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club as of late, established his jab from the onset and never let up. Owning a clear advantage in height and reach, Postol popped Matthysse with jabs often and with accuracy and appeared to discourage him from getting too close – the only way Matthysse could really be effective.
Though Matthysse remained aggressive during the first half of the fight, he began to slow down somewhere around the seventh and eighth rounds, as he started to hold on the inside and was getting pot-shotted from the outside. In the tenth round, Postol connected with a crushing right hand to the nose/left eye of Matthysse that sent him down to one knee. Bleeding from the nose, Matthysse stayed down for the ten count, clearly having had enough.
“The punch felt natural to me because we practice it over and over at Wild Card,” said Postol. “I started boxing when I was 12 years old in a gym outside of Kiev. My ultimate goal was to win a world championship even when I was a little boy. I made a decision to come to America, which is the mecca of boxing. This is my third fight with Freddie Roach. I am the world champion because of Freddie and my other trainers at Wild Card. They taught me and they gave me strategy. During this fight, they told me what to do. I followed Freddie’s instructions and I threw that last combination to win the fight.”
In between rounds, Roach had instructed Postol, who isn’t know for having KO power, to get more aggressive as Matthysse was less effective when moving backward.
“Before the last round, I told the corner he was dead tired and ready to go out,” said Roach. “And, I told that to Postol.”
A visibly disappointed Matthysse confirmed that he chose to stay down after the knockdown.
“I felt comfortable with the pace of the fight,” said Matthysse. “I also feel that I had dominated a few rounds and we were even in the cards. But, he got me with that right cross and hit my left eye. I felt there was damage to my eye and I also didn’t feel my body. The pain was instant and I knew I had to stop because I wasn’t sure what my eye looked like. But, fortunately nothing happened. My team tells me that it looks good. But, Postol is not the best yet.”
Earlier in the evening, Antonio Orozco (23-0, 15 KOs) earned a unanimous decision win over former titlist Humberto Soto (65-9-2, 35 KOs) after a hard-fought ten rounds.
It was a pretty evenly contested fight, with Soto playing the role of aggressor, while Orozco mixed in his fair share of aggressiveness and boxing. Going in to the last two rounds, the fight seemed to be on the table, with Orozco landing the cleaner punches and Soto appearing tired.
However, the judges saw it differently, scoring it wide for Orozco to the dismay of Soto and the fans.
I feel great about the win,” said Orozco afterward. “It has been something we have been working for my entire career. This means that we have stepped it up in competition, and I am ready for a world title fight. I felt that I set the pace to this fight, but it wasn’t easy. Soto is a tough fighter, he came prepared and I have a lot of respect for him. This was a great learning experience for me and proves I am ready for the next step in my career.”
“I felt comfortable going into this fight,” said Soto. “I know the kind of fighter Orozco is and was prepared to take on a young tough fighter. I think I dominated the fight, the judges, with all due respect scored this fight wrong. The fight was really on my side.”