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Around the Ring: Matthysse, Broner Title Fights

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Two of the bigger stars in the junior welterweight division will take the stage this weekend, as Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner both take on opponents in title fights.


Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol

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Names:    Lucas Matthysse    Viktor Postol
Record:    37-3-0, 34 KOs    27-0-0, 11 KOs
Height:    5’6.5”    5’11”
Reach:    69″    NA
Weight:    140 lbs    140 lbs
Age:    33    31
Stance:    Orthodox    Orthodox
Hometown / Residence:    Trelew, Chubut, Argentina/Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina    Kiev, Ukraine
Rounds   166   200

Information via Boxrec

 


WBC No. 1-ranked Viktor Postol will be facing No. 2-ranked Lucas Matthysse in a battle for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title this Saturday, Oct. 3 on HBO from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill Mais

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill Mais

Matthysse, (37-3, 34 KOs) is an aggressive come-forward slugger who carries fight-ending power in both hands. A high-action fan favorite, the 33-year-old Argentinian has proven to be one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport.

He is coming off hard-earned victories over Ruslan Provodnikov, Roberto Ortiz and John Molina Jr since his decision loss to Danny Garcia in September of last year. Matthysse holds an 83-percent KO rate and has stopped eight of his last 10 opponents.

Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) is a tall welterweight who will hold a five inch height advantage against Matthysse. The 32-year-old Ukrainian is an intelligent boxer who fights behind a stiff jab and tight defense.

RINGO H.W. CHIU, AP

RINGO H.W. CHIU, AP

“I am about to face the strongest, most heavy handed fighter I have ever met in the ring,” said Postol in last week’s media workout to BoxingNews24.

Postol hasn’t faced the stiffest competition yet in his career, he is coming off of wins over Jake Giuriceo and Selcuk Aydin, but he does hold victories over DeMarcus Corley and Hank Lundy. He is also trained by legendary cornerman Freddie Roach.

“Postol doesn’t know it yet but he’s my new favorite fighter,” said Roach. “He works very hard in the gym, does everything we ask and he can bring it. We can win this fight. It is a tough fight but I know we can win, and Postol knows we will win.”


Adrien Broner vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev

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Names:    Adrien Broner    Khabib Allakhverdiev
Record:    30-2-0, 22 KOs    19-1-0, 9 KOs
Height:    5’6.5”    5’8”
Reach:    69.5″    68”
Weight:    140 lbs    140 lbs
Age:    26    32
Stance:    Orthodox    Orthodox
Hometown / Residence:    Cincinnati, Ohio    Kurush, Russia/Derbent, Russia
Rounds   168   108

Information via Boxrec


WBA’s No. 2-ranked Adrien “The Problem” Broner will be fighting No. 5 Khabib Allakhverdiev this Saturday Oct. 3 for the vacant WBA junior welterweight title on Showtime Championship Boxing from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) is coming off of a loss to Shawn Porter in June.The former three-division titleholder Broner looked sloppy for most of the unanimous decision loss to former IBF welterweight champion Porter, often holding and not pushing the action.

“I’m excited to be back in Cincinnati taking on a tough world class fighter who is going to bring it,” said Broner leading up to the fight to BoxingNews24. “This fight means the world to me. It’s a huge deal to have the chance to be a four-division world champion at 26 years old.”

Broner is 8-1 in title fights and has collected belts at 130, 135 and 147 pounds, but has never won a title at 140 pounds. Dropping down in weight, Broner is looking to add a fourth world title to his resume in his return to Cincinnati, where he defeated Emmanuel Taylor last September in front of his hometown fans in a 2014 Fight of the Year candidate.

Allakhverdiev, (19-1, 9 KOs) hasn’t fought in over a year and a half since losing his WBA 140-pound title to Jessie Vargas by a unanimous decision in April 2014.

“Broner is a good boxer, he is a fast and talented guy, but as a man I don’t have anything good to say about him,” said Allakhverdiev. “I am looking forward to a world championship winning performance.”

Allakhverdiev, of Russia, initially won the WBA 140-pound crown with an eight-round technical-decision victory over previously unbeaten three-division world champion Joan Guzmán in November 2012. In his lone defense, the southpaw scored two knockdowns in a one-sided 11th-round TKO over former world champion Souleymane M’Baye in July 2013.

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