Matthysse Going All In vs. Kiram
Lucas Matthysse will hope the third time is the charm on Jan. 27 when he faces Tewa Kiram with the vacant WBA “regular” Welterweight Championship on the line. The bout will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
This will be Matthysse’s third shot to gain a major boxing world championship. In his first attempt, back in 2013, he lost to then-unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia via unanimous decision. And in 2015, Matthysse suffered the first knockout loss of his professional career when he lost a match against Viktor Pistol with the then-vacant WBC Junior Welterweight Title on the line.
In his most recent bout, back in May, Matthysse scored a fifth-round TKO win over Emmanuel Taylor. It was his first bout back since the lost to Pistol, as he spent a year-and-a-half out of the ring recovering from a broken orbital bone.
Matthysse is training with Joel Diaz in Indio in preparation for this upcoming title fight.
“I know this is going to be a tough fight,” Matthysse told The Desert Sun. “That’s why I’m here in Indio, to get what I need to win this fight, which I see as very important to my career.”
I felt great after my last fight. The time off gave me time to refresh, and now I’ve had nine more months off and I’ve increased my training to get to another level. I feel good. This training camp has felt good, and I think I’m getting the training here that will put me in a position to win a world title.