Lucas Matthysse gets his third chance to claim a world title in boxing tomorrow night, as he takes on Tewa Kiram with the vacant WBA Welterweight Title on the line.
Matthysse’s first chances at a major recognized boxing world title did not go his way. Back in 2013, Matthysse faced Danny Garcia with the WBA, WBC and lineal light welterweight titles on the line, but Matthysse lost via unanimous decision. Matthysse also fought Viktor Postol for the then-vacant WBC light welterweight title but was knocked out in the 10th round.
Matthysse has been an interim champion before, holding the interim WBC title from 2012 to 2013 prior to his fight with Garcia. Matthysse’s bout against Emmanuel Taylor earlier this year was his first bout back in a boxing ring since losing to Postol.
Considering Matthysse’s track record in fights, as well as Matthysse being 35 years old, many view this fight as the last chance for Matthysse to claim a world title. In fact, his own trainer, Joel Diaz, feels if Matthysse loses, there’s nothing he can do but leave the sport.
“This is his third opportunity, I believe, for a world title,” Diaz said. “Let’s be realistic: if he loses this fight, he has no more business in boxing,” Diaz said. “If he loses this fight, he’ll be a stepping stone for up-and-coming fighters. He needs to win this fight. He needs to grab the bull by the horns and take it. There’s no tomorrow. It’s today.”