Two polar opposites will square off for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title Oct. 3 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse takes on the technical boxer in Viktor Postol.
Postol, 31, made his professional debut in 2007 against Zsolt Vicze, and it hasn’t been an easy ride for the Ukrainian.
It took Postol just over five years of assiduousness to make his U.S. debut in December 2012 against Henry Auraad.
However, prior to the fight against Auraad, he defeated the likes of Jose Lopez and DeMarcus Corley in his hometown of Kiev, Ukraine.
After knocking out Auraad in the first round, Postol fought title contender Henry “Hank” Lundy and won comfortably on points.
Although the victims as of late haven’t been headline-type material, there is no denying that each opponent has come with experience, like Selcuk Aydin, who was notably in tough fights against Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto-Karass.
Postol (27-0, 11 KO’s) knocked Aydin out with a series of crisp uppercuts on the inside during the 11th round of their clash in May 2014, which served as the WBC junior welterweight title eliminator.
After fighting in many obscure places to get to this point, Postol is grateful for the opportunity.
“Most important, I’ve been going towards this fight for six years and going step-by-step, fight-by-fight, the fights were harder and harder,” Postol said via translator to Fight Hub’s Marcos Villegas.
“I had to overcome myself and overcome these fights to get here. So for me, this is the best moment of my life. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for. I only have positive thoughts about this fight, and I know that I can win this fight.”
Matthysse (37-3, 34 KO’s) defeated another big slugger in Ruslan Provodnikov in his latest date in the ring in April.
It was a potential Fight of the Year candidate as both fighters brawled for a majority of the fight, but it was Matthysse who exemplified his boxing skills as well as his ability to take a punch.
However, Matthysse was notably on the floor twice against John Molina two fights prior, but rebounded to knockout Molina in the 11th round.
Matthysse has notably struggled against technical fighters like Zab Judah and Danny Garcia.
Postol doesn’t expect anything different come Oct. 3.
“I’m pretty sure that he’s going to do what he does best against a fighter like me. He’s going to come forward, he’s going to be aggressive, he’s going to try and knock me out,” he added.
“We know that. We knew that when we signed up for the fight. My team, my trainers, are working on a good strategy to make sure we are able to neutralize that and use my advantages to win the fight.”
“In my personal opinion, I think he started going downhill a little bit after the Danny Garcia fight.”
After watching tapes of Matthysse, Postol is confident that he can KO Matthysse if he sets up his combinations properly.
“I’m more technical, I’m more skilled, and at the same time, I feel that I have knockout power as well,” he explained. “If I use the right combinations and if I use my tricks correctly, I think I can knock him out as well.”
When asked to respond to Matthysse’s comments that he would have no interest in fighting toe-to-toe with him if that’s the kind of fight that emerged, Postol refused to get involved in any trash talk.
“The fight is going to show. Let the stronger guy, the better guy win the fight.”
If Postol can out-box and tire Matthysse from the outside, he could very well knock him out, but don’t count out Matthysse from knocking Postol out, either.
It’s going to be a tremendous fight.