Welterweight Lucas Matthysse has fallen short of World Title glory in the past, often by razor-thin margins, but on January 27th the Argentinian slugger is determined to grasp his chance.
Speaking to ESPN Deportes, ‘La Máquina’ admitted that this fight against Tewa Kiram might be his last chance to win a World Title: "I know this is my last chance, that's how I'm looking at it, that's why I've put in a lot of effort and trained harder."
Despite the 35-year-old recording wins over former and future World Champions like Lamont Peterson, Ruslan Provodnikov and Humberto Soto, the timing of those fights meant he narrowly missed out on glory.
The stars have now seemingly aligned for the bruiser’s next bout in Los Angeles. "We’ve studied the opponent. We’ve already seen videos, we know he’s a good fighter, tall, knows how to use his dimensions.
“I am sure I won't end up like 'Chocolatito'. I don’t think he can surprise me because I know he's a dangerous fighter,” he said referencing Roman Gonzalez’s upset loss to another Thai fighter in Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Asked if there was any added pressure of bringing the belt back to Argentina, Matthysse remained unfazed: "There’s no pressure. When me, Sergio Martinez and Marcos Maidana were winning, we fought the best. I had the bad luck of losing.
“We are about to close very strong, but we will be in a very good place for the fight."
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