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Q&A: Matthysse will pursue the KO versus Soto
Junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse hopes to earn his third straight victory by knockout against former three-division beltholder Humberto Soto on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
RingTV.com caught up to hard-hitting junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse, of Argentina, who will face former WBC 130-pound and lightwieght titleholder Humberto Soto, of Mexico, on the undercard of Saturday night's Showtime-televised clash between fromer welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez at The Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Matthysse (30-2, 28 knockouts) will be after his third straight stoppage win in this WBC 140-pound title eliminator bout against Soto (58-7-2, 34 KOs), who is riding a 15-bout winning streak that includes six knockouts.
Prior to his last victory, a sixth-round knockout of Angel Martinez in February, Matthysse fought three southpaws in a row, sandwhiching split-decision losses to ex-titleholders Zab Judah and Devon Alexander in around an eighth-round knockout of DeMarcus Corley.
Matthysse had been encouraged following the loss to Alexander, however, after being named to challenge the legendary Erik Morales of Mexico for a September bout that would be for the WBC's vacant junior welterweight belt.
But a subsequent illness forced Matthysse to pull out of the fight with Morales, who went on to become the first Mexican-born fighter to earn a fourth title in as many different divisions with a 10th-round knockout over previously-unbeaten Pablo Cesar Cano.
With his last three victories having been in Argintina, and his past two losses to Judah and Alexander having been in Newark, N.J., and, St. Louis, Mo., respectively, Matthysse appears to be determined not to leave Saturday night's decision up to the judges on American soil.
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