Lem Satterfield

Matthysse says he’s a more-complete fighter than fellow Argentine Maidana

Junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse said he believes that he is a better fighter than his 140-pound Argentine countryman Marcos Maidana, who he called, “ordinary” on a conference call Wednesday.

Matthysse (28-2, 26 knockouts) was on the call to promote his clash with 34-year-old three-division titleholder Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) of Mexico on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Victor Otiz fight Sept. 17 at the in Las Vegas on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Matthysse spoke through a translator.

“He [Maidana] is a world champion at this moment, but that’s the only difference between me and him. But, in essence, yes, I am better than him,” said Matthysse, who like Maidana is 28. “It’s very simple with Marcos. There’s no doubt that he’s a very big puncher. But his style of boxing is not classic. It’s ordinary.”

Morales and Matthysse will fight for the WBC title that was stripped from Tim Bradley.

Morales was after his fourth straight victory when he lost a majority decision to Maidana in April, a bout many believe the older man won by outboxing Maidana down the stretch.

“We’ll definitely be watching the video of their fight this week, and we’ll be studying it,” said Mattysse. “So I think that that video, watching it, that’s going to help me for the fight against Erik.”

Matthysse has lost disputed decisions to slick-boxing former beltholders Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) and Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) — both southpaws — in November of last year and in June. Morales fights from an orthodox stance.

“They [Judah and Alexander] box and move backward,” said Matthysse. “Erik Morales boxes and moves forward, and that’s the difference.”

Maidana has also lost to technicians in ex-titleholder Andriy Kotelnik (31-4-1, 13 KOs) and WBA and IBF beltholder Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) in February of 2009 and December of last year.

Maidana and Matthysse share wins over one recent common opponent in former beltholder DeMarcus Corley, who Maidana faced in August of last year and Matthysse fought in January.

Corley lost a toe-toe battle with Maidana, rising from an eighth-round knockdown and even staggering the eventual winner at various points in their fight. Matthysse scored eight knockdowns on the way to an eighth-round knockout of Corley.

“I am a more-complete fighter in my style of boxing than Marcos,” said Matthysse. “I’m better at cutting off the angles, and I use the ring much more. I have more ring generalship.”

Morlaes said that he won’t know whether Maidana or Matthysse is the superior fighter until after he faces Matthysse.

“I can’t tell you who is better because I haven’t been in the ring with Matthysse. If I were to say anything right now, I would be lying. So ask me when I get out of the ring [with Matthysse,]” said Morales. “But what I can say is that in comparison, Maidana was very strong, very difficult. Everything that they said about him was true and correct.

“But I also showed what was correct is that I can compete with them all.”

Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham, said before their fight that Matthysse has a better “boxing skill set” than Maidana.

“On paper, Lucas Matthysse looks very good. His opponents have been tough,” said Morales. “He’s a very strong, very young fighter. But ask me at the end of the fight.”


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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