Hard-hitting junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse of Argentina will pursue his fourth straight knockout against unbeaten Nigerian southpaw Ajose Olusegun on a card featuring ex-IBF and WBC 140-pound titleholder Devon Alexander and IBF welterweight beltholder Randall Bailey on Sept. 8 on Showtime. The site hasn’t been determined.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer informed RingTV.com that an agreement has been reached for Matthysse (31-2, 29 knockouts) and Olusegun (30-0, 14 KOs) to meet in what is being billed as a co-feature.
“We have made a deal with Jose Olusegun’s team for him to fight for the interim WBC world title and that fight will happen against Lucas Matthysse,” said Schaefer. “So that will be a double-header with the fight between Bailey and Alexander.”
Matthysse scored his third straight knockout victory over former WBC 130-pound and lightweight titleholder Humberto Soto (58-8-2, 34 KOs) in the fifth round on June 23, ending the Mexican’s 15-bout winning streak that had included six knockouts.
Olusegun is coming off September’s unanimous decision over Canada’s Ali Cheba, ending the loser’s eight-fight winning streak that had included seven stoppages.
Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) was last in the ring for an 11th-round knockout of previously unbeaten Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs) for the vacant belt on June 9.
Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) is coming off of consecutive triumphs over Matthysse in June of last year and Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs) in February by split- and unanimous decision.
Alexander-Maidana happened in Alexander’s welterweight debut from the Scott Trade Center in the winner’s home town of St. Louis, Mo.
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