Ukrainian Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) pulled off a minor upset in defeating Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) by a 10th round knockout to win the vacant WBA light welterweight title last Saturday night in a brilliant performance from the 31-year-old Postol at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The win for Postol was easily the biggest of his pro career. Few fans would have suspected that a light puncher like Postol would be able to score a knockout over a steel-chinned fighter like Matthysse. But Postol used his long reach and a nice right hand to knock Matthysse down in the 10th round. The punch caught Matthysse on his left eye, and that caused him to go down due to the pain in his eye.
Matthysse said he didn’t want to take a chance in continuing the fight because he wasn’t sure if his eye was injured or not. But it didn’t matter though because Matthysse wasn’t going to win the fight. He was exhausted, taking a lot of punches, and he didn’t have the reach to get in close enough to land any of his big punches.
“I felt comfortable with the pace of the fight,” said Lucas Matthysse. “I also feel that I had dominated a few rounds and we were even in the cards. But, he got me with that right cross and hit my left eye. I felt there was damage to my eye and I also didn’t feel my body. The pain was instant and I knew I had to stop because I wasn’t sure what my eye looked like. But, fortunately nothing happened. My team tells me that it looks good. But, Postol is not the best yet.”
Postol may not be the best yet in the division, but he was more than good enough to defeat the 33-year-old Matthysse. Postol out-boxed Matthysse for most of the fight. The only times that Postol had problems was in the 6th and 7th rounds, when Mathysse put a lot of pressure on him and was able to land some nice shots. But once Postol got past the 7th, it was clear sailing for the rest of the way, as Matthysse was just too tired and he looked like he just gave up trying to win the fight.
Matthysse didn’t have the mental toughness that we’d seen from his fellow Argentinian fighter Marcos Maidana in some of his fights that he had problems with. Had that been Maidana in the ring last night, he wouldn’t have stopped attacking Postol for a second, and he likely would have battered him when being held.