Viktor Postol Defeats Lucas Matthysse, Wins WBC Strap
CARSON, CA — In front of a raucous Stub Hub crowd, Viktor Postol entrance into enemy territory resulted in a finale contrary to what oddsmakers predicted. After ten back and forth rounds of action, Postol joined the legion of green belt holders by defeating “The Machine” Lucas Matthysse by 10th round KO.
After a slow start, Postol effectively neutralized the Matthysee onslaught with his sizable height and reach advantage. Frustrating the Argentinian to no end with intermittent clinching and successful combination punching, the tide slowly began to turn in this favor. Momentum appeared to shift in his favor once and for all during the seventh round when he and Matthysse knocked heads in what appeared to be an intentional head butt on Postol’s part. With the Argentinian on the losing side of the collision, Postol took advantage of his disorientation and rang down a barrage of punches that clearly wobbled Matthysse.
The end would come in round 10 when Postol connected with a left uppercut cross that sent him to the ground for good. With the win Postol is crowned the new WBC super lightweight champion and Freddy Roach doesn’t have to sell his residences.
Viktor Postol, Post-Fight Press Conference
Lucas Matthysse, Post-Fight Press Conference
In the co-feature bout, Antonio Orozco maintained his undefeated record by defeating Humberto Soto by unanimous decision. A bout that featured hard hitting blows from both combatants looked far more competitive than the scorecards indicated. Soto dominated early effectively counterpunching off wide looping right hands while Orozco battled back to connect up and down with the battle tested Soto. In the thick of action in 9th round, action was temporarily halted as Orozco received a point deduction for a low blow without prior warning from ring referee Jerry Cantu. Soto managed to regroup and fight back despite being visibly winded. as the round continued, Soto found himself on the canvas twice more ruled as slips. Judges final scores: 98-91, 97-92 x 2.
Antonio Orozco, Post-Fight Press Conference
Julian Ramirez East Los Angeles kept his undefeated record in tact by defeating Hugo Partida by unanimous. A less than scintillating bout that brought out the boo birds in the crowd had moments of greatness and long periods of spar like action. Judges final scores: 100-90 x 2, 99 – 91.
Nick Arce thrilled the hometown crowd with a forth round TKO victory over Juan Hernandez. With legions of fans packing the stars wearing pink shirts in honor of breast cancer awareness, Arce repeatedly connected with the head snapping overhand lefts and blows to the body. After doing damage upstairs the end would ultimately come by way of body shot.
Mercito Gesta of San Diego defeated Miguel Angel Mendoza by unanimous decision, much to the chagrin of the Stub Hub crowd. A bout that featured non-stop exchanges from both combatants appeared to teeter in Mendoza’s favor but the judges didn’t see it that way. When Gesta’s unanimous decision win was announced, the boo birds rained down. Judges final scores: 92-92 x2, 97-93.
Early Results From Stub Hub
Marcelino Lopez of Argentina easily defeated David Rodela of Oxnard by 4th round TKO. Scoring knockdowns in rounds two and four, Lopez dominated action with sharp, crisp punch output.
D’Mitrius Ballard of Washington DC defeated Juan Carlos Rojas of Hayward by UD. Out classing and outgunning Rojas, Ballard retained his composure after Rojas delivered a low blow in the first round resulting in a one point deduction. Judges final scores: 59-53, 60-53, 58-55.
Alejandro Ochoa of Bell Gardens upset formerly undefeated Kevin Rivers of Palmer Park, MD to win by split decision victory. After being knock downed in round one, Rivers regained some traction in rounds four and five but it wasn’t enough to lift him to victory. Judges final scores: 59-53 x 2, 56-56.