By: Dallas Orysiuk (@Chargers204)
This Saturday, Lucas “the Machine” Matthysse, 38-4, 35 KO’s, looks to make a splash in the welterweight division when he takes on unbeaten, but unknown Tewa Kiram, 38-0, 28 KO’s.
Not much is known about him; except that Tewa Kiram is undefeated and standing at 5’ 10”, will be the bigger man come Saturday night. Kiram is also the younger man by 10 years and has fought at welterweight his entire career… this will only be Lucas’s second fight at welterweight. Kiram is taller, bigger, younger and has a solid KO percentage of 74%. Matthysse will have to cut off the ring and get inside Kiram’s jab in what could be a tough and exciting matchup.
Matthysse, who fought last May, was previously coming off of a 2-year layoff, but returned in impressive fashion to defeat a solid opponent in Emmanuel Taylor via KO. Matthysse looked good in his return and hopes to look again on Saturday and gain some momentum in a stacked welterweight division. When Matthysse is hungry, he is dangerous. Lucas Matthysse is one of the most bad ass men in boxing and when he is “on” he will give anyone problems in the ring. Not only does he pack devastating power in both hands, but Matthysse knows how to apply effective pressure to brutally seek and destroy his opponents.
On the other hand, Tewa Kiram is the WBA number one contender, and his matchup against Matthysse will be for the vacant WBA welterweight title. The winner will be the mandatory to fight Keith Thurman for the WBA Super World Welterweight title. If Matthysse wins, it will put him in an interesting place and will hopefully set up a tremendous matchup against Keith Thurman. A win for Matthysse will be good for boxing; and if he emerges victorious, even if the Thurman fight doesn’t happen, there will be a whole slew of interesting matchups for Lucas “the Machine” Matthysse.by