By: Dallas Orysiuk (@Chargers204)
This Saturday, on HBO PPV, Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. square off in an action packed Mexican slug fest. The Cinco De Mayo boxing event is always a big one, but one fight I am particularly excited for is the return of Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse. Matthysse was once one of the premier sluggers in boxing and there is no better of a weekend for him to make his return than the Cinco De Mayo boxing card.
Lucas Matthysse, 37-4, 34 KOs, has been out of the ring since October of 2015 when he lost to Viktor Postol. In the fight against Postol, Matthysse looked frustrated and confused and was forced to quit due to an eye injury.
Many boxing fans wondered if Matthysse would retire following the defeat, and the long lay off made it seem all the more apparent. But Matthysse recently countered these allegations, stating “I never once thought about retiring. I just needed a deep rest after the Postol fight.”
Now, the Machine looks to come back strong with his new trainer Joel Diaz and an increase in weight to welterweight. Standing in his way is Emmanuel Taylor, 20-4, 14 KOs. Taylor has won his last two fights since losing in consecutive bouts to Adrien Broner and Antonio Orozoco. Taylor is an experienced and good boxer; and will pose a tough test for Matthysse in his first fight back.
Lucas Matthysse was once one of the most feared fighters in boxing, holding devastating knockout victories over Humberto Soto, Lamont Peterson and Mike Dallas Jr. He also defeated Ruslan Provodnikov and lost controversial bouts against Zab Judah and Devon Alexander. In his reign at 140, Matthysse was one of the most exciting fighters in the ring. Lucas was a fighter who displayed excellent power in both hands and was an offensive force to be reckoned with; boxing when he needed to, and cutting off the ring to slug most of the time. Hopefully the change in trainers and the time off will spike the fire in what was once “The Machine” Lucas Matthysse.by