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Lucas Matthysse
Real name Lucas Martín Matthysse
Nickname(s) La Máquina ("The Machine")
Rated at
  • Light welterweight
  • Welterweight
Height 5 ft 6 in
Reach 69 in
Nationality Argentine
Born 27 September 1982 (1982-09-27) (age 38)
Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 39
Wins by KO 36
Losses 5
No contests 1

Lucas Martín Matthysse ( born 27 September 1982) is an Argentine former professional boxer who competed from 2004 to 2018. He held the WBA (Regular) welterweight title in 2018 and the WBC interim super lightweight title from 2012 to 2013. Matthysse was known for his aggressive pressure fighting style and formidable punching power. He is the brother of former world champion Edith Soledad Matthysse and former professional boxer Walter Matthysse.

Amateur career

During his amateur career, Matthysse fought in the 2003 Pan American Games at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he went on to stop Colombia's Breidis Prescott in just the first round.

Lucas has faced Marcos Maidana four times in the amateurs with Maidana winning three times while fighting the fourth to a draw.

Professional career

Light welterweight

In June 2004, Lucas won his pro debut against Leandro Almagro, on a card that also featured his brother Walter.

Matthysse vs. Judah

On 6 November 2010 Matthysse lost a very disputed split decision against former world champion Zab Judah in the main event of an HBO card. Judah began the busier fighter, using the jab and trying to land uppercuts for the first two rounds, while Matthysse worked on the body. In round three, a clash of heads opened a cut outside of the left eye of Judah. Matthysse displayed more aggression and became the aggressor in the third and the fourth round and Judah switched to a defensive tactic. In the next two rounds, the American boxer picked up the pace, beginning to land more combinations. Judah continued to box throughout the ninth round but Matthysse began to show more power in the tenth, focusing on the head of his opponent and knocking down the American boxer after a hard right hand to the jaw. Judah got up, but he was hurt. The Argentine fighter tried to press the attack after the knockdown. Two judges scored the fight 114–113 for Judah, while the other judge scored it 114–113 for Matthysse.

Matthysse vs. Alexander

On 25 June 2011 Matthysse faced former world champion Devon Alexander and lost another close, but hugely controversial split decision. The judges in the Family Arena in St. Charles had the fight 96–93 and 95–94 for Alexander, and 96–93 for Matthysse.

Matthysse vs. Martínez, Soto and Olusegun

Lucas was forced to withdraw from a fight versus Erik Morales in one of the featured bouts on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz HBO PPV undercard at the MGM Grand in Paradise, Nevada, citing a viral infection that had kept him from training.

Lucas fought Mexican Martín Ángel Martínez on 10 February 2012 for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental light welterweight title at the Gimnasio Municipal, Chubut, Argentina in a scheduled 12 round bout. The Mexican retired after the 5th round.

The stay-busy victory over the 20-year-old Mexican fighter set up a Showtime televised showdown between Matthysse and former 130-pound and lightweight beltholder Humberto Soto on 23 June 2012. Both fighters traded big shots in the opening rounds but the Matthysse was able to land consistent big body shots and came through this fight with another fifth round TKO.

Matthysse then faced undefeated Nigerian-born British professional boxer Ajose Olusegun on 8 September 2012. Olusegun had been declared the mandatory challenger for the WBC light welterweight title going into the fight. The first few rounds were good exchanges for the two brawlers. However, on the tenth round the hard punches from the Argentinian proved too much for the unbeaten Nigerian and therefore the referee stopped the fight via 10th round TKO.

Matthysse vs. Peterson

On 18 May 2013 Matthysse faced Lamont Peterson in a non title match in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the end of the second round Matthysse landed a hard right hand to the body followed of a left hook to the head, that knocked Peterson down. In the third round Matthysse kept the pressure on Peterson, knocking him down twice in that round. At 46 seconds of round 3 referee Steve Smoger stopped the fight after the second Peterson knock down. The winner via TKO was Matthysse.

After the fight, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, declared Matthysse the next Manny Pacquiao.

The victory was considered the biggest of Matthysse's career, and his first step in the door to super stardom. He then faced unified 140 lb champion Danny García on 14 September 2013 as part of the undercard to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez main event.

Matthysse vs. García

Going into his fight on 14 September against García, Matthysse was a heavy favorite despite being the challenger. Nevertheless, García stood firm and fought a mature fight, trading rounds early with Matthysse. In the middle rounds, Matthysse developed an injury to his right eye from García's flinched right hand, which the young champ exploited. Matthysee bravely battled back, but García knocked him down in the 11th round, a first for the challenger. The twelfth round saw García lose a point for a low blow, and ended in a slug-fest. The last ten seconds of round 12 proved thrilling, both fighters went toe to toe. In the end, the judges handed García a unanimous decision: 115–111, 114–112 and 114–112.

Matthysse vs. Postol

On 3 October 2015 Matthysse once again went in as a solid favorite to defeat the undefeated Ukrainian Viktor Postol. But Postol was able to take advantage of his four-inch reach advantage and outwork Matthysse from the outside before sealing the fight with a counter right hand that knocked Matthysse down. Matthysse then made no attempt to get up from the canvas citing a potential injury in his eye in his post-fight interview. He would spend a year-and-a-half out of the ring after undergoing eye surgery and taking time off to recover.

Matthysse vs. Taylor

On 6 May, 2017, Matthysse fought Emanuel Taylor. Matthysse won the fight via a technical knockout in the fifth round.

Matthysse vs. Kiram

In his next fight, Matthysse fought Tewa Kiram, who was ranked #1 by the WBA at welterweight. Matthysse managed to knockout his opponent in the eighth round to come out with the victory.

Matthysse vs. Pacquiao

Further information: Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse

Matthysse lost his WBA (Regular) welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao on 15 July 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur. Pacquiao won the fight via TKO in round 7, marking the first time in nine years that Pacquiao had finished an opponent. Matthysse subsequently announced his retirement from boxing on 2 August 2018.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
45 fights 39 wins 5 losses
By knockout 36 2
By decision 2 3
By disqualification 1 0
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
45 Loss 39–5 (1) Philippines Manny Pacquiao TKO 7 (12), 2:43 15 Jul 2018 Malaysia Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Lost WBA (Regular) welterweight title
44 Win 39–4 (1) Thailand Tewa Kiram KO 8 (12), 1:21 27 Jan 2018 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Won vacant WBA (Regular) welterweight title
43 Win 38–4 (1) United States Emanuel Taylor TKO 5 (10), 2:21 6 May 2017 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International welterweight titles
42 Loss 37–4 (1) Ukraine Viktor Postol KO 10 (12), 2:58 3 Oct 2015 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. For vacant WBC light welterweight title
41 Win 37–3 (1) Russia Ruslan Provodnikov MD 12 18 Apr 2015 United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
40 Win 36–3 (1) Mexico Roberto Ortiz KO 2 (12), 2:45 6 Sep 2014 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Won WBC Silver light welterweight title
39 Win 35–3 (1) United States John Molina Jr. KO 11 (12), 0:22 26 Apr 2014 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title
38 Loss 34–3 (1) United States Danny García UD 12 14 Sep 2013 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA (Super), WBC, vacant The Ring and lineal light welterweight titles
37 Win 34–2 (1) United States Lamont Peterson TKO 3 (12), 2:14 18 May 2013 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
36 Win 33–2 (1) United States Mike Dallas Jr. KO 1 (12), 2:26 26 Jan 2013 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC interim light welterweight title
35 Win 32–2 (1) Nigeria Ajose Olusegun TKO 10 (12), 2:59 8 Sep 2012 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC interim light welterweight title
34 Win 31–2 (1) Mexico Humberto Soto RTD 5 (12), 3:00 23 Jun 2012 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won WBC Inter-Continental light welterweight title
33 Win 30–2 (1) Mexico Martín Ángel Martínez TKO 6 (12), 0:01 10 Feb 2012 Argentina Gimnasio Municipal Nº 1, Trelew, Argentina Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental light welterweight title
32 Win 29–2 (1) Argentina Sergio Omar Priotti KO 4 (10), 0:27 9 Dec 2011 Argentina Ciclista Juninense, Junín, Argentina
31 Loss 28–2 (1) United States Devon Alexander SD 10 25 Jun 2011 United States Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
30 Win 28–1 (1) United States DeMarcus Corley TKO 8 (12), 1:02 21 Jan 2011 Argentina Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni, Las Heras, Argentina Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental light welterweight title
29 Loss 27–1 (1) United States Zab Judah SD 12 6 Nov 2010 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. For vacant WBO–NABO light welterweight title
28 Win 27–0 (1) Mexico Rogelio Castañeda Jr. KO 1 (12), 2:35 28 Aug 2010 Argentina Newell's Old Boys, Santa Fe, Argentina Retained WBO Latino interim light welterweight title
27 Win 26–0 (1) Guyana Vivian Harris TKO 4 (10), 2:44 20 Feb 2010 Mexico El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
26 Win 25–0 (1) Colombia Florencio Castellano KO 4 (10) 21 Nov 2009 Argentina Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina Won WBO Latino interim light welterweight title
25 Win 24–0 (1) Dominican Republic Luis Ernesto José KO 2 (10) 21 Apr 2009 Argentina Newell's Old Boys, Santa Fe, Argentina
24 Win 23–0 (1) Argentina Carlos Adán Jerez UD 10 20 Dec 2008 Argentina Ciclista Juninense, Junín, Argentina
23 NC 22–0 (1) Mexico Rogelio Castañeda Jr. NC 3 (10), 0:50 12 Sep 2008 United States QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S. NC after Castañeda was cut from an accidental head clash
22 Win 22–0 Costa Rica Gilbert Quiros TKO 4 (10) 13 Jun 2008 Argentina Ciclista Juninense, Junín, Argentina
21 Win 21–0 Colombia Jorge Medrano RTD 4 (10) 29 Feb 2008 Argentina Parque Prado, General Arenales, Argentina
20 Win 20–0 Colombia Esteban de Jesus Morales KO 2 (8) 2 Nov 2007 Argentina Rojas, Argentina
19 Win 19–0 Argentina Ariel Francisco Burgos KO 4 (12), 2:14 2 Jun 2007 Argentina Ciclista Juninense, Junín, Argentina Retained WBO Latino light welterweight title
18 Win 18–0 Dominican Republic Ramon Duran KO 1 (8), 2:05 4 May 2007 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Argentina Alejandro Ciacia KO 1 (8), 0:55 30 Mar 2007 Argentina Ciclista Juninense, Junín, Argentina
16 Win 16–0 Argentina Diego Jesús Ponce KO 2 (12), 0:56 21 Oct 2006 Argentina Ciclista Juninense, Junín, Argentina Retained WBO Latino light welterweight title
15 Win 15–0 Argentina Justo Evangelista Martínez KO 2 (6), 2:10 1 Sep 2006 Argentina Club Atletico Sportivo Rojas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
14 Win 14–0 Argentina Ceferino Zampatti KO 1 (6), 1:40 7 Jul 2006 Argentina Polideportivo Municipal Nº 2, Buenos Aires, Argentina
13 Win 13–0 Argentina Hernan Abraham Valenzuela TKO 1 (6), 2:35 5 May 2006 Argentina Ciclista Juninense, Junín, Argentina
12 Win 12–0 Argentina Victor Daniel Rios KO 2 (12), 2:13 1 Apr 2006 Argentina Unión, Santa Fe, Argentina Won vacant WBO Latino light welterweight title
11 Win 11–0 Argentina Hernan Abraham Valenzuela RTD 3 (6) 17 Mar 2006 Argentina Club Rivadavia, Lincoln, Argentina
10 Win 10–0 Argentina Vicente Luis Burgo KO 2 (6), 1:01 16 Dec 2005 Argentina Club Atlético Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
9 Win 9–0 Argentina Jorge Alberto Carballo TKO 2 (8) 25 Nov 2005 Argentina Estadio Socios Fundadores, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
8 Win 8–0 Argentina Marcelo Omar Lazarte RTD 3 (6), 2:54 8 Oct 2005 Argentina Club Atlético Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina
7 Win 7–0 Argentina Jesus Ceferino Vergara RTD 1 (6), 1:18 12 Aug 2005 Argentina Orfeo Superdomo, Córdoba, Argentina
6 Win 6–0 Argentina Nestor Fabian Sanchez TKO 3 (4) 18 Apr 2005 Argentina Hotel Cordoba Plaza, Córdoba, Argentina
5 Win 5–0 Argentina Hugo Antonio Aquino KO 1 (4) 18 Feb 2005 Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
4 Win 4–0 Argentina Adan Basilio Mironchik KO 1 (4) 13 Nov 2004 Argentina Club Atlético Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 Win 3–0 Argentina Bernardino Gonzalez DQ 3 (4) 3 Sep 2004 Argentina Estadio Socios Fundadores, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
2 Win 2–0 Argentina Luis Roberto Aguilar TKO 1 (6), 2:44 17 Jul 2004 Argentina Club Ciclista Juninense, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1 Win 1–0 Argentina Leandro Almagro TKO 2 (4) 4 Jun 2004 Argentina Gimnasio Municipal Nº 1, Trelew, Argentina
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