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Postol wins WBC crown by stopping Matthysee

Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing
Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing

By John J. Raspanti

Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) withstood some powerful hooks from Lucas Matthysee (37-4, 35 KOs) to stop the favored Argentian in round 10 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Saturday night.

Postol used his advantages in height and reach to stick Matthysee with numerous jabs in rounds one and two. Matthysee landed a left hook that knocked Postol back a few steps. A hard right hand also slammed into Postol’s side.

Postol, 31, began to land combinations in the next few rounds. Matthysee worked the body, but his big hooks were finding air. Postol stayed on his toes and boxed. His work rate was also keeping the heavy-handed Matthysee off balance.

His length was a real problem for the shorter Matthysee.

In round five, Postol continued to outbox Matthysee. His punches weren’t that hard, but they were accurate and kept Matthysee honest. He peppered Mathysee with more crisp shots to the face.

Matthysee, 32, came out with more purpose in round six. He may have sensed that he was falling behind on the judges’ scorecards. He connected with a powerful punch that shook Postol.

Seconds later, a left hook to the body--followed by a right hand staggered Postol, but he quickly fought back. Mattyhsee was gambling more. Postol was the busier fighter.

Matthysee walked after Postol firing hooks, but he was also leaving himself open. He staggered Postol with a heavy right hand, but the spunky Ukrainian turned the tide in the last seconds of the stanza. A combination bothered Matthysee.

Postol looked rejuvenated in round eight--while Matthysee appeared discouraged. A big right hand spun Matthysee into the ropes. Postol moved side-to-side in round nine. He unleashed stinging hooks to the face. Matthysee was searching for answers but coming up empty.

Entering round 10, Matthysee needed to make something happen. He tried by coming out aggressively at the bell, but Postol absorbed his sweeping hook to the chin. Postol went right back to work. After Matthysee’s lazy jab found air, Postol stepped inside with a short right hand. Matthysee went down to one knee where he remained as referee Jack Reiss counted him out.

The time was 2:58 of round 10.

“I want to say thank you to Lucas Matthysee,” said Postol in the ring after the fight. “I didn’t plan on knocking him out. I want to thank my team.”

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