A big upset shook Throwdown Fantasy’s current #MatthyssePostol fantasy boxing games as fantasy underdog Viktor Postol knocked out Lucas Matthysse in round 10 of their WBC Super Lightweight title bout at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. Let’s breakdown that fight using our usual five-point agenda:
Viktor Postol towered over the 5-6 Matthysse during the pre-fight promotional events. But experts who picked Matthysse didn’t seem to care about that because Matthysse knocked out the likes of Humberto Soto, Michael Dallas Jr., Lamont Peterson and John Molina who were all taller than him. But none of those four more prominent Matthysse opponents had the obedience of Postol who stuck his famed trainer’s game plan of utilizing his size advantage by fighting from the outside and refusing to brawl with the hard-hitting Matthysse. Postol frustrated Matthysse with a long jab to the face and patiently waited for his opportunity.
They don’t call Viktor Postol the Iceman for nothing. Not only did Postol patiently wait for 17 months to get his title shot, he patiently waited for his opening before unloading his goods on Lucas Matthysse. After knocking out Selcuk Aydin in May 2014 in the WBC title eliminator, Postol won a tune-up fight last April before being booked to fight Matthysse. Against Matthysse, Postol took his time and used every inch of the ring until a clash of heads in the 7th appeared to have shook the Argentinian punching Machine. Postol dominated the next two rounds and then found an opening in the 10th. The result was a 10th round KO win and his first ever world title.
At the time of the stoppage, Postol was up 86-85 in two of the judges’ scorecards and was trailing by the same score on the third. Postol threw 80% more total punches at 509 versus 281 but wasn’t as accurate at a low 22% as compared to Matthysse who landed 34% of his punches. Postol outlanded Matthysse but not by much at 113-96, considering his reputation as a supreme boxer. Fantasy-wise, Matthysse beat Postol in plus/minus at +12 percent and that gave Matthysse 10 fantasy points aside from his 9.6 points earned from punches landed and 5 points for his 34% punch accuracy. It was a fight for Matthysse to win as he was right within his fantasy averages. It was close and the knockout came, but it wasn’t in Matthysse’s favor.
Everything was about Matthysse leading up to the bout: his fight of the year performances, knockout power and all-action style that fans pay to see. Instead, it turned out to be an eye opener about the guy who could dominate the 140 pound scene in the years to come: Viktor Postol. Matthysse quit after a right hand by Postol landed cleanly on his left eye and dropped him. Matthysse immediately got up to one knee but just when we thought he was just buying his time, he got counted out by referee Jack Reiss. Lucas later said that he felt a “pop” in his eye after the punch and that he was more concerned about his eye more than anything else. If indeed there was an eye injury, Matthysse did the right thing. Sadly it cost him what was perhaps his best chance to win a title, for now.
Not only was Matthysse favored to win the WBC 140 pound title, he was already being groomed as Manny Pacquiao’s first opponent upon the Pacman’s return from shoulder injury in early 2016. With this loss however, Matthysse just got knocked out from the Pacman sweepstakes and has to go back to the drawing board. On the other hand, Postol is unlikely to face Pacquiao as he is being promoted by Top Rank and trained by Freddie Roach. His style may not also be a good match-up to make Pacquiao look good upon his return. Postol mentioned it would be an honor to fight Terence Crawford and a fight between the 140 pound division’s two top ring tacticians would be a good idea.