Lucas Matthysse is ready to throw his name into the mix at welterweight when he takes on undefeated Tiwa Kiram for the vacant WBA welterweight world title.
The pair clash this Saturday night exclusively live on BoxNation from the Forum in Inglewood, California, with Argentine Matthysse moving up from light-welterweight to take on the relatively unknown and untested 25-year-old Kiram.
Hard-hitting Matthysse, who has 35 knockouts in his 38 wins, has promised a return to his best in order to capture the 147-pound title.
“I’m excited at this opportunity to fight for a world title. I’ve prepared for this fight really well. We prepared in Argentina, and then finished in Indio,” he said.
“This Saturday, I will walk away with a world title. I know that he manages his distance well and that he has a good jab, but I am prepared for that. I learned a few things, but I assure the fans that they will once again see the “Machine” this Saturday,” said Matthysse.
Thai ace Kiram, who is yet to taste defeat, with a highly impressive record of 38 wins with 28 knockouts, is ready to make his mark and upset Matthysse when they meet.
“I’m very thankful that I’m fighting for a world title this Saturday against Lucas Matthysse. I’m looking forward to winning a world title and taking the belt back to Thailand. I’m ready to show the world who I am and put on a great fight,” said Kiram.
Also on the BoxNation bill this weekend will be lightweight star Jorge Linares who defends his WBA world title against the Philippines Mercito Gesta.
The first HBO boxing card of 2018 is good to go, as all four fighters featured on the televised broadcast made weight today in Inglewood, California.
In the main event, Lucas Matthysse (38-4, 35 KO) and Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KO) will compete for the vacant WBA “world” welterweight title. Matthysse weighed in at the limit of 147 pounds, with Kiram at 146½.
The fight is Matthysse’s third opportunity at a world title, his first as a welterweight.
The co-feature will see Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KO) defend his WBC lightweight title against Mercito Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KO). Linares weighed in at 135, the limit for the fight, with Gesta at 134¾.
So the weigh-in has passed with no drama, and our fights are ready. The HBO Boxing After Dark doubleheader from The Forum will start at 10:30 pm ET, and BLH will be here with live, round-by-round coverage tomorrow night.