Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse Media Workout!
(January 11th) Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) hosted a media workout today in Indio, Calif. ahead of his 12-round fight against Tewa Kiram (38-0. 28 KOs) for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship on Jan. 27, 2018 in a special double main event at the "Fabulous" Forum Inglewood, Calif. In the second part of the double main event, Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) will defend his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight Titles against Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) in a 12-round battle. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
On the non-televised portion of the card, Marcelino "Nino" Lopez (33-2, 18 KOs), who will return in 10-round super lightweight fight against a soon-to-be announced opponent, and Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (8-0, 8 KOs), who is preparing for his 2018 comeback on a soon-to-be announced card, also participated in the workout. Featherweight prospect and training partner of the fighters, Javier Martinez (4-0, 3 KOs), also was in attendance as he prepares to open the night of action in a six-round bout.
Here's what today's participants had to say at the media workout:
LUCAS MATTHYSSE, Former Interim WBC Super LightweightChampion:
"Training camp has been excellent. I did a little bit of training in Argentina before coming here. to Indio. Training with Joel Diaz and the entire team has been great. I know that Tewa Kiram is a hard puncher and can fight on the outside, but on Jan. 27 I'll become world champion. I've beaten the best at 140 pounds, and now I'll beat the best at 147 pounds. A win against Kiram will put me at the top of the division."
MARCELINO LOPEZ, Super Lightweight Contender:
"Whether I not I know who my opponent is does not make a difference. I will still train hard. When I knocked out Pablo Cesar Cano, it was a great victory for me because he's a tough former world champion. He's fought the best and has fought to decisions with them as well. I finished the fight in two rounds, and I know I'll be having bigger and better fights in the future because of that."
VERGIL ORTIZ, JR., Super Lightweight Prospect:
"Lucas Matthysse is a great person and a funny guy. Sparring with him was great. You have to watch out because he hits hard and has a lot of tricks. I feel like I'll do my best under the Joel Diaz training camp. I feel like I won't slack off with him and do my best. Maybe in 2018 my knockout streak will end as I fight tougher and tougher opponents."
DANIEL MARTINEZ, Featherweight Prospect:
"Whatever they put in my way in this new year, I'll do. I'd like to fight more rounds and fight better opponents. I want to move up the rankings this year and be in very tough fights."
ERIC GOMEZ, President of Golden Boy Promotions:
"This fight with Lucas Matthysse was mandated by the WBA. This is a dangerous fight. He's an undefeated puncher with a great style, and they're both big punchers. I know it's going to be a great fight, and I'm really looking forward to it."
Tickets for Matthysse vs. Kiram are currently on sale and are priced at $10, $25, $50 and $100, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or the Forum Box Office (Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. PST to 7:00 p.m. PST) at (310) 330-7300. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING." This special double main event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at The 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, California and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:20 p.m. ET/PT.
About The Forum
The award-winning "Fabulous" Forum, located in Inglewood, CA, is the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment, in addition to select sporting events. The interior of the bowl features flexible seating that ranges from 17,500 seats to 7,000 seats, enabling the venue to attract a wide variety of premier events. Fans at the Forum enjoy approximately 8,000 square feet of event level hospitality offerings, including merchandise, along with food and beverage options from some of SoCal's most celebrated brands. A tinted glass wall separates this concession area from the arena, ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. A 40,000 square foot outdoor terrace surrounds the perimeter of the building and offers food and beverage options, as well as comfortable furnishings, to further elevate guests' enjoyment. The Forum delivers a one-of-a-kind experience for all thanks to its superior acoustics, intimate ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities. Designed with entertainers and performers in mind, the venue includes nine, star-caliber dressing rooms that provide unparalleled comfort. The Forum is part of The Madison Square Garden Company's portfolio of iconic venues, which also includes: New York's Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. For more information, please visit www.fabulousforum.com.
Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai vs Daquan "King" Pauldo Added to Matthysse vs. Kiram and Linares vs. Gesta Undercard January 27th at the Forum in Inglewood, Ca!
(January 8th) Japanese slugger Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) will return after his impressive first shot at a world title to take on Orlando, Florida's Daquan "King" Pauldo (16-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight fight that will top off the non-televised undercard of Matthysse vs. Kiram and Linares vs. Gesta on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The non-televised undercard action will be streamed live on RingTV.com beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT/ 6:00 p.m. ET.
As previously announced, Argentine knockout artist Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) of Chubut, Argentina will take on the explosive undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship in the first co-main event. Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) will defend his WBA, WBC Diamond, and Ring Magazine Lightweight Titles against Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) in a 12-round bout in the second co-main event. This special double main event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Kamegai will return after his impressive outing against former six-time, four-division world champion Miguel Cotto, which was for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title in an HBO-televised main event in August 2017 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Before that fight, Kamegai took part in two consecutive Fight of the Year candidates against Jesus "Renuente" Soto Karass in June and Sept. of 2016. Kamegai will look to earn another shot at a 154-pound title if successful against Pauldo.
Pauldo, a 25-year-old super welterweight contender who was formerly known as Daquan Arnett, has only suffered one loss in his impressive career, which was when he dropped down to 147 pounds to take on tough Golden Boy Promotions contender Eddie "Eboy" Gomez. After returning to 154 pounds, Pauldo has defeated five people in a row, including the experienced Jorge "Pantera" Silva in his last bout in July 2017. A win against Kamegai would give Pauldo a much-earned boost in the super welterweight rankings.
Marcelino "Nino" Lopez (33-21, 18 KOs) the native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and member of the exclusive training camp of Joel Diaz in Indio, Calif., will return in a 10-round super lightweight fight against an opponent that will be announce shortly. Lopez will return after defeating former interim WBA Super Lightweight Champion Pablo "El Demoledor" Cesar Cano via second-round technical knockout.
After seven spectacular wins in 2017, Armenian welterweight prospect Ferdinand Kerobyan (7-0, 4 KOs) will start the new year in a six-round welterweight fight against an opponent that will be announced soon. In his last fight, Kerobyan defeated Tavorus Teague in the ESPN3-streamed undercard of the Dec. 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.
In an exciting and rarely-seen battle between two undefeated prospects, Los Angeles native Tenochtitlan "T-Dog" Nava (7-0, 1 KO) will participate in an eight-round 126-pound clash against Las Vegas' Francisco "El Alacran" Esparza (6-0-1, 2 KOs). Both fighters are known for their come-forward, all-action styles, and with so much on the line, the bout will surely produce fireworks.
Romero "Ruthless" Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) will fight for a second consecutive time at the "Fabulous" Forum in an eight-round lightweight battle against Sacramento, Calif.'s Yardley Armenta (21-9, 12 KOs). The Filipino prospect made his U.S. debut and introduced himself in exciting fashion via a devastating second-round knockout victory against the previously undefeated prospect Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez. Since then, Duno has scored two more victories, which were against Jason Tinampay and Juan Pablo Sanchez respectively.
Undefeated prospect Javier Martinez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will kick off highly-anticipated night of action in a six-round featherweight fight against a soon-to-be-announced opponent.
(December 14th) Two of the world's most exciting fighters, Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) and Jorge "El Nino De Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs), will kick off the 2018 boxing year with a bang as they compete in separate world championship bouts on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, California. This special double main event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:20 p.m. ET/PT.
The first co-main event will see the 35-year-old Matthysse, an absolutely thunderous puncher out of Chubut, Argentina, facing undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram (38-0. 28 KOs) in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship.
"I am honored to be able to fight for a world championship in just my second fight at welterweight," said Matthysse, a former interim world champion at 140 pounds who has defeated the likes of former two-division champion Lamont "Havoc" Peterson, formerWBO Junior Welterweight Champion Ruslan "The Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov and former three-division titlist Humberto "La Zorrita" Soto. "I understand I am facing a younger, undefeated opponent, but I am confident that 'The Machine' will emerge victorious."
Since turning pro at the age of 15, Kiram has torn through an astounding 38 opponents, with 28 of them never hearing the final bell. He won the interim PABA Welterweight Championship in just his sixth fight and defended it - and the full PABA Welterweight title - more than 30 times over seven years. This will mark his first fight outside of Thailand.
"I understand not many people know me in the U.S., but they are in for a big surprise on Jan. 27," Kiram said. "I have never been defeated, and I am fully confident that I will return to Thailand with the WBA Welterweight World Championship around my waist."
In the second co-main event, Linares, a 32-year-old Venezuelan considered one of the top fighters in the world, will make his second trip to the 'Fabulous' Forum in a row to defend his multiple lightweight world championships against the once-defeated Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs).
"I have travelled all over the world to win and defend my titles, and I am looking forward to having my hand raised in victory once again in America," said Linares, the three-division world champion who holds victories over world champions and contenders such as Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla, Kevin "Mighty" Mitchell and Gamaliel "El Platano" Diaz. "I know that Gesta has speed and power, but he hasn't been at this level before, and on Jan. 27, he'll know what it's like to face a world champion."
Gesta, a 30-year-old from the Philippines, has not tasted defeat in six fights, beating quality opponents including Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez and former contender Martin "El Brochas" Honorio. Gesta is getting his second shot at a world championship more than five years after dropping a unanimous decision to Miguel "Titere" Vazquez for the IBF World Lightweight Championship.
"I know firsthand how long it takes to get a shot at a world championship, and I will not allow this opportunity to pass me by," Gesta said. "I understand Linares is a great fighter, but I know I have the skills, speed, power, and great coaching which will get my hand raised in victory."
"What a way to kick of 2018 - with two of the top fighters in the sport taking on younger, hungry challengers," said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. "It's not often you get two main events on one card, but that is what we will have on Jan. 27 at the "Fabulous" Forum. This card will help keep the momentum that boxing established in 2017."
"This is a very important fight for Argentine boxing, for Lucas Matthysse and for Arano Box," said Mario Arano of Arano Boxing. "Matthysse is ready to be a world champion, and we are more than sure that his win will make huge waves throughout the entirety of the Republic of Argentina and South America."
"Thailand has never had a Welterweight World champion before," said Taweesin Terry Laosuwanwat, Manager and Promoter of Kiram. "We are making history here, and Tewa [Kiram] will do anything to win this fight. Tewa has never lost before, and he will keep his undefeated record against Matthysse."
The remainder of the undercard and the ticket information for this stacked event will be announced shortly.