Lucas Matthysee (37-3-1ND-34K) v. Viktor Postol (27-0-11K)
HBO’S talking heads Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. guessed wrong again last night, but as usual, did their usual about face. They spent most of the night describing what a monster Matthysee was and wondered aloud what sorta’ chance the unheralded Postol had. Postol looks like the old Carlos Zarate but with much less power. Before I get to the action itself, let me talk about referee Jack Reiss . The general feeling among fight fans is if you don’t notice the ref, he’s doing his job. Well, I noticed the HELL outta’ Reiss last night and for this scribe, that wasn’t a plus. I’ve known Jack for many years and consider him a friend and congratulate him for getting a lotta’ prime time assignments lately. BUT, I wonder if he’s not feeling himself just a tad. I first got that feeling when he reffed the GGG-Monroe fight at the Forum a while back. Monroe was dropped late in that fight and was obviously waving the White flag. Reiss counted to ten and actually yelled “ten” as Monroe got to his feet. Reiss then said, “you just beat the count, you just made it”. Well, once he said “ten” in my opinion, he didn’t just make it.
Now, about last night, I wasn’t in the dressing room when he gave the fighters their instructions but from the way things turned out, he must’ve told Matthysee, ‘I’m allowing you a minimum of six rabbit punches a round’. I have never seen so many punches behind the head and then hear the ref justify them. Once he said to the complaining Postol, “you’re holding him, that’s why he’s hitting you behind the head’, WTH? Later he said, ‘you’re bending over that’s why you’re getting hit behind the head’, then immediately turned to Lucas and said, “don’t hit him behind the head”. C’mon Jack, you can’t have it both ways. I guess if Postol turned his back he would’ve allowed Lucas to drill him and say, ‘hey, don’t turn your back’. While in a clinch, he said to Matthysee, “pull your arm back”, so what, is he his coach too? He yelled to Postol, “you can fight in the clinch, Viktor”. Damn, doesn’t he think the guy knows that? He even went to Postol’s corner and repeated it. If the ref already gave his instructions I see no reason to be coaching the fighters during the fight. Maybe it’s my old ass, but that is too intrusive. I’m sure Postol was wondering wth was going on. I’m surprised he didn’t tell Lucas to ‘use both hands inside’. Anyway, it didn’t help Lucas, regardless how many times he was allowed to commit his many fouls.
While not the imposing monster Lucas was, with just 11 kos on his slate, Postol, aside from a few jarring right hands in the middle rounds, didn’t have much trouble with his hard charging foe. The talking heads even started babbling some damn nonsense that Reiss’ intrusions somehow made the fight exciting, I damn near threw up over such foolish comments. I always get a chuckle from Roy when he switches horses mid race. He had Postol on the verge of getting trashed, then when he saw how easy he was handling Lucas, started telling how “Postol just might knock him out”. Nice, Roy.
Mattheysee is a fun fighter to watch but if he’s not in a brawl, he has issues and his shortcomings showed last night. He had issues in his loss against Danny (Gift) Garcia but against John Molina Jr., even though he was dropped twice, he was outstanding. All in all, it was a pretty entertaining fight right up until Lucas, dare I say, quit? Lucas was losing steam from missing so many hail Marys and was being outboxed throughout. In the 8th round, he was spun completely around from Postol’s assault. But to his credit, Viktor didn’t hit him with a rabbit punch. Reiss was probably thinking ‘you had your shot’. In the 10th round, a nice counter right over Lucas’ jab dropped him and to everybody’s surprise, Mr, hard nosed tough guy took the ten count on one knee. When he finally stood, I expected Reiss to say ‘ you just made it’. But he didn’t.
Antonio Orozco (22-0-15K ) V. Humberto Soto (65-8-35K)
And now, to my favorite type of hookup, the wily ‘ol vet versus the trending prospect. Soto was always one of my favorite guys to watch. He has decent pop, a ton of experience boxes well, works the body with both hands. The youngster, Orozco was the hot shot and facing his first serious test, the type of fights a guy has to have if he’s harboring championship aspirations. I remember seeing him a while back in this same ring, brutalizing some poor soul and thought, ‘damn he’s pretty nice’. So tonight, it was time, would he catch Soto on the downstroke after being off for nearly a year or will he catch the ‘ol vet on the wrong night? Well, in a very good, hard fought scrap, it was a combination of both. At times Orozco would get caught slipping and got drilled by hard right hands and left hooks from a ‘ready’ Soto.
Orozco isn’t called ‘The Relentless One for the hell of it ( no offense to former heavyweight boss Lamont Brewster), and he soaked up all the incoming that Soto sent his way and was there for more. His shots would occasionally stray low (costing him a point late), but I’d say he passed a big test with high marks. His body assault took it’s toll on Soto, making him pick his spots to launch, late in the fight. I think the fact Soto was originally a feather weight fighting now at this higher weight had a lot to do with not being able to hurt Antonio, a naturally bigger guy. In spite of the point deduction for a low blow in the 9th round, the youngster still won a unanimous decision. He’s come a long way from the night I saw him damn near get stopped by Miguel Angel Huerta at Fantasy Springs in January of last year. So now, he’s fought a couple of highly experienced guys, Emanuel Burton, Steve Forbes and now, Soto. Seems like he’s adding all the ingredients he needs to ‘get there and stay there’. This is the way you fashion a fighter’s career. If he was a Hollogram (Al Haymon) fighter, he would never gain this type of experience.
Broner Gets Just What He Needed
Adrien Broner (30-2-22K) v. Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1-9K)
Former two-time world champion Adrien (the Problem) Broner neede someone slow, powerless and minus any real boxing skill and tonight, he got exactly that. Though he talked more than Broner in the buildup, Khabib was way outta’ his league. He was no more than target practice for the sharp-shooting, loudmouthed, clownish –ass Broner. Broner was insisting he was now a “changed man” and was dropping the clown act. Still he entered the ring looking like Issac Hayes with that beard and dark shades, dripping in chains and a Orange and Black holloween outfit. Dancing and chewing his gum, getting his hair brushed, running around the ring talking to everybody during the fight, yeah, he changed alright. At one point during the round, he ran over to the ropes to yell, “Paulie, I’m in shape, man”. To commentator Paulie Malinaggi. I was shocked that Paulie didn’t respon with some negative shit about many Pacquiao, since that’s all that clown seems to do these days. I’ve never seen a guy with such an erection for another fighter.
Anyway, this looked like one of those Mayweather fights. A flatfooted, slow, powerless guy with no chance to win. He struggled and dia all he could, I guess and I’m still wondering how this was some title fight. He made Broner look good. Adrien was sharp, fast and on point for the most part but that bullshit act took a lot away from the fight for me. He was totally disrespectful of his opponent (and tha’ game) with his antics. He would never try that shit against a Terrence Crawford (Terrance Howard of Empire, maybe, MAYBE). Crawford would kill this guy if they fought. After the ref allowed this hapless guy to get get his ass continuously broken into for 11 plus rounds, the ref finally stopped it, with 39 seconds left. At the stoppage, Broner dropped to his knees as if he was consuming another nasty stripper. Then the real ghetto came out. With his mom and dad at his side, when asked a question by Jim Gray, Broner said, “man, I’m mfk’n tired as sht”. This is disgusting, seeing a grown-ass man disrespecting his parents on national tv. I can only imagine what his wife and 6 kids must hear when he’s in a bad mood, after all, he was in a good mood when he made last night’s comments. When asked what weight he felt comfortable weight for him, he said some dumb shit like,” aaaah it don’t matter, whatever weight my opponent is, I feel good at”. Really, is that why you went back down in weight, Mr. B? But overall, he got the right opponent to stop his slide. He mentioned how he was ashamed to have lost to Shawn Porter, but I missed the part where he wanted a do over, I guess.
In Other Action….
In another ‘title fight that didn’t feel like one, veteran Edner Cherry (34-6-2-1NC-19K) emerged from hibernation, only to lose against Jose Pedraza (20-1—12) for the IBF Jr. Lightweight belt. This one had it’s moments, along with scattered boos and lots of clinching. This was a ‘succotash’ fight, with a bit of everything. I’m almost ready to get up off some change for the GGG card. I smell and upset.The smilin’ Watsons were in full force tonight. At times, there was one in one fighter’s corner, another in the other corner and I could’ve sworn I saw Papa Watson refereeing with an aunt or two keeping score.