FORMER Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) and former WBC International Super Lightweight Champion Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) hosted the final press conference yersterday ahead of their battle for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship. Matthysse vs. Postol will take place October 3 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
The press conference also featured co-main event fighters Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs), a former three-division world champion, and undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs) who will battle in a career-defining 10-round super lightweight bout to open up the HBO telecast.
Non-televised undercard fighters including Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs), Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-2, 16 KOs), Nick Arce (4-0, 4 KOs), Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (31-1-1, 16 KOs), D’Mitrius Ballard (9-0, 7 KOs), and Kevin “K-Smoove” Rivers Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs) were also present.
Presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion, the championship event Matthysse vs. Postol will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
Here is what the fighters and their teams had to say about the event on Oct. 3:
LUCAS “LA MAQUINA” MATTHYSSE, Former Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Champion:
“I’ve very excited, I’m happy to be back in Carson to fight at the Stub Hub Center on October 3.
“Thank you to Viktor Postol and his team for taking this fight. I can’t wait for Saturday.”
VIKTOR “THE ICEMAN” POSTOL, Former WBC International Super Lightweight Champion:
“I’m glad to be here; I’ve waited for this opportunity a long time. I have been preparing for this fight like no other training camp I’ve had before.
“I’ve had a great camp. I’ve sparred with [Manny] Pacquaio and many other great fighters at the Wild Card Gym. I have all the experience now that people will underestimate. Good luck to Matthysse, and I can’t wait for this fight.”
VADIM KORNILOV, Manager for Viktor Postol:
“This is a revenge fight for our team after Lucas defeated Ruslan Provodnikov earlier this year. We know he can brawl with Postol, and we will be ready for that. I think our team can be victorious because we will be prepared for whatever he has in the ring.
“He was afraid to brawl Provodnikov, and we are going to force him to brawl on Saturday night.”
MARVIN SOMODIO, Assistant Trainer for Freddie Roach to Viktor Postol:
“Freddie Roach is not here today so I’m still in charge. This is going to be the second time our team has faced Lucas (after facing him earlier this year on Provodnikov’s team). On Saturday night, we are not going to let Lucas win again.”
HUMBERTO “LA ZORRITA” SOTO, Former Three-Division World Champion:
“I want to thank my team that has been with me through it all working very hard.
“On Saturday night, it’s not Orozco or Soto that will be the winner; the fans will be the winners in the ring that night.”
ANTONIO “RELENTLESS” OROZCO, Undefeated Contender:
“These last three months I’ve worked very hard, thanks to my team for all their support.
“I just want to show that I’m ready for the big leagues.
“I want to give the boxing fans what they want and deserve with this fight. I know it won’t be easy against Humberto Soto. I’m going to prove on October 3 that I’m ready for the big leagues.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“Ticket sales indicate we will have a total sell out on Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center. A fighter from Ukraine and a fighter from Argentina are selling out a venue in Los Angeles. That’s how you know this is going to be an exciting fight.
“Winning this fight would mean that next year Lucas Matthysse could be in line to have the best challenges against fighters like Manny Pacquaio.”
BERNARD HOPKINS, Future Hall of Fame Fighter and Business Partner at Golden Boy Promotions:
“We are doing what we announced we would do last year and set out to do: put on the best fights for the fans. Now, we are doing it and you’ll see that on October 3 with Matthysse vs. Postol. The last three months of this year you are going to see some exciting fights starting with this event Saturday on HBO.”
PETER NELSON, Vice President of Programming for HBO Sports:
“Thank you to the fighters and their teams. The co-feature will be a great fight; thank you for taking on a difficult challenge.
“Golden Boy Promotion’s mission, which they have told us repeatedly, is for the best to fight the best. They want to work with anyone in boxing to make these fights. They have proven again and again with their fights this fall that their commitment to doing that is real.
“You need to have fighters that dare to be great. People don’t watch sports for pre-determined results-they watch for competition and authenticity. HBO is privileged to have Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank as a partner for this event that will no doubt be a great fight.”
MARIO ARANO, Manager to Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse:
“I’ve very honored and proud that Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, two of the best promoters, worked together to put this fight on.
“The fans will get the best Lucas Matthysse they’ve ever seen on October 3. Lucas is ready to take this title back to Argentina.
“Boxing in the U.S. has suffered from a change. One of the best fighters in the sport has just retired. However, the fans will win because the two best fighters in the sport, Canelo Alvarez and Lucas Matthysse, will take the crown next.”
JULIAN “EL CAMARON” RAMIREZ, Featherweight Prospect:
“I have trained very hard for this and I am ready for the fight. I know my opponent is a strong brawler and I like to brawl it out too. There will be fireworks on Saturday night.”
MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA, Former World Title Contender:
“On Saturday night I will show you all who ‘No Mercy’ is.”
NICK ARCE, Super Featherweight Prospect:
“I want to thank everyone who is here today. This fight is very special to me, this fight is dedicated to Gracie who is battling breast cancer. This fight is for her and I am proud to be wearing pink in the ring.”
MARCELINO “NINO” LOPEZ, Super Lightweight Contender:
“I want to thank everyone for this opportunity. I am grateful to my team for making this fight happen.”
D’MITRIUS BALLARD, Light Heavyweights Prospect:
“I’m looking forward to putting on a great show Saturday night.”
KEVIN “K-SMOOVE” RIVERS JR., Super Featherweight Prospect:
“It’s my first time fighting in the west coast and I’m coming to put on a show and take over. I am very grateful and excited to be here.”