Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO) is set to make his return to the ring after losing a unanimous decision to WBA and WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia in September 2013.
On Saturday, Matthysse will face veteran John Molina (27-3, 22 KO) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The bout is part of a triple-header from Showtime that also features WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa taking on Jerry Belmontes.
The main event is interim WBA welterweight champion Keith "One Time" Thurman defending against Julio Diaz.
It should be a night filled with knockouts.
Here's how you can watch.
Where: StubHub Center in Carson, California
When: Saturday, April 26 at 9 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Livesport.TV (Region Restricted)
The Book on Matthysse
Before he was humbled by Garcia in 2013, Matthysse had built quite a reputation as a feared power puncher at 140 pounds. There was talk about him possibly moving up to 147 pounds to take on some of the bigger names at welterweight.
All of that was put on pause when Garcia handled him rather easily.
It was a great fight, but it's already in the past for myself. However, if there is a chance and the opportunity to fight him one more time, of course, I would fight him.
The way the 31-year-old Argentine performs in this bout will determine if he begins his rise back up the ladder or if Garcia was able to expose something in him that others will exploit.
The Book on Molina
Most fight fans have heard of Molina, but few would regard him as a big-time threat to Matthysse.
He does have an impressive record and a good number of wins by stoppage, but he hasn't captured a win over anyone that would garner the 31-year-old from Covina, Califarnia major respect.
That could change if he upsets Matthysse.
Count Boxing News 24's Scott Gilfoid as a member of the boxing community who isn't impressed with this matchup.
Golden Boy doesn’t really have a lot of options in the 140lb division as far as well-known opposition to feed to Matthysse. It had to be someone that the casual boxing fans were familiar with, and Molina is the guy because of the many times he’s been televised on ESPN and other networks in the U.S. Granted, he’s going to get totally destroyed by Matthysse on April 26th, but at least fans will have heard of him.
I'm not quite as hard on the bout. Matthysse was never a world champion, despite the fact that the hype around seemed to suggest he had reached those heights.
Because of that, there really shouldn't be any expectation that his return to the ring should see him take on a major name.
Molina's experience and success make him a logical and partially interesting choice.
He stands 5'10", which is almost four inches taller than Matthysse. It'll be interesting to see if he can utilize the jab to make the fight competitive.
Who wins Matthysse-Molina, and how?
Molina has the length and a slight edge in speed, but Matthysse's body punching and raw power are the equalizers for those advantages.
He'll be hungry to make a statement coming off a loss.
Molina may have a few moments early, but Matthysse's pressure and body attack will wear him down. Look for the fight to end by seventh-round TKO.
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