Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) terminated Lucas Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) with a 10th round knockout, claiming the WBA light-welterweight crown at the StubHub Center in California this evening.
Matthysse was stopped by a punch that seemed to have damaged him, rather than prevented him from getting back up.
Postol clinched excessively throughout the contest – landing shots, then clinching in order to avoid a response. However, Matthysse didn’t have an answer for such a tactic – one which clearly frustrated him.
In fact, Matthysse didn’t seem to have any answers on the evening. When the Argentinian was on the outside, he would get hit with Postol’s shots, and when in range he would find himself tied up.
Yet even though he failed to provide answers to Postol’s tactics, Matthysse was the clear aggressor for the vast majority of the fight.
Postol was warned twice in the fifth round for clinching but wasn’t deducted points even though he continued to clinch as the fight progressed.
In the eighth Postol caught Matthysse with a nice left hook, at which point the Argentinian seemed to go off the rails.
After noticing the change in Matthysse, Postol looked for the kill, and in the tenth he found it.