|Birthdate||September 27, 1982|
|Birth Place||Chubut, Argentina|
|Record||Won 33 / Lost 2 / Drawn 0 / 31 KO's|
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A 28-year old banger with thunder in his fists, Lucas Martin Matthysse has a reputation for exciting fights and even more exciting finishes, and he plans on adding another victim to his resume when he takes on former world champion DeMarcus Corley in Mendoza, Argentina on January 21st.
The brother of former world title challenger Walter Matthysse, Lucas followed his brother into the professional boxing ranks in June of 2004, when he made his debut with a second round TKO of Leandro Almagro. Thus began a local reign of terror that saw Matthysse tear through the Argentinean boxing scene with frightening power and efficiency.
In his first three years in the fight game, Matthysse compiled a stellar 18-0 record with 17 knockouts. The only fighter Matthysse didn’t knock out, Bernardino Gonzalez, was disqualified in the third round. Eight first round knockouts were part of this amazing streak, and none of Lucas’ opponents made it past the third round.
On June 2, 2007, Ariel Francisco Burgos became the first man to extend Matthysse past round three, and he was knocked out in the fourth round in a bout that earned Lucas the WBO Latino super lightweight title.
In 2008, Matthysse’s string of excellence continued, as he went 3-0 with two knockouts and one no-contest. He even showed his ability to fight a hard ten rounds as he scored a near shutout victory over Carlos Adan Jerez on December 20, 2008.
In 2009, Luis Ernesto Jose (KO2) and Florencio Castellano (KO4) both fell at the hands of Matthysse, with the latter victory earning the Argentinean the interim WBO Latino title.
But his biggest victory was to come, as he stopped former world champion Vivian Harris in four rounds on February 20, 2010 to move even closer to a title shot that he hopes will come soon so he can bring a championship belt back home to Argentina.
On August 27th, Matthysse defended his WBO Latino belt with a devastating first round knockout of Rogelio Castaneda Jr. in which he sent his foe to the canvas three times. This win set the stage for what was an epic battle against former World Champion Zab Judah on November 6, 2010. The powerful Argentinean, whom Judah tabbed as the hardest puncher he ever fought, dropped the former World Champion and almost knocked him out before losing a disputed split decision in Judah’s backyard in Newark, New Jersey. The defeat was Matthysse’s first in his stellar six-year professional career. But, on January 21, Matthysse expects to take his frustration out on Corley and leave the judges out of the equation.
Matthysse is currently currently ranked fourth in the world by the WBO and eighth by the IBF.