Lucas Matthysse vs Viktor Postol: Who is the 'Iceman?'Written by Joshua Broom
This Saturday night from Carson California’s Stub Hub Center, fight fans will be treated to a World Title tilt at 140 lbs between betting favorite Lucas Martin Matthysse (37-3 34 KO) and unheralded underdog Viktor Postol.
Heading into this fight, the majority of the boxing public already knows who the Argentine slugger Matthysse is but very few non-hardcore fans have heard of his opponent.
Viktor Postol record: 27-0 11 KO
So who is this mystery man dubbed the 'Iceman?' Also, does this relative unknown have any chance of defeating the heavily favored knock-out machine Matthysse?
To answer the latter, we can go to the tale of the tape and see that although Postol is the prohibitive betting underdog, he is abnormally tall for the junior welterweight division.
Viktol Postol height: 5'11"
In fact, at 5’11" he is 5 inches taller than Matthysse and will enjoy a sizable reach advantage over the favored power puncher.
Is Postol the goods? His trainer thinks so.
Viktor Postol trainer: Freddie Roach
Postol is an undefeated, well-schooled fighter from Kiev, Ukraine who is trained by the legendary Freddie Roach and the multiple time Trainer of the Year thinks so highly of Postol that he had this to say to Break concerning his burgeoning 31 year old pupil:
” Postol doesn’t know it yet but he’s my new favorite fighter.”
“He works very hard in the gym, does everything we ask and he can bring it. We can win this fight. It is a tough fight but I know we can win, and Postol knows we will win.”
Though Postol is giving up a huge edge in power and experience against the 33 year old Matthysse, he holds a definitive edge in reach. Of the two, Postol also is the more technically sound fighter, with arguably faster hands. And the fact that he is trained by and held in such high esteem by Roach only further legitimizes his chances of a huge upset this weekend.
Lucas Matthysse vs Viktor Postol revenge factor?
Another motivating factor for Postol to prevail victorious in his WBC Vacant 140 lb title fight is revenge.
Postol’s manager Vadim Kornilov stated to FightNews: “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 against Provodnikov, and we are going to force him to brawl on Saturday night.”
Postol's most impressive wins
- KO 11 Selcuk Aydin (26-2), 2014
- UD 12 Henry Lundy (22-2-1), 2013
Though Postol isn’t a big name he is certainly no “bum of the month” pushover for the favored Matthysse. However, it would greatly behoove Postol to stay on the outside and box with the ultra-heavy handed Argentine who put dispatched many a foe with the kind of concussive one punch knockout power that makes for perfect highlight reel fodder.
If Matthysse wins impressively Saturday night, then perhaps a showdown with legend Manny Pacquiao is in his future.
Conversely, if Postol’s chin can withstand the Matthysse barrage and the skilled Ukranian boxes and works behind a stiff jab against his more famed opponent, then boxing fans around the world may just know the name Viktor Postol after Saturday night.
Lucas Matthysse vs Viktor Postol: Tale of the Tape
-HEIGHT: MATTHYSSE: 5’6…………………………POSTOL:5’11
-WEIGHT: MATTHYSSE: 140 LB………………….POSTOL:140 LB
-RECORD: MATTHYSSE (37-3 34 KO)…………POSTOL (27-0 11 KO)
Lucas Matthysse vs Viktor Vostol will be aired live on HBO: BOXING AFTER DARK, at 10:15 P.M. EST. on Saturday October 3rd.
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