Fans certainly don’t have any right to complain about what Golden Boy Promotions has done for the sport of boxing over the past decade, the April 26th card featuring Keith Thurman Junior, Lucas Matthysse, & Omar Figueroa has to lack a bit of excitement on its B side. The card could end up being the quickest in boxing history come to think of it. Originally, this card was to be billed as a “heavy hitters” night, & that it will be. The three fighters are all set to face opponents that they are expected to breeze by, opponents that will do little to help their promising careers. Nonetheless, a scouting report is necessary.
Out of Weslaco, Texas, Omar Figueroa has not fought since is brutal slug fest with Nihito Arakawa last summer. He has scheduled bouts, only to need more time to rehabilitate his hands that were severely hurt after landing an average of 80 power shots per round against Arakawa. The young fighter being promoted by Golden Boy is the current WBC Lightweight title holder & will defend his belt against Jerry Belmontes, (19-3). Belmontes, from Corpus Christi, is just a year older than Figueroa at 25. Perhaps the only question stemming from this match up currently is whether Figueroa is fully recovered & how his hands will continue to hold up in 12 round match ups as he continues to try & dominate his division.
Argentine Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse is looking to bounce back after his September 14th loss to current junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia. In the September bout, Mattyhsse was knocked down for the first time in his career. John Molina is the man he will need to get past in order to get back on track. Molina (27-3), has recently had a most impressive come back win against Mickey Bey. He seemed all but defeated until knocking out Bey, the Mayweather Promotions fighter, in the 10th round of their bout. Matthysse is fully expected to take care of business in this bout.
Keith “One Time” Thurman has been on a tear through the welterweight division. The man has 22 victories, 0 losses, & 20 of those victories have come by KO. He has called out everyone from Paulie Malignaggi to Floyd Mayweather Junior, & many are starting to take him seriously, as they should. Recently, Richard Schaefer came out & stated that it is truly getting hard to find opponents for Thurman Jr. While 22 victories does not make you an all time great, 20 knockouts out of 22 opponents certainly will get your name in talks. More importantly, the sheer skill that Thurman has displayed continues to get him respect. Rather than an upper tier name among welterweights, Thurman will face off against Julio Diaz (40-9-1). Casual fans will not jump from their seats after seeing Diaz’s name, but the positive is that a victory over Diaz would be another quality win for Thurman as he seeks to challenge the best.
April is an exciting month for fans & while the bouts set for the 26th may not be what some had hoped, they should be a fantastic appetizer for the busy & thrilling summer schedule already on tap.