Lucas Matthysse says he has no regrets over staying with Golden Boy

Ruslan Provodnikov, Lucas Matthysse

Lucas Matthysse, left, takes an uppercut from Ruslan Provodnikov in an April bout. Matthysse won the 12-round fight.

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Lucas Matthysse didn’t need to specify the amount.

The boxer from Argentina acknowledged through an interpreter Wednesday that for “dinero,” he could have left Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions for powerful manager Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions within the past year.

Such a shift might have put the light-welterweight in stronger position to land a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight, or collect more millions, with PBC backed by powerful money men.

Instead, Matthysse (37-3, 34 knockouts) remained loyal to his existing promoter De La Hoya.


And after winning the 2014 fight of the year award for his battle at StubHub Center versus John Molina, Matthysse followed that with another thriller (won by decision) in April in New York over slugger Ruslan Provodnikov.

On Wednesday, Matthysse appeared in Los Angeles to promote his Oct. 3 fight at StubHub against Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) of the Ukraine for the vacant World Boxing Council 140-pound belt.

An all-action fighter, Matthysse proudly displayed a Golden Boy T-shirt he was wearing when asked about the test of loyalty.

“The respect they gave me and that I gave them … mutual respect. They’ve always showed me loyalty,” Matthysse said in Spanish. “I’ve always been happy. It’s a family there. I’m always going to stick with them.”


Up the street in downtown Los Angeles, Mayweather was announcing his Sept. 12 fight against three-times-beaten former welterweight champion Andre Berto.

Matthysse joked when asked whether he believes Mayweather will fight again after Berto, saying it probably would be against “an even easier opponent” than the 40-to-1 underdog.

Matthysse said he remains highly interested in a Mayweather fight, but with Golden Boy embroiled in a lawsuit against PBC, that match is doubtful.

“It was promised and taken away. I would love to fight him,” Matthysse said. “I would make a great strategy and go in to win the fight.”

He said he has no regrets over the decision.

“They were offering more money, but I’m loyal to my family,” Matthysse said. “I have my [title] shot. I’d never betray my family. Money can’t buy everything and it can’t buy me.”

A Golden Boy official promised that Matthysse is in for “the biggest fights possible,” perhaps even at welterweight.

“I have to win a title first, then the money and the big fights will come,” Matthysse said.



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