2015 has already been an incredible year when it comes to matchmaking. That trend will continue for the final three months and was on full display last Saturday night. Two championship fights were taking place in the junior welterweight division on two competing networks; HBO and Showtime.
HBO had the better matchup on paper as exciting fan favorite Lucas Matthysse was getting another chance at a title against little known number one contender Viktor Postol. A lot was on the line for Matthysse as a win would put him near the top of the list for being in consideration as Manny Pacquaio’s next opponent. In his previous attempt at a belt, Matthysse lost a hard hitting fight against former undisputed junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia on Floyd Mayweather’s undercard last year. Since then Garcia has moved up to welterweight, vacating his titles in the process, while Matthysse has gone on a winning streak including a fight of the year candidate in his matchup with Ruslan Provodnikov.
With all eyes on Matthysse, Viktor Postol was quietly going about his business in the Wild Card gym with trainer Freddie Roach. It would be Postol’s night as the taller boxer controlled the entire fight before finishing of Matthysse with a KO in the 10th round. The win gives Postol and his Top Rank promoter a chance to further showcase his talents on HBO. The WBO champion Terence Crawford is also promoted by Top Rank. The two of them could have a unification matchup early next year with a shot at Pacquiao as a pontial prize for the winner beyond potentially also being named the undisputed champion in the division.
On the other station Showtime, Adrien Broner was getting a title shot even though he just lost in June to Shawn Porter. While that fight was at welterweight, Broner was still very much undeserving of any championship fight and the boxing media would let him know that fact when the fight announcement was made. Broner went into the fight without giving a single interview or making any comments to the media during the weeks before hand as a result of this. His opponent was undefeated Khabib Allakhverdiev who hadn’t fought in a year and a half. Not surprisingly the bigger and fresher Adrien Broner had no problem displacing Khabib and getting the WBA title in the process.
Since Broner is managed by Al Haymon who runs the PBC shows that have been airing on ESPN, Spike, CBS, and NBC, and has a relationship with Showtime, don’t expect to see him in any unification fights with either Crawford or Postol who will both remain with HBO.
It’s not every day that you get to have two title fight’s from the same division happening on the same night but in this night we got lucky. Check the rankings to see the updated placements of the four boxer’s in action and don’t forget to LIKE our FB page and follow us on twitter.
Stay tuned for Triple G in his unification matchup with David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden on HBO PPV on October 17th.