Argentina's Lucas "La Máquina" Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) and undefeated number one contender Viktor "The Iceman" Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) took to the stage last night to fight for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title. For Matthysse, it was another night of falling short of a major title as he was upset by Postol. In front of over 7K people at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, Postol scored a shocking 10th round TKO to pull of a major upset.
The fight got off to an exciting start with Matthysse mounting an aggressive offense, but Postol effectively used his height and reach to strategically render Matthysse's attempts at an assault ineffective. Matthysse then changed tactics and came back in later rounds using long crosses and jabs to maintain enough distance to lodge an effective attack. By the end of round six, Matthysse hit his stride, tripping Postol up with a powerful right hook. However, Postol rebounded from Matthysse's assault by lodging an effective combo series to end the round. With just seconds left in round ten, Matthysse was hit by Postol's left uppercut cross that sent him to the ground, effectively ending the match-up. Postol successfully defended his undefeated record and won the match in a knockout.