Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse is Official

Veteran fighters, Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) and Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) will officially square off on Sunday, July 15th at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. The two men will battle for Matthysse's World Boxing Association (WBA) World Welterweight Title that he captured with an eighth round knockout victory over Tewa Kiram on January 27th. Pacquiao is coming off of a unanimous decision defeat to Jeff Horn last July, in which he lost his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) World Welterweight Title. Many observers in the world of boxing were concerned that the fight would not occur due to financial issues, which have been resolved in the last 24 hours.

The eleven fight undercard is loaded with talent, and features three additional world title fights. Filipino featherweight, Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs) will fight Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) World Featherweight Title. South Africa's Moruti Mthalane (35-2, 24 KOs) is scheduled to take on Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6 KOs), a fighter who had a very impressive amateur career, for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Flyweight Title. Venezuela's Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) World Light Flyweight Title against China's Bin Lu (aka Lü Bin) (1-0, 1 KO). Lu, a 2016 Olympian for China, looks to not only win a world title, but also break the record set by Saensak Muangsurin and Vasyl Lomachenko by one fight by becoming a world champion in his second fight.

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