Lucas Mattysse-Demarcus Corley Slated for Jan. 21 in Argentina
Argentinian junior welterweight (140 pounds) knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (pictured above, at left) will return to the ring on HBO on Jan. 21 against 36-year-old southpaw, former world titlist DeMarcus Corley at the Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni in Mendoza, Argentina.
Nicknamed "Chop Chop," Corley (37-15-1, 22 knockouts) has lost two straight bouts as well as four of his past five fights and is coming off of November's 12-round, unanimous decision loss to Ukrainian Sergiy Fedchenko (27-1, 13 KOs).
The 28-year-old Mattysse (27-1, 25 KOs) is coming off of November's disputed, HBO televised, 12-round, split-decision loss to 33-year-old, southpaw former three-time titlist Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) of New York.
Judah (pictured above, at right) overcame an early cut beneath his left eye that streamed blood following an accidental head butt and survived a 10th-round knockdown as well as significant punishment over the final three rounds at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.,
Judah won, 114-113, on the cards of judges Joe Pasquale and Hilton Whitaker, and lost by the same score on that of Waleska Roldan. HBO ringside scorer, Harold Lederman, had it for the hard-punching Matthysse, 114-113.
A former holder of the WBA, WBC and IBF welterweight (147 pounds) belts, as well as a former champion with IBF and WBO junior welterweight Judah won for the fourth straight time since losing to Joshua Clottey in August of 2008.
Judah's victory in the IBF eliminator also ended a run of four straight knockouts win by Matthysse, who out-landed Judah, 165-to-150, overall, including 90 body punches. Judah out-jabbed Matthysse, 87-18, over the early portion of the fight, but Matthysse had the advantage in power punches, 147-to-63.
In August, Matthysse had scored his fourth straight stoppage over Mexican-born Rogelio Castaneda Jr. of Sacramento, Calif., before Matthysse's home town fans at Club Atletico Newell's Old Boys in Rosario, Sante Fe, Argentina. Matthysse scored three knockdowns against Castaneda.
Prior to facing Castaneda, Matthysee had stopped former world titlist Vivian Harris (29-5-1, 19 KOs) in the fourth round in February.
Corley rode a 10-fight winning streak that had included four knockouts into a February, 2010, fifth-round knockout loss to then-once-beaten, Freddy Hernandez (29-2, 20 KOs), of Lynwood, Calif., in a Showtime-televised, welterweight match up.
The loss was Corley's first since losing a split-decision to Golden Johnson in Feburary of 2005.
In August, at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Corley lost a toe-toe, clash with then, once-beaten, WBA interim junior welterweight titlist Marcos Rene Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs), rising from an eighth-round knockdown.
In his next match, on Dec. 11, Maidana rose from a first-round knockdown and nearly scored a stoppage of his own in the 10th of an eventual, unanimous decision loss to England's WBA king Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs).
Corley entered the fight with Maidana coming off of an October, fourth-round knockout of Damian Fuller.
Corley has lost in big fights to former world champions, Zab Judah, Floyd Mayweather, and, Miguel Cotto, respectively, by split-decision, unanimous decision, and, fifth-round knockout in July of 2003, May of 2004, and, February of 2005.
One bout after being dethroned by Judah, Corley lost to Mayweather -- but not before wobbling the undefeated fighter with a hard, overhand right in the fourth round.