By Jeff Newman: World Boxing Council (WBC) president Mauricio Sulaiman is hoping that the winner of the October 3rd fight between #1 WBC Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) and #2 WBC Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) will fight the winner of the Humberto Soto vs. Antonio Orozco fight, which is on the undercard at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The fights will be televised on HBO Championship Boxing. There’s no word yet from Golden Boy Promotions whether they have any interest in matching Matthysse, if he wins, against the winner of the Soto-Orozco fight, but it makes a lot of sense for that fight to be made.
#3 WBC Amir Iman is hoping to get a shot at the winner of the Matthysse vs. Postol fight, so it’s possible that fight might need to come first before the Soto vs. Orozco winner can challenger for the title. The WBC 140lb title will be on the line for the Matthysse vs. Postol fight.
“If there is a chance the winner of Matthysse v Postol and Humberto Soto v Antonio Orozco meet next then I like that fight and I think that would be a possibility,” Suliaman said via worldboxingnews.net.
It might not be that interesting if Matthysse and Soto are the ones that emerge victorious in their fights because Matthysse absolutely destroyed Soto several years ago in stopping him in five one-sided rounds. Suliaman might think it’s a good thing to have the Soto-Orozco winner face the Matthysse-Postol winner, but we’re talking about a potential mismatch in the not too distant future if that fight comes off.
Suliaman would be better off encouraging the winner of the Matthysse vs. Postol fight to face Amir Iman instead because at least there would be some actual suspense involved in that fight. Sulaiman needs to realize that there are levels in boxing and an old warrior like Soto doesn’t belong in the same ring as Matthysse, and probably not the 5’11” Postol either.
There are some good fights that can occur in the 140lb division, such as the Matthysse-Postol winner facing someone like Lamont Peterson, but definitely it’s not a good idea for them to be facing Soto or Orozco. Those guys are too beatable. Soto was a good fighter years ago when he fought at super featherweight and lightweight, but he doesn’t belong in the 140lb division in my view. Soto would be better off trimming down and fighting at lightweight or super featherweight.