Sev’s Take: Lucas Matthysse vs. Emmanuel Taylor Preview
By Sevak Sarkisian: Fight fans around the world are eagerly waiting for the upcoming mega fight between two Mexican stars in Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6th in what promises to be an entertaining match up between two exciting fighters. However, the main event is not the only attraction on this stacked PPV card. Knock out artist and cult favorite Lucas Matthysse (37-4 34KO’s) will be making his long awaited return back to the ring to take on the tough Emmanuel Taylor (20-4 14KO’s) as part of the under card.
Despite never winning a world title in his career, Lucas Matthysse is undoubting one of the best super lightweights in recent years. He knocked out Lamont Peterson when Peterson was the reigning IBF champion. However, the title wasn’t up for grabs since the fight took place above 140lbs. He also holds great wins over others like John Molina, Mike Dallas Jr, Humberto Soto and Ruslan Provodnikov. Matthysse always likes to come forward and is an offensive minded fighter who is always looking to land his hard shots on his opponents to hurt them or knock them out. He carries one punch knock out power in both hands and knows how to set up his power punches well. He is also usually always game and durable despite him being stopped by Victor Postol in his last fight. Matthysse stands at 5’ 6 ½ according to boxrec and possesses a 69 inch reach. It’s no secret that in order to beat Matthysse one would have to outbox him and work off the jab and keep him at a distance. However, in order for boxer to pull off that type of strategy against him, that fighter would have to also have some punching power to keep Lucas off of him. Matthysse doesn’t have the quickest hands but he’s good at cutting of the ring and has sound technique.
Emmanuel Taylor on the other hand is a tough game fighter who was a prospect/fringe contender few years back. He hold wins over Victor Manuel Cayo and Karim Mayfield but has also been in the ring with the likes of Adrien Broner and Antonio Orozco and has given good accounts of him self. He usually likes to come after his opponents and usually carries an aggressive mindset. However, he is not a hard puncher and usually ends up on the losing end against world class opposition, although he usually always manages to give a good account of himself even in losing. I remember sitting ringside for his fight with Adrien Broner back in 2014 in Broners home town of Cincinnati. Taylor ended up giving Broner an extremely tough fight with Broners knockdown being a deciding factor in the fight in my opinion. Emmanuel Taylor Stands at 5’7 ½ and possesses a 65 inch reach. Given the styles of these two fighters I expect to see a fun entertaining fight. This pay per view card has truly been put together very well and this fight is just many reasons to tune in on May 6th!