Lucas Matthysse to return at welterweight in mid 2017

December 22, 2016

Lucas Matthysse has always had a penchant for being in exciting fights, and he looks to continue that in 2017, according to BoxingScene.

The two time world title challenger didn’t fight in 2016, and there was some speculation that he may never return to the ring.  After his rough KO loss to Viktor Postol in October 2015 where he sustained an eye injury, Matthysse had said that he was enjoying spending time with his family and wasn’t really thinking about boxing.   But now the 37-4 fighter with 34 KO’s is planning to return in April or May of 2017, according to his agent Mario Arano.

Matthysse had won three straight fights against John Molina Jr., Roberto Ortiz, and Ruslan Provodnikov after his crushing defeat by the hands of Danny Garcia in 2013.  It looked like he’d rebounded from the Garcia loss, but he looked so bad against Postol that taking off 2016 will probably did him a lot of good.

Matthysse interestingly plans to come back at welterweight, which will add even more clutter to that super-crowded and deep division.  If the tough Argentinian can be the guy that he has been in the past in this comeback, he could be a big factor at 147.