Q&A with La Máquina

By Robert Ecksel on September 29, 2015
Q&A with La Máquina
"I come from a family of fighters and boxing was something that happened naturally."

Thirty-three-year-old Lucas Matthysse fights 31-year-old Viktor Postol for the vacant WBC World super lightweight title…

On Saturday, October 3, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs), the 33-year-old knockout artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, fights 31-year-old Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, for the vacant WBC World super lightweight title.

When the chance to interview Matthysse was suggested by Golden Boy Promotions, I jumped at the opportunity. He is a thrilling performer. He is never in a dull fight. He is as tough as they come.

Coming from a family of fighters, what was your earliest boxing memory and how old were you at the time?

I have been boxing my whole life, my father is a fighter, my mother is a fighter, I think is best to say there isn’t a time I don’t remember boxing.

Was it your father or older brother Walter who first showed you how to box?

It was a family affair if you would like to call it that. I come from a family of fighters and boxing was something that happened naturally for me.

However important boxing was in your life when you were growing up, you were still a child among other children. At that time, how did those other children look upon your boxing? Was it a mystery to them?

Boxing is a tradition in my family and it felt very normal for me growing up. It is something that I shared with the people that I loved and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Did you always feel, particularly when you were young, that boxing set you apart, and in what ways. Also, how did that “special-ness” make you feel? That you were different? Or that you were lucky enough to have found something that gave your life meaning, even at such a young age.

I don’t think I ever felt different or special because of boxing. Boxing was something that my family loved and something that I love and enjoyed doing.

You turned pro in 2004 and were undefeated in your first 27 fights. Your first loss was to Zab Judah in 2010. Were you philosophical about that defeat, accepting that loss is always a possibility when competing in a sport as “naked” as boxing? Or were you shocked at having suffered you defeat?

Boxing is an unpredictable sport, you ever know what the outcome will be. The best thing to do is be as prepared as possible. In terms of the defeat, it wasn’t something I expected but it is something that I learned from

You experienced a second loss seven months later, to Devon Alexander. Was there something going on in your life at that time that contributed to that loss or was it a matter of the competition having gotten tougher as you moved up the rankings? Another possibility is that those decisions against you were questionable.

Like I said you can never predict the way a fight will go.

Having 34 knockouts in 37 fights qualifies you as one of premier knockout artists in boxing today. As a KO artist, I’d like to know if power is something that can be developed in the gym, by leveraging your punches, et cetera, or is power something that is God-given?

I think it is both.

Assuming you’ve watched tapes of your next opponent, Viktor Postal, what are your impressions of him as a fighter?

Viktor is one of the top contenders for the world title for reason. I am prepared to face him on October 3.

If you had to describe yourself to someone who had never seen you fight before, what would to tell them?

I am an entertaining fighter to watch.

You are a thrilling performer. Win, lose, or draw, every one of your fights is compelling. You have fans all over the world. What message would you like to leave for those of us who delight in watching you fight?

Thank you for all the support and I am very grateful to all of them.

Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark starting at 10:15 ET/PT.

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  1. Caryn A. Tate 03:52pm, 09/30/2015

    Loved this! Thanks for interviewing one of my favorite fighters, Robert :)

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:23pm, 09/29/2015

    “Hillary doesn’t need anyone to debate with because she takes both sides of every issue.” (Jackie Mason)

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:34pm, 09/29/2015

    I give him all the credit in the world for pounding a bat shit crazy John Molina about a foot deep into the canvass. Molina like so many other wack-a-doodles in this “sport” tries harder against certain fighters….for whatever reason. He sure as fuk wasn’t hell bent for leather with Broner.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:31am, 09/29/2015

    Everything he said made sense to me….no pretense…..no excuses…kinda’ like the way he fights….see the target, hit the target.

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