Lucas Matthysse vs Tewa Kiram

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Lucas Matthysse vs Tewa Kiram
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Date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Location: 
The Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
147
Referee: 
Raul Caiz Sr

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Well known destroyer, Argentina's Lucas Matthysse, takes on undefeated Thai, Tewa Kiram, in California.

Matthysse, 35, takes on a much younger, bigger, and more active opponent in Kiram, which makes the fight very interesting, given the vast difference in levels of competition between the two fighters, Matthysse, having been at world level many times, declared the biggest punching welterweight in the world, done everything but become a world champion, and Kiram, having fought only within his own continent, and defeated nothing like the opponents which have been concuered by Matthysse.

The fight is very interesting, very tentative, Kiram, wary, in a fight which is a leap up in class, and also wary of the threat of his very dangerous opponent, Matthysse, slower than in the past, and struggling with the movement and boxing range of his opponent.

The rounds are close, Kiram lands more leather, but lands very few good shots, Matthysse, throwing little, having little success, but not deterred at any point, and landing with the heavier punches.

Nobody seems to be taking a clear lead in the fight, after 7 tentative rounds, but it is the wall smashing veteran who changes the fight in the eighth, shortly after changing the fight, he finishes the bout, bulldozing Kiram, twice, his best attribute, his power, serving him well.




Fan Cards: Lucas Matthysse vs Tewa Kiram


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUCAS MATTHYSSE
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
66
TEWA KIRAM
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
67


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUCAS MATTHYSSE
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
65
TEWA KIRAM
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
68


scorecard by BOXING PURIST
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUCAS MATTHYSSE
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
66
TEWA KIRAM
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
67


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUCAS MATTHYSSE
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
67
TEWA KIRAM
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
66


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUCAS MATTHYSSE
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
68
TEWA KIRAM
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
65


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUCAS MATTHYSSE
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
66
TEWA KIRAM
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
67


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUCAS MATTHYSSE
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
66
TEWA KIRAM
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
67


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
LUCAS MATTHYSSE
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
68
TEWA KIRAM
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
65


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Looking forward to this fight. I think Kiram will be written off against Matthysse, but that shouldn't be the case, he's 25, 38-0, he hasn't faced anyone with nearly the name of Lucas Matthysse in his career, this really is a step up in class, but he has defended an Asian title (PABA) many times, this title, he won in 2012, he defended the belt 24 times, he hasn't fought an unbeaten opponent since 2010, Kiram, which doesn't look good for his previous opposition, he hasn't fought anyone outside of his home continent I don't think, no big names, but to be fair, he hasn't fought an opponent with a losing record, since 2013, so he isn't a bum beater.

Matthysse's the favourite, and so he should be, he has a lot more experience than Kiram, he's been at world level many times, his only losses came against Devon Alexander, Zab Judah, Danny Garcia, Viktor Postol, and Matthysse, with wins over Lamont Peterson, Ruslan Provodnikov, Ajose Olusegun. Matthysse's won 35 of the 38 fights he has won, by knockout, Danny Garcia maintains to this day, that Matthysse was the hardest hitter he ever faced, Matthysse's power is frightening, he has the ability to knock anybody out, you can't afford to make mistakes against him, as Lamont Peterson learned, the hard way. If Matthysse, experience, pedigree aside, lands clean on Kiram's chin, lands flush, he could go to sleep, I think he probably will, his punch resistance, durability will certainly be tested.

I think Kiram will win this one, upset Lucas Matthysse, one mistake, and that could be it, game over, but I think Kiram will box out of his skin, aim not to put a foot wrong, in a fight like this, against a name like Matthysse, he'll surely want to make a statement. I think Kiram is getting Matthysse at the right time, he has 10 years on him, there really is no substitute for youth, that could be a big factor in this fight. Matthysse is 35 now, he's been through the mill in his career, he's also fought once in the last 2 years. Matthysse, in a dogfight, is an animal, but at distance, in a tentative fight, he's very beatable, he's not a defensive genius, he has issues with his eyes, and he's readable, he doesn't take the force off punches coming his way, and having taken some beatings in his career, on the edge if being stopped against Provodnikov, his punch resistance may not be what it used to be. Kiram has had 7 fights in the time it has taken Matthysse to have 1, so he's been the far busier fighter, so there are reasons to believe he'll win this one, on the other hand, against who?, sometimes, it is about levels, and with Matthysse having competed at a high level for so long, being such a puncher, it isn't hard to see why he is expected to win this one.

Champion97's picture

Before talking about the fight, let's hope Kiram's safety is in tact, that is always more important than anything else in boxing.

Champion97's picture

I think all is well, Kiram is sitting up and talking, which is a very good sign.
Very happy for Matthysse, tears of joy from him, you can see what victory means to the Argentine warrior.

Champion97's picture

That was a very interesting fight.
I thought Kiram was boxing out of his skin, he was moving well, the basics were working for him, Matthysse looked slow, age was a factor, his reflexes were letting him down, he missed with some right hands, and the youth, and underrated skill of Kiram was causing him a lot of trouble, but he knew from experience that he shouldn't throw too many punches, waste too much gas in the tank, but just apply pressure, be patient, make the other guy exert himself.

I said it before the fight, power like Matthysse's is close to inhuman, he punches like an absolute beast, that kind of power can count out a lot of factors which are otherwise very important, such as a 10 year age advantage, vast difference in activity, miles on the clock, because one mistake, and you are in trouble, it takes just one mistake, and to decrease the chances of getting sparked against a Matthysse, you have to be used to boxing guys at this level, who can punch, just to a lesser degree, and Kiram, he'd done great, 38-0, but all his fights were at Asian level, all within his own continent. I think the previous difference in levels was a factor, but not really a big factor, I think a lot of this was about power, and simply how much damage Matthysse can inflict upon any opponent.

Not for a second do I think Matthysse is as good as he once was, he's still been inactive, there are still a lot of miles, he's still 35 years old, although, power is his best attribute, and that, unlike speed, agility, stamina, recovery, punch resistance (the list goes on) is not something you lose until you are very old, it just makes you more of a one trick pony. I think Matthysse is declining and has been for years, if that had been an opponent who had had the successful career Kiram has had, a level above, made a couple of crucial mistakes, less, Matthysse could have been, I think would have been, comfortably beaten. It is great that Matthysse accomplished this title, you have to be happy for him, he can still compete, have a strong chance of winning, just not at the level he used to fight at, but at any level, against any opponent, he'll always be a threat, a danger, because of his insane power.

I hope Kiram bounces back from this, he's 25, I do not think this is one of many punishing fights he has had, and often, it is the stoppages which involve a high quantity of punches, that do damage, but no matter your age, or other beatings, certain knocks, falls, shots from huge punchers, who scramble a fighter's brain, knock the sense, (temporarily) the memory out of him, they can always be damaging, and lessen a fighters punch resistance, taking punches is not a recommended, to put it lightly. Kiram might retire early, make a career switch, wouldn't be unwise, would be smart, and safe, he should be proud of all he achieved in boxing, and the warrior instinct, heart he showed in defeat, but maybe he will decide to resume his career, rebuild, box through his prime years, it is highly possible, quite a few fighters suffer nasty knockouts, but they don't usually have to retire, and Matthysse has mashed fighters before, but not retired them, but that was a worrying looking finish to the fight, so you don't know, the most important thing is that he is fine in a neurological sense, as is always the case in boxing.

Champion97's picture

Interestingly, the judges were split after 7, and none of them scored it close. Matthysse and Kiram both had a judge give them 5 of the first 7 rounds, the third judge had Matthysse ahead by 5 points. I think there was almost nothing in it after 7 rounds, but it is of no matter, because Matthysse won that fight, and he did it in fine form.