Lucas Matthysse vs Tewa Kiram
Well known destroyer, Argentina's Lucas Matthysse, takes on undefeated Thai, Tewa Kiram, for a vacant version of the WBA welterweight world title.
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.
Matthysse is in tears of joy as he becomes a world champion, having come close in the past, but never quite managing to win a belt.