Manny Pacquiao will be back in the ring July 15th for a fight against Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The fight will be Pacquiao’s first fight since his controversial defeat to Jeff Horn in July 2017. Horn earned a unanimous decision (117-111, 115-113, 115-113), which raised many eyebrows at the time. The pairing of Pacquiao and Matthysse is bound to create plenty of entertainment. While clearly lacking the punching power he displayed in his prime, Pacquiao remains an aggressive boxer. On the other side, 36 of Matthysse’s 39 wins have come via knockout.
Both fighters have just a sole defeat on their records, against Anthony Joshua, with Whyte losing via seventh-round stoppage to his British rival in December 2015, while Parker’s WBO reign was ended by a points loss to AJ in a unification clash in March. “There’s going to be blood, pain and a knockout. I’m bang up for this,” said Whyte, who tops the bill at his favourite venue in London. “We’re back at The O2, it’s always a great atmosphere inside the arena and I’ll be looking to get a similar result to my last fight there.”
Golovkin, 36, who currently holds three of the four recognised titles at 160 pounds, settled for a split draw in his first fight against Alvarez last September in a blockbuster pay-per-view fight most felt the native of Kazakhstan had won. After Alvarez, the 27-year-old Mexican icon and PPV king in America, was forced to withdraw in May, GGG knocked out late replacement Vanes Martirosyan to equal a middleweight record of 20 title defences.
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