One of the stories under the limelights of last year was the KO inflicted by Thai fighter Srisaket Sor Rungvisai upon the reknown Nicaraguan Román ‘Chocolatito’ González. In this 2018 that just started, Tewa Kiram hopes to emulate his countryman with a victory over the Argentinian Lucas Matthysse. However, the idol from Trelew, Argentina, guarantees there will be no surprises and promises that next January 27, Argentina will have a new champion.
Matthysse and Kiram will face-off at the California Forum in a battle of difficult prognosis for the WBA welter championship vacant. The function is sponsored by Golden Boy Promotions and also there, the Venezuelan champion Jorge Linares will expose his lightweight tittle of the WBA against the Filipino Mercito Gesta. HBO will be broadcasting the event.
“The camp has been excellent, we were training in Argentina before coming to the United States to train in Indio with Joel Díaz and his team”, said Lucas, who will pursue his first absolute belt in this sport after being the interim monarch in the 140 lbs division, the super welter weight.
“I know Tewa Kiram is a great puncher, but I also know I can fight at a distance. On January 27 I will become world champion. I defeated the best in the 140 lbs and I will beat the best in the 147 lbs. A victory over Kiram will take me to the highest in the division”, promised the Argentinian that at his 35 years of age knows he can not afford the luxury to fall.
Kiram, a 25 years old Thai, undefeated and a knocker, as recognized by Lucas, is also close to having his dreams come true. He started in combat sports a the age of 7 and at 10 his started providing for his family harvesting rice and next saturday he can go back home as world champion.
“Obviously I want to emulate Srisaket’s feat”, he said in reference to the the two victories of Rungvisai over González. “I am not nervous, not at all, I know what I have to do to win. I have the strategy that will open up the opportunity for victory. I will be the greatest man on the ring. It is my first fight for a world championship and I hope to win and go back home soon.”, commented the Thai.
Lucas will arrive to this fight with a record of 38-0 and 35 Ko’s but with little activity in the last months, since he only had one victory in the only fight he had in 2017 after having no combats since october of 2015. Meanwhile, Tewa do so with a record of 38-0 and 28 KO’s, as the results of his work of 10 years as a professional boxer.