Originally posted on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 6/23/12

Tonight's broadcast of Showtime Championship Boxing begins with a tribute to the late Johnny Tapia, introduced by Al Bernstein. We're getting ready for a doubleheader from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, headlned by Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez. Before that, there's a compelling co-feature between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse.

The ever excitable Gus Johnson is on hand with Bernstein to call the action, and they discuss the unpredictability of Ortiz and the opportunity that tonight's fight presents for Lopez.

Matthysse makes his ring walk first, entering with a 30-2 professional record. He is a knockout artist with 28 stoppages among his 30 victories. Former lightweight titleholder Soto enters second. He is 58-7-2 in his long career as a pro and hasn't lost since 2008.

The tale of the tape shows that Soto has small advantages in height and reach. He's also three years older and probably even more than that in terms of "ring years."

Jimmy Lennon Jr. makes the formal fighter introductions, getting us all set for 10 scheduled rounds of super lightweight action.

Round 1

Soto goes down early, but it was clearly a push and a slip. He pops back up and doubles up on left hooks. Soto also fires the right hook around Matthysse's guard. He's firing the crisper punches, though some of them are getting blocked. The fans boo as Matthysse pulls Soto's head down again. Both men find the range on short punches on the inside. Soto's combo was a little cleaner. Matthysse tries to get his jab going. He lands a left hook amidst Soto's activity. Humberto gets in one last flurry before the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Soto

Round 2

Matthysse is reaching and getting popped when he does. He hunts as Soto continues to stay busy. Lucas is still blocking a bunch of these shots. Matthysse backs Soto into a corner but can't pin him down. Soto fires the right hook and uppercut before they tie up. Soto battles off the ropes well and goes back to his combination punching. Matthysse gets in a lead right as he tries to corner Soto. Humberto gets knocked down late, but it looked like that punch was after the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Soto

Round 3

Let's see if Matthysse gets some confidence from that late work. He backs Soto into the ropes and mixes head and body punches. A brawl breaks out, with Matthysse starting to impose his will. Soto gets nailed by some right hands before he responds with multiple left hooks. Matthysse walks Soto back into the ropes again, but Humberto fires a three-punch combo to try to halt him. Close round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Matthysse

Round 4

Matthysse walks through some hooks and winds up for a big miss. Soto grabs to tie up his foe along the ropes. Matthysse works the body after landing the right upstairs. Soto whips out his own body work; Matthysse lands a big uppercut. Both men landing some big shots right now. Soto stumbles a bit after eating a right hand. Matthysse is not getting cheated on his power shots. Soto lands several left hooks that may have hurt Matthysse a bit. That may have won him another pretty tight round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Soto

Round 5

Matthysse lands the first big punch as he tries to track Soto down. He goes to the body then back to the head with left hooks. Soto takes a half step back so he can land his own shots. Matthysse crashes home another left hook before they tie up. Soto turns Matthysse around to land a combo, but Matthysse responds quickly with his own hooks and uppercuts. A left hook stumbles Soto before they trade, and a big punch puts Soto on the mat just before the end of the round. He beats the count but looks like he's in a world of hurt.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Matthysse

Soto's corner says he can't continue, and it's all over! Matthysse with a very impressive power punching stoppage of an opponent who has never been knocked out before. Replays show it was three straight right hands that sent Soto to his doom.

The winner by KO at the end of Round 5, Lucas Matthysse. 


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