Underdog Viktor Postol won the vacant WBC super lightweight championship by knocking out Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night at StubHub Centre in California.
The Ukrainian knocked out the Argentine in the 10th round of their bout in what potentially takes Matthysse out of the running for a fight against Manny Pacquiao in early 2016.
Postol (28-0, 12 KOs), who is trained by legendary trainer Freddie Roach, ended the fight with a straight right hand that sent Matthysse crashing to the canvas to be counted out.
Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs), who is known for knocking his opponents out, battled to get close enough to his opponent to do any damage as Postol kept him at an arm’s length by throwing long solid jabs.
The taller Postol took a few shots in the early rounds but was landing jabs and by the fourth round his body shots and jabs had him dictating the fight leaving a frustrated Matthysse trying to land the one big knockout punch.
Matthysse did land a solid straight right in the sixth round, but it did not bother the Ukrainian too much.
In the seventh, Matthysse hit Postol with several good hooks and straight rights but they also did not do any major damage.
Matthysse got tired as the fight progressed and the jabs being landed were getting to the Argentine.
In the tenth round, Matthysse walked into Postol's straight right hand and the fight was over.