Hometown: Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Weight class: Junior Welterweight
Height: 5-foot-Eight-inches (176 cm)
Amateur file: 80-20 (22 knockouts)
Turned professional: 2015
Pro file: 9-Zero (9 KOs)
Trainers: Anthony Otero
Manager: Anthony Otero and Pedro Cruz
Promoter: Fresh Productions Boxing
Best night time of professional profession and why: Matias is most pleased with a fast stoppage over a extra skilled countryman in simply his fourth outing.
“My victory over Jeffrey Fontanez,” Matias instructed THE RING via his handler Fernando Gaztambide. “Fans thought my promoter and I were crazy.”
Worst night time of professional profession and why: Matias has gained all 9 fights inside the space and no opponent has bought previous the fourth spherical. However, for causes exterior of boxing, he discovered himself distracted towards a former beginner standout, though he nonetheless gained decisively.
“Thank God nothing comes to my mind, but If I have a to choose I’d say versus Patrick Lopez,” he mentioned. “We were ready to fight very early but the fight ended up at 1:00 a.m. and that creates rush.”
Next battle: The Puerto Rican power-puncher continues to maneuver rapidly, stepping up towards Mexico’s Adrian Estrella (28-1, 24 KOs) on Saturday on the Parque de Pelota Pedro “Perucho” Cepeda, Catano.
“I think Estrella will be in trouble,” Matias mentioned confidently. “I’m sure on what I got. He has a lot to prove to his people. If he wants to impress, he better come ready so we can have a long night because I do not underestimate him. That’s the first mistake that a boxer can do and each act has consequences.”
Estrella, 26, has been an expert since 2010, and all of his fights have taken place in Mexico. He fought at 130 kilos earlier than stepping as much as light-weight following a shock loss to Eden Sonsona. Estrella has gained his final six, with 4 of these victories coming inside the space.
Gaztambide admits Estrella is one other step up at school however one he expects his man to make efficiently.
“He’s ready, you’ll see,” mentioned his handler. “He has defeated former world title contender Daulis Prescott, former Olympian Patrick Lopez, former prospect Jeffrey Fontanez and power-puncher Joaquim Carneiro. Estrella is his toughest test, and we hope he wins in great fashion.”
The Puerto Rican-Mexico rivalry will add further spice to what’s already an thrilling battle.
Why he’s a prospect: Before turning skilled, Matias gained the Isaac Barrientos match, successful each battle by KO. He additionally gained silver on the Cheo Aponte match.
He had 100 beginner bouts and confronted present WBA junior light-weight titleholder Alberto Machado, junior middleweight prospect Nicklaus Flax (5-1, four KOs), junior welterweight prospect José ‘Chino’ López (10-Zero, Eight KOs) and featherweight Jean Carlos Rivera (13-Zero, Eight KOs) within the unpaid ranks.
While many prospects flip professional of their late teens-early 20s, Matias elected to attend till he was 24 years previous.
“I started a bit late in boxing because I was studying and working,” he defined. “I did not have time, but my coach Anthony Otero continued to motivate me because he always saw something good in me. With his help, along with the help of my promoter, Juan Orengo, and co-manager, Pedro Cruz, (they) have helped me to improve as a boxer and as a person.”
Since making the transition, Matias has honed his abilities in Puerto Rico by dealing with fighters with completely different types and completely different ranges of expertise.
He has sparred unbeaten welterweight Derrieck Cuevas, light-weight prospect Nestor Bravo, junior light-weight Alfredo Santiago and perennial contender Jayson Velez.
The younger prospect is consistently pushing himself and feels that is his largest asset.
“I’m very demanding of myself,” Matias admitted. “The fans have not yet seen my best. I have several qualities – good power and speed – but my trainer may know a little bit more [laughs]. I need to be good in every aspect to be a world champion.”
Gaztambide agrees with the fighter that pace and energy are stable attributes and added, “He uses a good variety of speed in his combinations to confuse his opponents.”
Why he’s a suspect: Matias was a very good beginner however not one who had expertise internationally. He’s been one thing of a darkish horse to date, combating solely within the Caribbean.
As an expert, his degree of competitors has been very spectacular contemplating he wasn’t an elite beginner. He’s managed to proceed his profession arc, and the Estrella battle will likely be fascinating.
Matias doesn’t single out a selected space preferring to concentrate on all facets of his sport.
“I need to improve in everything,” he mentioned “I have not developed my best yet. I’m working on all the areas to improve in every fight.”
Gaztambide feels Matias wants extra expertise earlier than he can attain his potential: “He needs to go to the distance so I can tell you more. He has been very dominant so far.”
Storylines: Matias was born and grew up within the small metropolis of Fajardo, within the east of Puerto Rico – it’s most well-known boxing son is former world champion John John Molina.
“Where I have lived my life has always been high and lows,” Matias mentioned of his hometown. “Good moments and not so good. Thank God we are a family that lives there for more than 20 years. We are the same, residing in the Maternillo neighborhood of Fajardo. I was always playing sports.”
He first encountered boxing when he was 12 years previous.
“I was always fighting in school until I started in boxing which changed my way of thinking and behaving,” mentioned Matias. “I can say that boxing modified my life utterly.”
His favourite boxer is countryman and Hall-of-Famer Felix Trinidad.
Feb. 17 – Daulis Prescott – TKO three
Nov. 18 – Patrick Lopez – TKO 2
Aug. 5 – Luis Alberto Pelayo – TKO 2
June 24 – Abrahan Peralta – RTD 2
March 25 – Joaquim Carneiro – TKO three
Dec. 10 – Jeffrey Fontanez – TKO 2
Sept. 9 – Luis Rodriguez – TKO four
July 16 – Ramon Melendez – TKO 2
Dec. 19 – Juan Rojas Rodriguez – TKO 1
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