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Matthysse vs. Dallas Jr & Aydin vs. Soto-Karass on Saturday, 1/26, in Las Vegas, Nevada

By Rob Smith: This Saturday night WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KO’s) will be facing a badly over-matched Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KO’s) in a fight that will be televised by Showtime from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Also on the card will be two recently beaten fighters Jesus Soto-Karass (26-8-3, 17 KO’s) fighting Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KO’s). This fight should be the much better fight compared the mismatch in the main event. Aydin has good power but he’s so incredibly primitive in terms of his boxing skills that he negates his own power.

Aydin was beaten in his last fight by Robert Guerrero last year in July by a 12 round decision. Soto-Karass also has good power, but poor defensive skills. He’s coming of a knockout loss to Marcos Maidana last September.

Mattysse was supposed to fight Hank Lundy, but that opponent got pulled and Dallas Jr. was found. You can make a pretty good argument that Dallas Jr. is a step down from Lundy, and even that opponent was way out of his league.
I’m still trying to figure out why Showtime agreed to televise this fight card because the main event isn’t really worthy of being shown on Showtime, in my view. It’s just a sick mismatch on paper that promises to be a one-sided mismatch in reality and who wants to see that? Matthysse has the much better power, and he’s been in with much better opposition.

Dallas Jr. was beaten by Josesito Lopez and Mauricio Herrera in 2011. I’d be more interested in seeing Matthysse fight the guys that beat Dallas Jr. than I am in seeing him fight Matthysse. The good news is Dallas Jr. has won his last two fights since those losses to Lopez and Herrera, but the bad news is Dallas Jr’s opposition has been mediocre.

Also on the undercard will be junior middleweights Jermell Charlo vs. Harry Joe Yorgey fighting a 10 round bout, and Chad Bennett vs. Ben Ankrah.