Update on Lucas Matthysse Left Eye Injury

Lucas-Matthysse

Boxers, the best of them, aren't like you and me.

In situations where you or I would cave in, capitulate, they soldier on.

So when a boxer appears to wave a white flag, and people perceive them to be “quitting” it sends a shockwave into some fans' minds. It is as if a minor God admits to being less than omniscient…

So, when Lucas Matthysse went a knee in round 10 against Viktor Postol on Saturday night, and didn't seem to be trying to get to two feet as the referee did his count, it affected fight fans.

This is “The Machine,” a guy cut from a sturdier brand of cloth than us mortals.

We perceived him to be a “go out on his shield” sort of guy, and he didn't…

Now, all of us know, or should, that it is of course easy for us to opine on that sideline. Easy for us to characterize a guy as “quitting.” But in the heat of that battle, we are not armed with all information available. Some more info became more clear when Matthysse told Max Kellerman after that he felt a pop in his left eye, and that because of that he chose to not fight on.

People heard that and shook their heads, some of them. The best in breed ignore those “pops,” don't they?

I think, in most situations, it is best to hold off on final judgement, if we feel it neccessary to render that, until we get all the info that can be mustered. To that end, I reached out to Eric Gomez, an exec at Golden Boy, promoter to Matthysse, and asked for an update on the eye.

“Lucas will see an eye specialist tomorrow (Wednesday),” Gomez told me. “He is still in pain.”

This a new age, one of enlightenment. Fans and athletes better understand the toll that blows to the head and body exact. That is good…But it has changed, I think, how some guys that might have chosen to be “go out on their shield” sorts of guys react when faced with a choice to capitulate and soldier on. It is a complex issue which touches buttons in us we aren't even aware of. It is in that context, that most complex context, that we are seeing this Matthysse capitulation issue.

Bottom line: let's see what his injury was before we stick a (permanent) label on the guy, if we feel the desire to do so.

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-Kid Blast :

Good piece. Good point.


-brownsugar :

Good piece. Good point.
absolutely, I hope Mattysse can safely return to "work" relatively soon.


-Scar :

absolutely, I hope Mattysse can safely return to "work" relatively soon.
Likewise, but he has been in so many dangerous fights I somehow wonder if his team actually cares about his well being.


-brownsugar :

Likewise, but he has been in so many dangerous fights I somehow wonder if his team actually cares about his well being.
good question Scar, ... like Amayseng said earlier, Mattysse seems like the kind of guy people don't feel like they have to worry about. He's always in tough, and even if he loses, he often times takes more out of his opponents, then they take from him. Still, there's always going to consequences for participating in too many wars.


-Scar :

good question Scar, ... like Amayseng said earlier, Mattysse seems like the kind of guy people don't feel like they have to worry about. He's always in tough, and even if he loses, he often times takes more out of his opponents, then they take from him. Still, there's always going to consequences for participating in too many wars.
Well said brownsugar. I sincerely hope he takes a long break and returns in a more calculating way to make more money and hopefully score another title shot in the long run. Would be extremely sad to see him go out with serious injuries, not enough money and no title wins.


-Radam G :

Matthysse's eye is fine. And he was never in danger of going blind. He was full of fright. And froze like a movie bytch paralyzed from seeing a monster. You know the type. They scream and fall and let the monster get them. Matthysse grunted, got touched and bytch felt down. He was not even knocked down. He had a big, ole psychosomatic episode. He tricked the weak minded with dat syet. But not da know know. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Well said brownsugar. I sincerely hope he takes a long break and returns in a more calculating way to make more money and hopefully score another title shot in the long run. Would be extremely sad to see him go out with serious injuries, not enough money and no title wins.
thanks man, it'll be interesting to see where he goes from here.