Soledad Matthysse heads to England in search of IBO and WBC crowns

Soledad “La Itaka” Matthysse, a boxer based in the city of Trelew, the Argentine champion of the featherweight category, departed this Tuesday from Almirante Marcos A. Zar airport for England – after a stopover in Buenos Aires – where he will have a new chance at international, this April 16 in Manchester.

Matthysse (17-11-1, 1KO) will battle it out for the WBC and IBO Super Featherweight World Title -10 rounds- against Ohio native Alycia Baumgardner (11-1, 7KO), 27, next Saturday 16 .

It should be noted that Soledad, who signed last year’s contract with Chino Maidana Promotions, enters the ring for the last time on September 25, 2021, an occasion where he reclaims the national featherweight title – which is already his – against Laura Griffa.

“La Itaka”, coached by Mario Narvaez, will fight overseas for the first time since the memorable confrontation in Poland with local Ewa Brodnicka, in 2019.

Her rival, Alycia Baumgardner, owner of the WBC and IBO belts, has won her last five fights, most recently on November 13, 2021 against British Terri Harper, in Sheffield, England, by technical knockout.


Baumgardner, 27, a 2014 National Golden Gloves silver medalist, is on the hunt to become the undisputed champion after her dominant win over Terri Harper in November.

“The year 2021 is definitely a breakthrough year for me,” Baumgardner said. “I had great experience working with Matchroom to win WBC and IBO world titles in the UK. Signing this deal with them puts me in a position to achieve my next goal of being undisputed at 130lbs. Being at the top It stays on top and continues to be a great athlete. I know.”

Baumgardner (11-1, seven KOs) made her pro debut in 2017. Her only loss was against Christina Linardatou in 2018. She lost the WBC international super featherweight title in the process. Since then, he has won five wins in a row, with three of those coming by TKO. Against Harper in November, Baumgardner hit him so hard in the fourth round that he froze on the spot. The referee canceled the fight, giving Baumgardner the win and the title.

Baumgardner’s victory rocked the boxing world, especially in the super featherweight division.

Harper is on his way to take on WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi. He then broke his hand before a fight could break out. The winner of that fight will face IBF, WBO and The Ring super featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer.

“I have no doubt that I am the best dog in my weight class and it is only a matter of time before I have all the belts to prove it,” Baumgardner told local media. “Nothing will stand in my way. I have worked very hard to defend and set my record. I will continue to make history in the sport of boxing.”

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