The Puerto Rican native goes about his business completely differently than his championship counterparts. He has no interest in outboxing his opponents like Haney. Nor does he find pleasure in scoring devastating one-punch knockouts like Romero and Lopez. No, Matias prefers beating his opponents round after round until they refuse to continue. With all of his wins coming via stoppage, some fans and media members are under the impression that Matias (20-1, 20 KOs) is flat-out being avoided by the division’s remaining top dogs. Lopez though, isn’t buying it. Not only does he believe that Matias isn’t as good as advertised, but when compared to the rest of the division’s belt holders, Matias may very well rank last.
“He can be an IBF world champion but he’s the most softest fighter in the division,” explained Lopez to Pro Box TV during a recent sit-down. Lopez, who’s just a few hours away from defending his titles against Jamaine Ortiz, isn’t impressed with the come forward, seek and destroy approach that Matias normally employs. In his opinion, there are no subtle intricacies to his game. His style might be effective and broken the will and spirits of his previous opponents, but Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs) has a feeling that the 31-year-old doesn’t have a deep enough tool bag capable of troubling him if they were to get it on. “He’s one dimensional.”