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The hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) of Argentina is said to be suffering from severe dehydration due to a viral infection. The gravity of Matthysse’s health condition prompted the boxer to pull out of a championship fight to be held on September 17th as a supporting event to the Mayweather-Ortiz bout.

An article from ESPN stated that the boxer is required to undergo hospitalization for medical treatment. Matthysse’s camp reported that the fighter was not able to train for his upcoming WBC light welterweight showdown against Mexican legend Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) because of the infection.

Lucas Matthysse (left) tags Vivian Harris (right) with a left hook.

“They (Team Matthysse) did send us a certificate from a doctor but this is a situation where I don’t even need to see a certificate,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told Dan Rafael of ESPN.

Upon hearing of Matthysse’s withdrawal, Morales immediately told Schaefer to get Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs) as a replacement. Morales lost to Maidana last April 2011 via majority decision in what was a very action-packed fight.

Maidana, however, insisted that he wanted to fight Morales in Argentina than in Las Vegas.

Schaefer is currently looking for a quick replacement but boxing insiders believe that it will be Anthony Crolla (20-2, 9 KOs) of the United Kingdom.

Unwise move by Maidana

Maidana, who has been itching for a rematch with IBF/WBA unified light welterweight champion Amir Khan, may have made a huge mistake by not taking the Morales fight. A win over Morales would earn Maidana the WBC light welterweight title, which would then give him a big leverage for a second encounter with the Bolton, Lancashire native.

Looks like Morales is a tough fight, even for the tough Maidana.

Photo credits: ESPN

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.