By Rudy Mondragón
Lucas Matthysee (34-2, 32 KOs) scored a TKO victory after knocking Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) down once in the second and twice in the third round. Referee Steve Smoger stopped the contest in the third round in an effort to protect Peterson from absorbing any more power punches from the Machine Matthysee.
With six wins in a row since his lose to Devon Alexander in 2011, Lucas has established himself as a true threat in the 140 lbs limit. There are a couple of names out there that would be good match ups for Lucas. There is Amir Kahn who has already stated that he would like that fight. Although many question Amir’s chin against the power of The Machine. There is Victor Ortiz who is looking to make a comeback. The question there is if Victor would be able to go down in weight. Then there is Danny Garcia. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, has already said that he would like to make that fight for September. That is definitely possible. Both fighters are under the Golden Boy banner. Both have styles that would make for a very exciting fight.
Upon reflection of this fight, a couple of things come to mind. Lucas has serious power, the kind that star fighters avoid in order to maintain their fame status. He is still on the fence in regards to being a PPV caliber fighter. However, this is also true for the other top fighters at 140 lbs. The good thing about this is that fighters really don’t have the option to avoid Lucas Matthysse. If you want to be the big dog at 140 lbs, fighters will have to go through The Machine. Period.
In other news….
Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) beat Lee Purdy (20-4-1, 13 KOs) via 7th round TKO. Purdy’s corner stopped the fight after the 7th due to the punishment he was receiving at the hands of Alexander. This was a good thing for Alexander as he suffered an injury to his left hand. Alexander retains his IBF Welterweight title against his opponent, who was a last minute replacement and only had 4 weeks to prepare for tonights match. Good victory for Alexander, but he still has more to prove to the boxing community.
Shane Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KOs) beat Pablo Cesar Cano (26-3-1, 20 KOs) by unanimous decision in Cancun, Mexico. What is next for Shane Mosley? I’ll be honest, I am afraid to find out the answer to that question.
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