Matthysee Said Knock You Out!


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.

115-113 | 115-113 | 115-113

Boxing Weekend is Near

ImageBy Rudy Mondragón

Lucas Matthysee vs. Lamont Peterson

I would say this is the fight to watch this weekend. Winner of this fight has the possibilities to move on and face Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz, Danny Garcia and even Floyd Mayweather Jr.  Matthysee’s (33-2, 31 KOs) house in Argentina was broken into last weekend, resulting in the tampering of his passport. This created an obstacle for Lucas and it almost prevented him from flying to the US. Let’s see if that provides Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) with some type of advantage this weekend.

Alexander vs. Purdy

This is the co-feature on the Showtime card headlined by Matthysee and Peterson. Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs), who took this fight with only 4 weeks notice, failed to make the 147 lbs limit. He will not be eligible to win Alexander’s (24-1, 13 KOs) IBF welterweight title. If Alexander loses, he will retain the IBF belt. If Alexander wins, he can officially count this as a successful title defense as well as satisfy his mandatory obligation title defense. Win win situation for Alexander. My opinion, Alexander needs to prove himself tomorrow and be dominant. Another boring victory will prevent Alexander from scoring bigger fights and PPV platforms.

Please Retire Mosley (vs. Cano)

Yup, Shane Mosely (46-8-1, 39 KOs) is fighting again. At the age of 41, Shane will enter the ring against Pablo Cesar Cano (26-2-1, 20 KOs) who is 18 years his junior. Mosely has not recorded a win since he annihilated Antonio Margarito in 2009. Cano is a young, hungry fighter who many feel did enough to record a win in his recent defeat against Paul Malignaggi. I’m sure I’m not the only one hoping that this will be the last time we see Mosely in the ring. I am not saying our elders can’t hang in the ring anymore (look at Bernard Hopkins and Juan M Marquez), but Mosely has not shown any improvements in his last four fights. Is it time for him to walk away from the game? To maintain his health, I would say yes.