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Matthysse Crushes Peterson!
Garcia Next?

May 18, 2013 - Atlantic City, NJ

Ringside Report: Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

WBC interim super lightweight champion Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) pushed himself even further into elite status with a destructive third round knockout of IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson in a unique twelve round non-title contest Saturday night at the famed Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. In the co-main event, IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs)

Matthysseproved he is more than just an exquisite boxer with a seven round pummeling of Lee "Lights Out" Purdy (20-4-1 13 KOs). Golden Boy Promotions presented the eleven bout, six and a half hour marathon of a card which showcased several rising prospect and future international stars.

It was a classic boxer versus the puncher scenario, as the heavy handed Lucas Matthysse entered the ring to do battle with the lightning quick Lamont Person in the main event.

Matthysse was well known for his explosive power in both hands, having thirty one of his previous thirty three victories coming by way of knockout. His last loss was by way of a controversial split decision to Devon Alexander back in June of 2011. Since that time, he has reeled of five straight victories, none of which went the distance. In that string he stopped former world champion Humberto Soto and captured the interim WBC junior welterweight title with a tenth round TKO of formerly undefeated Ajose Olusegun.

Boxing critics wondered if could he handle the incredible hand speed of Peterson?

Peterson one of the best junior welterweights, put himself in elite status when he captured the IBF strap with a win over highly touted Amir Khan and followed with an eighth round stoppage of explosive banger Kendall Holt.

Could Peterson tame the Argentinean with dynamite in both hands?

Unfortunately, neither of the champions would have their title's on the line, and the bout would be held at a catch weight of 141 pounds due to a sanctioning body conflict.

The combatants used the opening round to cautiously test each other however the next round was anything but hesitant.

It would heat up in the second as Matthysse started to bang away with lethal intentions. Many of his heavy-handed bombs were just barely missing their marks.

Late in the round, the straight right from the powerful Argentinean forced Peterson to box on the retreat and eventually he backed into a corner . Matthysse stepped up the attack and exploded with a looping left hook up top and Peterson wobbled, before falling to the canvas in the corner. Peterson rose to his feet and was on unsteady legs and clinched, which allowed him to survive the opening round.

Matthysse did not let up in the third round as he continued to bang away with bad intentions.

Peterson knew he had to slow the attack consequently he began to trade with him. He even landed a hard uppercut and some sharp combinations in the middle of the ring.

Matthysse walked through the flurries and tried to return fire, but missed with a wild right, which spun himself down to the canvas like a corkscrew.

It would not matter though for the powerful Argentinean as he continued his lethal barrage and floored Peterson for the second time with a shot on the temple. Peterson tried to rise to his feet, but slipped back to the canvas. Badly hurt, Peterson somehow rose again and beat the count.

One of the premier referees, Steve Smoger took a good luck a Peterson and deemed him okay to continue.

Matthysse, like a lion on his injured prey, leaped at his at his injured foe with a devastating left hook which sent Peterson flying backwards to the canvas.

Smoger immediately waived the bout off without a count at 2:14 of the third round.

The win sets up a possible mega fight against WBC light welterweight and WBA super light welterweight title holder Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs).

Alexander Pummels Purdy

AlexanderIn the co-main event of the evening, IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) also put himself in line for a possible more lucrative fight with Floyd Mayweather or even Amir Khan with an impressive seven round pummeling of Lee "Lights out" Purdy (20-4-1, 13 KOs) in their scheduled twelve round non-title contest.

After two bouts scheduled with Kell Brook were forced to be postponed, Alexander was had to look for another challenger. In stepped IBF international welterweight title holder Purdy. Unfortunately, Purdy was unable to make weight, so that world title was not on the line.

Alexander, normally a slick boxer who was coming off a less than entertaining win over a defensive minded Randall Bailey, immediately went to banging on the inside in an attempt to break down his opponent. Purdy who had never been stopped, covered and looked for counters. In the middle of the round, Purdy landed a solid right hand on the chin of Alexander as they were trading on the inside.

Purdy just couldn't match the superior hand speed of Alexander who continued to slip and counter with a good mixture of combinations on the inside. By round three you could see that Purdy was forced to be more defensive, hiding behind his tight guard as Alexander pelted him with heavy hooks to the ribs along with sweeping shots up top.

The only time Purdy was really ever able to really get off some tight shots was when Alexander would take a breather.

Purdy was game and pressed forward, but Alexander continued to bang away on him like a heavy bag as the rounds progressed. By the end of the sixth, Purdy was bleeding outside the right eye from the constant hooks of Alexander.

Alexander continued to bang away throughout the seventh round and it was clear that Purdy was just taking too much damage. After the round, his corner did the appropriate thing and asked for the fight to be stopped. Purdy pleaded with his corner to let the fight continue, but the fight was waived off giving Alexander an impressive victory.

It was the first time Purdy had been stopped in his twenty four fights as a pro.

Porter impressive in one sided victory!!!!

"Showtime" Shawn Porter (21-0-1, 14 KOs) remained perfect as a profession as he dropped previously undefeated Phil Lo Greco (25-1, 14 KOs) twice on his way to a one-sided ten round unanimous decision victory.

Lo Greco could never match the hand speed of Porter, who continually stepped in and out of the pocket where he snapped heavy thudding shots. Lo Greco dropped his hands several times during the fight, trying to entice Porter into an out and out brawl however Porter just wouldn't take the bait.

Porter seemed to be completely in control by the middle rounds, picking his shots with one- two combinations. Lo Greco could only flail away in desperation as Porter slipped most of the shots.

Porter tried to make it a war in the seventh and eighth, but he couldn't land any significant shots to turn the tide. Late in the eighth, Porter countered a missed hook by his opponent with a glancing counter which forced Lo Greco to touch the canvas.

Lo Greco, seemingly way behind on the scorecards charged forward in the tenth and final round, in one last desperate attempt for the much needed knockout. Porter saw it coming, stepped out of the way and caught him coming in with a double left hook. Lo Greco fell to the canvas, but was able to get to his feet and make it to the final bell.

Two judges saw the bout 100-88 while the third official scored it 99-89 giving Porter the one sided unanimous decision victory.

Kahn blasts out Medellin in 57 seconds!

In a bout that was rushed in order not to delay the Showtime televised portion of the event, Haroon Khan (2-0, 1 KO) from Bolton, England, made sure it would take even less time in the ring as he blew away winless Vincente Medellin (0-6) in just fifty seven seconds.

Just forty seconds into the opening round, Khan, the brother of Amir Khan, floored Medellin with a straight right. Medellin would beat the count but seconds later two heavy shots up top planted him on the canvas for the second and final time for the knockout at the 57 second mark of the opening round.

Williams outworks Griffin!

Undefeated light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. upped his record to 14-0, 10 KOs with a one sided eight round unanimous decision victory over a game but outclassed veteran Otis "Triple G" Griffin (24-13-2, 10 KOs). One judge saw every round in favor of Williams Jr (80-72) while the other two officials saw it 79-73, giving him the clear cut unanimous decision victory.

Ogogo routs Perez

Former 2012 British Olympian Anthony Ogogo (2-0, 1 KO) won his first fight in US Soil with a workman like six round unanimous decision victory over defensive minded veteran middleweight Edgar Perez (5-5, 3 KOs) by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 60-53.

Ogogo easily controlled the fight throughout as he chopped away at a basically covered up opponent, hitting Perez like a gym workout on the heavy bag, throughout most of the fight.

Ceda outpoints Tamayo

Former IBO flyweight champion, Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs) captured a competitive but one sided eight round unanimous decision victory over Miguel 13-6-2, 11 KOs, in their scheduled eight round bantamweight contest. All three judges saw the bout easily in favor of Seda by the scores of 79-73, 80-72 and 80-70.

Peterson dominates Salcido

Junior welterweight contender Anthony Peterson (32-1, 21 KOs), the younger brother of Lamont Peterson, continue his move up the junior welterweight ladder with a two round demolition of Dominic Salcido (18-5, 8 KOs).

Peterson was in control from the outside as he battered Salcido with straight combinations and hooks. The heavy output from Peterson forced Salcido to stay in a defensive shell, landing little in return.

The bout was waived off in the corner at the end of the second round, as Salcido was unable to continue due to a broken nose. The official time of the stoppage was 3 minutes of the second round.

Warren downs Carvajal six times!!!

Three time Olympian Rau'shee Warren continued his impressive run as a pro, dropping a game nevertheless outgunned bantamweight Angel Carvajal six times en-route to an impressive fourth round stoppage.

Warren sent Carvajal to the canvas twice in both the first and second rounds. The first came from a series of punches which forced Carvajal's glove to touch the ground. Carvajal hit the canvas for the second time (in the first round) with an overhand left.

Carvajal continued to fight as best he could , but could not match the power or hand speed or power of Warren as he hit the canvas twice in the second round.

In the third round, Warren slowed his attack as he began to methodically break down his opponent. In the last minute of the round , Warren stepped up the pace again and returned Carvajal to the canvas with a right hook up top, along with a body shot.

Carvajal went on survival mode in the fourth but Warren would not let him off the hook as he sent him to the canvas for the fourth and final time with a sharp left on the button.

Referee Allan Huggins had seen enough and waived it off at the 2:05 mark of the fourth and final round.

Warren jumps to 4-0, 4 KOs, while Angel Carvajal slides to 2-2.

Easter blows away Guillen

Heavy handed lightweight Robert "The Playboy E-Bunny" Easter (4-0, 4 KOs) kept his perfect knockout streak intact, dropping Eduardo Guillen (0-3) twice, en-route to a one sided second round stoppage.

Easter controlled the opening round, as he forced a flailing Guillen backward throughout the round with heavy short shots.

Guillen made an effort to turn the tide as the bell sounded to open the second round which led to a toe-to-toe exchange. It would be a big mistake as Easter landed a left on the jaw that dropped Guillen to the canvas. Surprisingly Guillen made it to his feet and desperately tried to recover. Easter would not let him off the hook and sent him to the canvas with another devastating left on the button.

Referee Allan Huggins waved the bout off at the 1:30 mark of the second round.

Herring halts Galindo

In the opening bout of the evening, former 2012 US Olympian Jamel Herring (3-0, 2 KOs) needed only a hundred twenty one seconds to dispose of an outgunned Victor Galindo (1-2), dropping him twice en route to the first round stoppage during a lightweight four-rounder.

Herring was on his a game from the opening bell and dropped Galindo initially with a right-left combination. Galindo rose to his feet and tried to fight back, but he could not match the hand speed or power of Herring. The demolition continued as Herring continued to bang away. Moments later, after about twelve unanswered shots, Galindo dropped to a knee from the damage done by an earlier body shot in the flurry.

Galindo's corner had seen enough and threw in the towel forcing referee Lindsey Page to call a halt the contest at the 2:01 mark of the opening round.


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