Floyd Mayweather vs Saul Alvarez is not the only mouth-watering matchup at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this coming Saturday, as huge punching Argentinian sensation Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (34-2, 32KO’s) takes on WBC and WBA light welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (26-0, 16KO’s).
Matthysse has held the interim version of the WBC belt since he stopped Olusegun Ajose in the 10th round in September 2012, and has since demolished Mike Dallas Jr in one round and Lamont Peterson in just three rounds.
The Argentinian will now get the chance to fight for the full version of the belt and also has the opportunity to add the WBA strap too. He has been in fine form just recently and has developed a reputation as one of the hardest pound for pound punchers in the sport today.
Danny Garcia is the current WBC and WBA champion, and will go into the fight full of confidence despite not being the bookmakers favourite. Like Matthysse, Garcia has been in fine form and over the last 18 months has beaten Mexican legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales twice; Bolton’s Amir Khan and former 2 weight world champion Zab “Super” Judah.
Danny stopped Amir Khan in 4 brutal rounds back in July 2012 flooring him 3 times en route to adding the WBA belt to the WBC one that he had won in his previous bout when he outpointed Erik Morales. After the Khan bout he defended his titles in a rematch with Morales, stopping “El Terrible” in the 4th and then this past April beat former world champion Zab Judah via a 12 round decision in New York.
This fight has the potential to steal the show on Saturday night, as both men have good KO power and neither man are known for taking many backwards steps in their fights. There is also the incentive of a potential “Super fight” with Floyd Mayweather for the winner, providing Floyd comes through his own tough test with Alvarez this Saturday.
I personally have to follow the bookmakers and say I expect an exciting fight but one that Matthysse will win. I like Garcia and I think he is a very talented young fighter, but his Argentinian opponent’s power is so explosive, I just cannot see Garcia being able to handle it.
Danny is probably the better all-round boxer and if he could keep away from Matthysse and stay on the outside landing punches from range and then moving out of danger, it would be possible for him to take a decision win.
I just can’t see Danny Garcia being able to resist being dragged into a brawl by Matthysse and even though Garcia does have a good chin I don’t think there is man in the division that can take many of Matthysse’s shots and therefore I predict a brutal slugfest with perhaps both men tasting the canvas but with the Argentinian ultimately winning by KO in the middle rounds.
This matchup as well as the rest of the undercard from the for the Mayweather-Alvarez mega fight at the MGM Grand can be seen live on Boxnation from 01:30 in the early hours of Sunday 15th September.
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