Argentinia's Lucas Matthysse did not disappoint against Mike Dallas in Las Vegas on Saturday night. He won at the Hard Rock's The Joint via a first-round knockout.
Matthysse defeated Dallas with a beautiful first round knockout. He set up the finish by scoring with jabs and straight right hands to the body before the power-punching pugilist utilized beautiful defensive technique to finish the fight. The champ slipped a Dallas jab and answered with a short right hand. The choppy counter landed heavy at an awkward angle to the side of the head and put Dallas to sleep.
Lucas is now a proven success at 140 pounds and has opened lucrative and intriguing doors in boxing's deepest division. With the win, Matthysse improves to an impressive 33-2. Both tarnishes on his record were split decision losses (in which he scored the only knockdown in both bouts) that remain heavily disputed by pundits.
Thirty-one of his wins have come by stoppage. The other two came by DQ and a 2008 decision victory. His heavy pressure and hard-hitting style make for great entertainment.
As the WBC interim junior welterweight champion, Matthysse could have an exciting unification contest with the winner for the regular WBC title between champion Danny Garcia and Zab Judah on February 9th.
"Super Zab" was awarded a controversial split decision win against Matthysse in 2010 and Garcia leaped into the boxing picture with a stellar 2012 as he defeated the iconic Erik Morales twice and knocked out the Brit earmarked for legend status, Amir Khan.
Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez are both coming off career-changing wins over pound-for-pound stalwart Manny Pacquiao and would make for a dramatic encounter with the relentless pressure of the fan-friendly Matthysse. Neither have any bout scheduled at the moment and would easily carry a pay-per-view main event should they clash with his fighting style.
Lamont Peterson is battling Kendall Holt for the IBF title on February 22nd. Peterson showed excellent heart as he willed his way past Amir Khan in a close decision win. A Peterson vs. Matthysse bout would be a great candidate for Fight of the Year due to the grit possessed by both of these pugilist sensations. This would be a war of attrition showcasing the best attributes of the sport.
Brandon Rios would also give Matthysse a tremendous test that would electrify the sporting world and place boxing in the forefront of dramatic athletic events.
Regardless of which fight is next, fans are delighted to be witness to the potential of great pending action. There are numerous electric challenges out there for the man who consistently delivers. Stay tuned for the best fights ever from Mr. Matthysse.