Matthysse Blasts Peterson, Wins by Third Round Stoppage in Atlantic City
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What a night of fights in Atlantic City!
In our main event Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO) absolutely blitzed IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KO), dropping him three times, forcing referee Steve Smoger to halt the bout in the third round.
Peterson began the fight well, working behind a stiff jab, but was unable to land anything that would keep his power punching opponent at bay. In the second round Matthysse connected with a left hand that dropped Peterson and from there the rout was on.
With the win Matthysse sets himself up for a shot at unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia in the fall.
In the opening contest, IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (26-1, 14 KO) outclassed and dominated late substitute Lee Purdy of England winning via TKO at the end of the seventh round.
From the opening bell it was clear Alexander was the quicker, more polished fighter, and he peppered his opponent with power shots in close right up until the stoppage. At the end of round seven Purdy's corner had seen enough and called a halt to the bout.
That'll do it for us tonight fight fans.
Devon Alexander TKO 7 Lee Purdy
Lucas Matthysse TKO 3 Lamont Peterson.
What a night of fights. We hope you enjoyed our live coverage and as always stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all your boxing news!
Lucas Matthysse dominated Lamont Peterson in a way nobody has before...he's a scary dude in the ring.
Danny Garcia better take notice. Lucas Matthysse is coming.
Peterson down for a third time in the fight here in round three and its OVER!!!
Lucas Matthysse knocks Lamont Peterson out of Atlantic City in emphatic fashion.
Lamont is gutsy but he's getting tagged a lot, and he doesn't have the power to keep Matthysse from throwing bomb after bomb.
A HUGE right hand and Peterson down again. This one could be over...
Peterson down on left hook in rd 2!— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) May 19, 2013
Peterson is big trouble. He CANNOT keep Matthysse off of him.
Wow. Matthysse lands a huge left hook and Peterson hits the floor. Seemed like a delayed reaction but he was hurt.
Matthysse takes round two 10-8 and jumps ahead 19-18.
Peterson down and BADLY hurt in round two!!
Lucas Matthysse has closed the distance and is making the second round VERY uncomfortable for Lamont Peterson. The Argentine is connecting with some hard shots here.
Matthysse connects with the first significant punches of the fight to punctuate the first round. Might have won it for him. Up to that point it was all Peterson's jab.
I gave the first to Lamont, albeit very narrowly.
Lamont Peterson wants to keep this fight at a safe distance and avoid Matthysse's right hand at ALL COSTS.
Steve Smoger is the referee, warm up the ambulance.— Martin Mulcahey (@MartinMulcahey) May 19, 2013
Yessir. Tweet of the night!
Give Lamont Peterson a lot of credit. Guys were tripping over themselves to NOT fight Matthysse. He not only took the fight, he embraced it.
And here comes Matthysse ... Buckle up, folks. This is going to be fun.— ESPN Boxing (@ESPNBoxing) May 19, 2013
Bears repeating...fight of the year candidate.
And now Lucas Matthysse enters the arena...crowd favoring Peterson.
And here comes Lamont Peterson on his way to the ring...
We are just minutes away from our big main event here in Atlantic City.
Who ya got? Peterson or Matthysse?
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