Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse: Keys to Victory for Each Fighter

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 14, 2013

WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (L) and Lucas Matthysse pose during the official weigh-in for their bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia will defend his titles against Matthysse on September 14 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Before Saul Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather face one another in the evening's highly anticipated bout, fans will be treated to another intriguing fight when Danny Garcia meets Lucas Matthysse in Las Vegas. 

In Garcia, the veteran Matthysse will be getting a worthy challenger, as the 25-year-old Philadelphia native is entering the bout at 26-0. However, at least on paper, this figures to be an even fight. 

Heading into what should be a very entertaining bout, here's a look at what each fighter needs to do in order to emerge victorious at the MGM Grand. 


Danny Garcia

Enduring and outlasting the opposition.

As the much younger of the two fighters, Garcia should hypothetically have time on his side, but Matthysse's ability to stay standing for the long haul is perhaps one of his greatest strengths. 

That being said, while the Argentinian hard-hitter has the power to end virtually any match at a moment's notice, Garcia has more than enough strength to deliver a knockout punch of his own when the opportunity presents itself, as the reigning WBC Light Welterweight champion has shown in recent showings. 

During his last bout, Zab Judah lasted all 12 rounds, but in Garcia's prior two fights, "Swift" landed a pair of fourth-round knockouts over Erik Morales and Amir Khan, which is worth keeping in mind, even if both were over aging veterans. 

However, Matthysse and his undeniable power may be too much for Garcia if he's too aggressive early on. So against such a quality opponent, the American should try to do what he's done in three of his last five fights, which is taking things at least to the 10th round. 


Lucas Matthysse

Battering Garcia early.

In order to seize the belt from Garcia, Matthysse will likely have to put a beating on his younger opponent during the early stages of the fight, because as noted above, Garcia's proven that he can withstand a battering over 12 rounds. 

But Matthysse has a penchant for ending fights relatively early, as five of his last six fights have ended in knockouts before the seventh round. 

In addition, the Argentine's last two losses have both come during the 10th round or later, so the earlier the match ends, the better for Matthysse. 

No, it won't be easy to deliver a decisive blow to Garcia, but with the power that the 34-2 Matthysse has in his arsenal, he's more than capable of putting an end to the fight early.