Garcia Edges Matthysse, Molina and Cano Win on Mayweather vs. Canelo Undercard
"The One" promised one of the strongest undercards in boxing history and it didn't disappoint.
In the co-main event, unified WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia went to hell and back to earn a unanimous decision victory over Argentine punching machine Lucas Matthysse.
Scores were 114-112, 114-112, 115-111 for Garcia, who improves to 27-0, with 16 knockouts.
It was Matthysse who entered the ring with a reputation for having dynamite in his fists, but Garcia never seemed intimidated, and scored the only knockdown in the fight in the 11th round. It was a huge victory, on a huge stage, and should position Garcia for bigger fights down the road.
In undercard action, Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KO) captured the IBF junior middleweight title with a lackluster, and most would say boring, split-decision victory over Ishe Smith (25-6, 11 KO).
Neither guy did much to establish himself in the fight, which was marred by many ugly, hard to score rounds.
In the opening bout of the pay-per-view, Pablo Cesar Cano scored a much-needed split-decision victory over Ashley Theophane.
Cano landed the harder, more damaging blows throughout and reestablished himself in the loaded welterweight division with the victory.
That'll do it for us on the undercard. Stay tuned for "The One" which is up NEXT!
We go to the scorecards...
115-111, 114-112, 114-112 for the winner...
AND STILL WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion....
DANNY "SWIFT" GARCIA!
Garcia wins the 12th on my card and wins 7-5 on rounds, but 114-112 because of the knockdown and point deduction.
Everyone on their feet as Matthysse and Garcia throw EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD at each other in the final 10 seconds.
There are no words for that fight. No words for the ending.
Everyone catch your breath.
HUGE foul there by Garcia. A low-blow and he loses a point in the 12th round.
Geez. Talk about drama.
Lucas needs to throw everything he's got at this point. That knockdown is the decisive factor in this fight.
WOW!!! 10-8 round for Danny Garcia completely turns around the fight.
Matthysse was well ahead in that round before getting dropped.
Garcia leads six rounds to five with a knockdown.
HIGH DRAMA IN VEGAS. You can't HEAR a word in this place!
Matthysse down in the 11th and that could win the fight for Danny Garcia if we go to the cards.
STUNNING turn of events, The crowd is HOT!
DOWN GOES MATTHYSSE!!
Something has turned around here, Matthysse is charging hard again here in the 11th and he's hurt Garcia several times with big shots.
This is some helluva fight with a lot of ups and downs.
Exciting round in the 10th. The crowd is pumped up to see how this finishes.
Scored the round for Matthysse, who with a somewhat better looking eye, seemed to have more spring in his step.
Even fight going into the championship rounds.
Another good round for Danny. He pulls ahead on my card for the first time five rounds to four.
The crowd beginning to sense the desperation in the Matthysse corner.
Danny Garcia is beginning to pull away here in the ninth.
Matthysse can't see a lot of these shots coming. Wouldn't be surprised if the docs take a long look after the round.
Got it even after eight rounds, but Matthysse is fighting with one eye...literally.
You can sense a shift in the crowd here, they're really digging the work Gacia has been able to do in this fight.
Got it four to three for Lucas, but that eye is trouble. Appears to be from a headbutt.
The right eye is a mess for Lucas Matthysse, but he's still throwing. Even if he lost that round, it was close.
Don't know if Lucas got a thumb or a headbutt to the eye, but it seems to be swelling shut.
The ropes are the absolute LAST place Danny Garcia wants to be. It's where Matthysse is most effective.
And he's there again, and he's paying for it.
The mental strain of fighting Lucas Matthysse must be immense. Everyone in the arena seems to feel it. It's in the air.
Better sixth round for the challenger. He worked the body well, stalked and got Garcia into some bad spots.
He leads 58-56 as we head for the second half.
Matthysse lands a few big shots along the ropes near the end of the round, but give Garcia credit, he's taken everything thus far and he's very much in the fight.
Matthysse is letting Garcia outwork him on the inside. His punches don't have as much sting, but he's the one landing in close quarters.
Garcia was having a great round, and then he got tagged with a monster shot along the ropes.
He still took the round, but boy that got the crowd on its feet.
Three to two for Mathysse. He leads 38-37.
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