Danny Garcia was able to hold onto his title belt after a unanimous-decision win over Lucas Matthysse Saturday night in Las Vegas, but now Garcia has to look ahead to the next fight.
It was an incredible fight to watch. At the beginning, it was clear that Matthysse was in control of the fight. He was landing some nice shots and kept the pace up by continuously throwing big punches.
Garcia finally started to come back, however. While Matthysse kept looking to take his opponent's head off, Garcia was focused on keeping the pace and continuing to fight like a true boxer.
Matthysse kept staying aggressive, but then the seventh round came.
Swelling started to form around Matthysse's right eye, and his vision obviously started to blur. Garcia's best shot is his left hook, and he was taking advantage of the lack of vision up until the end. He kept using his left, which Matthysse was unable to block.
Round 11 officially decided it. Despite Matthysse landing strong shots one after another to start the round, his eye swelling slowed him down, and Garcia went at him. He was able to knock Matthysse down for the first time in his career, and by then it was over.
Garcia was able to improve to 27-0 on his career, and according to ESPN Stats & Info, it was the fourth title defense by him.
Danny Garcia improves to 27-0 with unanimous decision over Lucas Matthysse. It's Garcia 4th consecutive title defense.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 15, 2013
With this win, it's now time for him to look at his next fight, so what are some options?
Zab Judah would be an interesting opponent. He's the former undisputed welterweight champion and lost by unanimous decision to Garcia in their previous fight. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, there a chance this could happen, although it's unlikely, saying:
Judah said he couldn't pick a winner but did make one thing clear -- he'd like a rematch with the winner.
"Absolutely," he said. "You know what I'm about. I want the big fights and to fight the best guys. So a rematch is something I'd like to do and I think the fans would like that too."
Who do you want to see Garcia fight next?
Perhaps the more intriguing option, which was talked about during the broadcast, is a fight between Garcia and Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather has been the top fighter in the world for a long time, and it would be an excellent opportunity for the undefeated Garcia.
For now, he will sit back and enjoy that he was able to retain his title. He's still an undefeated fighter and one of the best boxers in the world, so whomever he fights next will make for an exciting bout.