Featuring as the chief support to the Mayweather v Canelo match up this fight has the potential to lift the roof off of the MGM Grand in what cannot fail to be a highly explosive match up between two of the sports biggest punchers. Argentinian hitman, Lucas Matthysse, takes on Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia for the WBA and WBC world light welterweight titles.
There aren’t many who are tipping this to go the distance and its not hard to see why. Matthysse 34W (32KO) -2L has one of the highest knockout ratio’s in the game and has shown nuclear power in his last 2 fights against Mike Dallas Jr. and Lamont Peterson. His devastating destruction of Lamont Peterson last time out really sent a shockwaves through the rest of the division as he brutally knocked out a fighter in the 3rd round who was highly respected for his strength and durability. Garcia was there to witness it first hand.
Even in his 2 career losses (both of which came by split decision) he knocked both opponents to the canvas. Those 2 losses came against two slick counter boxers in Devon Alexander and Zab Judah. Its fair to say that Garcia doesn’t posess the same movement and cautious approach as either of those fighters and this may play into the Argentinian hands. Many fans will have seen other reputable punchers, Gennady Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev both win there fights emphatically this year and Matthysse is in the same mould.
Garcia, 26W (16KO) – 0L, is always underestimated and despite beating everyone he has been put up against to become the world champion he goes into the fight an underdog. However the underdog tag is a label the Latin American is no stranger to and seems to relish and rise to the challenge presented by it. There looks to be some value in the 5/2 odds for an outright win. Remember he still has the menatlity of an unbeaten fighter with his 0 still intact.
He posesses a wicked left hook in his offensive arsenal that the likes of Erik Morales and Amir Khan both fell victim to. He has sometimes been desribed as good at everything without being sensational in one aspect which leaves him an under rated fighter. For me one of his exceptional aspects is his timing of shots which enables him to land flush. He is a compact operator and in this fight he will have the height advantage. If Matthysse tries to blow him out of the water and is too reckless from the first bell he could be surprised. A massive 20/1 is available for Garcia rounds 1-4.
Whoever raises there game on the night will be victorious and whilst a Matthysse knockout win is highly possible 4/7, it wouldn’t be a shock if Garcia pulled a win out the bag with his own power. It really would be a surprise if this goes the distance though.