Lucas Matthysse putting the hurt on Lamont Peterson in Atlantic City (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)
By Chris Robinson
On Saturday night, Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse once again impressed, blitzing out a very formidable Lamont Peterson in under three rounds.
Tangling with the IBF junior welterweight titlist inside of the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Matthysse would score a knockdown in the second round and two more in the third, the first coming from a wicked left hook, before referee Steve Smoger waived the contest off.
Matthysse sees his record improve to 34-2 with 32 knockouts as fans and insiders cross their fingers in hopes that a rumored September collision with WBA/WBC champion Danny Garcia will come to fruition.
There were several boxing luminaries in the building for Matthysse’s virtuoso display, including former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan.
Khan had other interests for being ringside, including checking out his younger brother Haroon’s second professional bout as well as assessing IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander as a potential opponent, as the St. Louis native carved out a solid victory over Lee Purdy.
Still, Amir couldn’t help but notice Matthysse’s victory.
“Peterson, he had a good game plan,” Khan would say when giving his reaction to the fight in an interview with Sky Sports. “In the first round he was staying away from Lucas Matthysse. He was boxing him and got a little bit more confident and that’s what Lucas wanted. Lucas wanted him to come forward and he caught him with a great left hook.
“I’m quite surprised he got up from that one,” Khan continued. “He showed a lot of guts, the way he got up. The referee should have stopped it the first time.”
Khan knows Peterson very well, as he shared the ring with him in December of 2011 in Washington, D.C. On that evening, Khan suffered a split-decision loss in a terrific, back-and-forth firefight that was filled with controversy.
So too can Amir relate to Peterson when it comes to devastating setbacks, as he twice has suffered horrific stoppage defeats; to Breidis Prescott in September of 2008 and to Danny Garcia this past July in Las Vegas.
In Khan’s opinion, it will be tough for Peterson to bounce back from this one.
“It would be very hard for Peterson to come back from a knockout like that,” said Khan. “It was a devastating knockout, you know. You could see he was hurt badly.”
When asked if he would be interested in facing Matthysse, Khan expressed definite interest in such a dangerous proposition.
“I’d love to,” stated Khan. “[Marcos] Maidana was knocking everybody out and I went in there and I beat him. Lucas Matthysse, my style would suit [myself] very well. I think definitely I’d beat a Lucas Matthysse and I’d go in the same ring with him.”
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