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Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse to fight on Mayweather-Alvarez undercard

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Lucas Matthysse celebrates after his TKO victory over Lamont Peterson in May. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lucas Matthysse celebrates after his TKO victory over Lamont Peterson in May. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia will defend his titles against Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse on September 14th on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Saul Alvarez pay per view, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Thursday. The addition of Garcia-Matthysse creates one of the most anticipated cards in pay-per-view history.

The hype for Garcia-Matthysse has been building since May, when Matthysse — with Garcia in attendance — stopped titleholder Lamont Peterson in the third round in Atlantic City. It was the sixth straight knockout win for Matthysse (34-2), who hasn’t lost since a 2011 defeat to Devon Alexander. The win setup the showdown with Garcia (26-0), arguably the top fighter at 140-pounds.

“I’m glad I finally get a chance to fight Danny Garcia,” Matthysse said. “This is the fight that the entire boxing world — especially my country Argentina — and I wanted. I want to thank my promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Mario Arano for making this fight possible. On September 14th, I will show the world that I am the best 140 pound fighter on the planet.”

Garcia has quickly emerged as one of the biggest stars in boxing. After decisioning Erik Morales to win a vacant title in 2012, Garcia followed it up with a spectacular knockout of Amir Khan four months later. He knocked out Morales in a rematch last November and in April outpointed former titleholder Zab Judah.

According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Garcia pushed hard for a Matthysse matchup.

“This is the fight I wanted and the fight that I asked for,” Garcia said. “That is why I’m so happy this fight has been made and will be a part of this huge event. I’m more confident than ever in my abilities and I’m going to show it on September 14th. Matthysse is a good fighter and has a big punch, but I’m a talented fighter with what it takes to be a champion and stay that way. This is an opportunity for the world to see what I can really do in the ring.”

Mayweather-Alvarez was already expected to produce one of the biggest pay-per-view revenues in history, with the popular Mayweather getting a boost from a young star in Alvarez, who has a huge fan base in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. By adding Garcia-Matthysse — which on its own would do a huge rating on Showtime — to the card, the show could come close or surpass 2 million pay-per-view buys.

The fight could also be a showcase, with the winner in line for shot at Mayweather — should he get past Alvarez — sometime next year.

– Chris Mannix

  • Published On Jul 18, 2013
  • 6 comments
    AmandaJohnson
    AmandaJohnson

    It's a major event, drawing major interest because of the massive main event. But, to the credit of Golden Boy and Mayweather -- who appears to have been a part of paying for the Matthysse/Garcia bout -- they are pushing to give fans a great event top to bottom http://watchmayweathervscaneloonline.com .

    joeshine730
    joeshine730

    All this Matty hype is a joke. Two light punchers beat this overrated matty-Jabba amd  tapping Devon.  Matty isn't even a real boxer because he has no skills. 

    touseyd
    touseyd

    mathysee/garcia>mayweather/alvarez