With the way Lucas Matthysse took care of Lamont Peterson – decking him three times and stopping him in the third round Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City – there figured to be a call for Matthysse now to fight Golden Boy Promotions stablemate Danny Garcia.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy, said Tuesday he absolutely wants to make that fight. Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs), of Philadelphia, holds two of the four major belts at 140 pounds. Matthysse, of Argentina, has an interim title. But the belts almost don’t matter here. With the explosive power of Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) and the dynamite combination of talent and courage of Garcia, it’s almost a can’t-miss hit.
“It is obviously the two best 140-pounders fighting each other,” Schaefer said. “For many reasons, many people think that Matthysse would win. And there are many reasons why some people think Garcia would win.”
Which makes any fight more intriguing, when it’s difficult to predict the winner.