Danny Garcia: If Lucas Matthysse tries to open up early, he’s going down

The punching power of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse has become a hot topic in boxing circles, especially after the way he dismantled Lamont Peterson in three rounds in May in Atlantic City. That gave Matthysse a record of 34-2 with 32 knockouts.

But Danny Garcia (26-0, 20 KOs), who will defend his two junior welterweight titles against Matthysse on Sept. 14 on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is unfazed. So he says.

“As for Matthysse, he has power, but I have power, too,” Garcia, of Philadelphia, said after a workout this week. “I fought a lot of guys with power. Trust me, I plan to take away his power, make him miss and make him pay.

“If he opens up early to try to get me out of there, trust me, he’s making a big mistake. He tries that and the fight’s going to be over quickly.”

The card will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.

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