Heavy-handed Lucas Matthysse of Argentina once again showed he is perhaps the hardest puncher in boxing, pound-for-pound.
Matthysse on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City stopped Lamont Peterson of Washington D.C. in the third round of their scheduled 12-round junior welterweight fight; actually, the bout was fought at one pound over the 140-pound limit.
Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) decked Peterson (31-2-1) once in the second round and twice in the third, the bout being stopped at 2:14.
In the semi-main event, Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) of St. Louis stopped Lee Purdy of England after the seventh round, when Purdy’s corner would not let him answer the bell for the eighth. It was originally supposed to be a fight for Alexander’s welterweight title, but Purdy (20-4-1) did not make weight Friday, so Alexander’s belt was not on the table.
Lucas Matthysse’s reputation as a hard-hitting fighter is well-earned – he is 33-2 with 31 knockouts. That’s a knockout ratio of 86 percent.
Lamont Peterson knows all about Matthysse, so he realizes that when he squares off with him next Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime), he’ll be in the fire.
“I’m not worried about Matthysse,” said Peterson, of Washington D.C. “I’ve known him for a while. He’s a strong guy. He’s going to bring it all night, pretty much the way I like it to be, and it’s going to be a great fight.
“Everyone keeps asking me about his punching power. I know what I signed up for. I realize I’m going to get hit in the face. But I will be hitting him back.”
Peterson, 29, is 31-1-1 with 16 knockouts. Matthysse is 30.
The card is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions. The co-feature will see Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) of St. Louis defending his welterweight belt against Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs) of England.