It was a short and impressive night under the Showtime lights for Argentinian superstar Lucas Matthysse as he stepped into the ring to face American Mike Dallas Jr at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Going into the fight, Matthysse was without a doubt the favorite, and at 2:26 into the first round of the fight, it showed why. As Dallas Jr threw a double jab, Matthysse timed it perfectly and countered with a short right that landed flush, and there it was, lights out for Dallas Jr.
Like one of the most memorable knockouts of recent times, Dallas Jr hit the canvas and his position and lack of movement brought back the image of Manny Pacquiao laid out in the ring, a victim of a vicious right hand by Juan Manuel Marquez.
On this night, Matthysse was the sniper, Dallas Jr was the victim, and if referee Robert Byrd had decided to count to a thousand instead of ten, Dallas Jr might have struggled to make it up from the count on time. Quite simply, it was that impressive of knockout.
Many expected Matthysse to have an impressive performance and he clearly didn’t fail them. With the victory, the networks and fans will be more than eager to see him back in the ring sooner rather than later. Fortunately for Mathysse, there is already a match up out there that most fans are excited about.
That fight is against current undefeated WBC and WBA (Super) Light Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia. Matthysse and Garcia are both known as two of the hardest hitting punchers in their division. As two young fighters in their primes, to see them face each other would be a dream match for the fans.
Before that fight can happen, Garcia has to get over his current opponent Zab Judah, who he is set to face on February 9th at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY. Matthysse lost to Zab Judah back in 2010 by split decision and never got a rematch.
Since then, Matthysse has a lost to Devon Alexander but followed it with four impressive consecutive victories leading up to his fight against Dallas Jr. Now facing the winner of Judah vs Garcia will without a doubt be the first and most lucrative option for him.
If Garcia beats Judah ans stays undefeated, it wil be interesting to see how willing he will be to stepping in the ring against the hard hitting Argentinean. If Judah pulls the upset against Garcia, we have to see how interested he would be in facing a fighter he has a victory over.
Regardless, on February 9th, like most of us, Matthysse will most likely be tuned in to Showtime to find out who his next opponent could very well be.