SAN DIEGO, September 12, 2013 – Both Danny “Swift” Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) of Philadelphia and Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (34-2-0, 32 KOs) of Argentina have made themselves popular with boxing fans for the same reason.
They punch hard.
Bringing these two explosive junior welterweights together for a matchup as part of the Showtime PPV event between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez this Saturday, September 14 in Las Vegas is sheer genius by the promoters.
Serious boxing heads are more excited about this fight in many ways than the main event. Casual boxing fans get a chance to see what the buzz is about. No one should not treat this fight as a time to get up and refresh their drinks before the main event. With the punching power in the ring between the two, it’s not likely to go the distance. It would be a surprise if it lasts longer than six rounds.
In Garcia’s last few fights, he took out Amir Khan and the fading champion Erik Morales with ease, and won a unanimous decision against an impressive effort by a determined Zab Judah. He has come into fights as the underdog numerous times, and he’s never lost.
Matthysse is a knockout artist who takes out the majority of his opponents with early round knockouts. He bulldozed straight over Lamont Peterson in May, dropping him in the second round and twice in the third before the fight was stopped, Journeyman Mike Dallas Junior was knocked out just 2:26 into the first round by Matthysse in January.
This doesn’t impress Garcia’s outspoken trainer, his father Angel Garcia. During Fight Week including at Thursday’s final news conference, Garcia let it rip as he usually does. Garcia was the main draw for the packed room at the MGM Grand. At this point the media and fans would be disappointed if he didn’t.
Garcia raged about Garcia being considered the underdog once again in this bout despite being undefeated, and trash talked Matthysse’s opponents.. “Vegas don’t know nothing, you don’t know nohting. I know everything! … His (Matthysse’s) camp don’t know s***, the fighter don’t know s***, his manager don’t know ***. I know everything! … I’m defending the champ of the world. I’m the most underrated coach there is, he’s the most underrated fighter there is.”
Garcia ripped the lack of support by American Latino fans, saying “Everybody gonna have their Argentine flags out. The same country, the same one that send the welfare check to you. When the U.S.A. government sends you a check, you sign it don’t you? Then you be an Americanito!” to the laughs of the crowd.
After the news conference, Showtime Sports asked Matthysse what he thought of Garcia’s remarks. “Nothing, really, because I don’t undertand what he’s saying. His gestures, his antics make me laugh, but I don’t understand a word he’s saying.” Matthysse said he believes he rightfully is the favorite. “What’s going to happen is as soon as that bell rings, I’m going to come out and fight like I always do and at the end, take those belts back to my house.”
Danny Garcia dismissed what his trainer father sees as a lack of respect. “I really don’t know. I never had good luck on the odds and favorites and stuff like that. I’m ready to win this fight.” Garcia said he plans to come out strong right away. “We’re going to go out there and get his respect, and we will take it from there. All my fights are explosive, smart and explosive.”
“Saturday I’ll have a tough hungry fighter coming at me and I have to get past him,” said Garcia.
Garcia has had some impressive wins, but he’s never been hit by someone with the hands of Matthysse. If Garcia can avoid being hit and challenge Matthysse’s ability to take a punch, he has a chance to win. It’s a good chance. He’s not as much of an underdog as Canelo Alvarez is to Floyd Mayweather. A Garcia win might be a surprise, but not an upset. Garcia is a quality opponent for Matthysse and he’ll prove one way or the other whether his impressive record on paper reflects reality.
The real winners here no matter what the outcome: the fans, who are going to see two accomplished boxers at the most elite level who will put on an exciting show. Don’t tell Money or Canelo, but this is the fight that might end up being “The One” Saturday.
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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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