SAN DIEGO, September 14, 2013 – Danny “Swift” Garcia of Philadelphia found a way to win again on Saturday night despite being the underdog to Lucas Matthysse of Argentina, remaining the undefeated light welterweight champion.
Garcia’s been here before. He was the underdog against Amir Khan, and knocked him out. He won an impressive decision against a tough Zab Judah. Maybe now boxing media and fans will toss their “Groundhog Day” thinking when it comes to Garcia.
(For the record, this writer called it for Garcia. Thank you).
Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) of Philadelphia was not at all intimidated by Matthysse’s (34-3-0, 32 KOs) impressive knockout record, and showed he is the undisputed champion at 140-pounds with an assured, convincing unanimous decision over Matthysse.
This co-main event always threatened to steal the show from Mayweather vs. Alvarez, and it turned out to be the case. It was an exciting, action-packed fight from start to finish.
Garcia has had some impressive wins, but he’s never been hit by someone with the hands of Matthysse. But true to the game plan, he avoided being hit for the most part, and took what punches that did land extremely well, far better than the 32 opponents Matthysse has knocked out. Matthysse did his Garcia early in the eleventh round to the chin hard enough to send his mouthpiece flying across the ring. Later, Garcia said of the punch: “Oh man, he hit me on the chin, that was a great shot,” smiling. The pause to retrieve and clean the mouthpiece seemed to help Garcia shake it off, and there was no long term impact.
Garcia turned the tables around and challenged Matthysse’s ability to take a punch. The damage becamse apparent in the seventh round, when Garcia’s punishment caused Matthysse’s right eye to swell up to the point Matthysse couldn’t see out of it. He admitted as much after the fight. “I only had one eye for half the fight, but it’s no excuse,” said Matthysse.
Both fighters landed a little more than a third of their punches, but Garcia threw 78 more of them. Garcia’s connect percentage was higher when it really counted, 48 percent of his power punches to Matthysse’s 44 percent.
After the fight, Garcia told Showtime’s Jim Gray in the ring, “I’m the champion of the world, the champion of the world is not scared of nobody. If you can make it out of Philadelphia, you can make it anywhere.” Garcia said he knew he had to go to the body to be effective, and he did.
Garcia said before the fight he had no opponents left at 140 pounds, and intends to move up to 147 pounds. He will be moving into the neighborhood occupired by Floyd Mayweather. There will be a lot of enthusiasm to see these two fight in May, but Garcia should test himself in the heavier weight class with another opponent first to see how it feels. Then he can go after Mayweather, perhaps a year from now.
In the other two televised undercard fights, Carlos Molina (22-5-2) won a solid decision over Ishe Smith (25-6) in what was a rather lackluster, boring fight. Neither boxer could really get his motor running. Fans watching the pay per view probably used the time to run to the bar for another drink.
Pablo Cesar Cano (27-3-1) was in charge throughout his first with Britain’s Ashley Theophane to open the pay-per-view card. Cano, 10 years younger than Theophane, hit him hard enough to make him wobble, bloodied his nose, and didn’t suffer any serious damage from Theophane. He won a split decision.
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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