By Ryan Burton
IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander won a close split decision over Lucas Matthysse in June, 2011. Some observers felt that the Argentine sensation deserved to get the nod on the scorecards. On a recent edition of BoxingScene Radio, Alexander said that he had no problem with facing Matthysse again.
That fight was Alexander's last fight as a junior welterweight. He was knocked down in the 4th round and attributed part of his struggles in the fight to the difficulty of making the 140 pound weight limit for the fight.
"I would definitely love to fight Matthysse again, at a comfortable weight. People look at Matthysse and say that he has a perfect record but technically and logically he lost twice to me and Zab. It would be the same (final) result if we fight again but at 147 pounds. That fight was the hardest fight for me to make weight so it would definitely be a different outcome if I was fighting comfortably at 147. A lot of people ask me (about a Matthysse rematch) and I would definitely fight him again," Alexander stated.
The 26-year-old said that Matthysse is the hardest puncher he has faced in his career which is saying a lot being that he has faced many noted sluggers such as Marcos Maidana, and Randall Bailey. He said that the key to beating a strong puncher is to not get caught up thinking too much about their power.
"I must say that Matthysse is the hardest puncher I have been in the ring with. I think a lot of it was the weight (issues) but never the less he hits the hardest. It was mostly the body shots, not so much the headshots. He hit me with some hard body shots.
"People pump his power up and that's all they think about. You can't think about that when you step in the ring. I fought Matthysse, Maidana and Bailey and that's what I did, I didn't think about (the power) in the fights."
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