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Lucas Matthysse: I Know I Beat Judah and Alexander

By Jake Donovan

If this is the year of crazy scoring, then consider Lucas Matthysse way ahead of the curve. The Argentine banger has lost just twice in a 33-fight career, though there is a strong case to be made that he still deserves to be undefeated.

Matthysse was unbeaten though a bit unproven and perhaps raw when he traveled to Newark, New Jersey in Nov. ’10 to face former two-division champ Zab Judah, born and raised about 45 minutes away in Brooklyn. A slow start turned out to be his undoing, as not even a late-round knockdown could land him on the glory side of a split decision.

Seven months later, Matthysse (30-2, 28KO) once again found himself in hostile territory. Devon Alexander was rebounding from a points loss to Tim Bradley earlier in the year and tapped Matthysse’s shoulder as the comeback opponent of choice.

It almost turned out to be a terrible mistake. Alexander was dropped early and considered fortunate by many to escape his St. Louis hometown with a majority decision.

In both instances, Matthysse’s opponents went on to bigger and better things. Judah fought and beat Kaizer Mabuza for a vacant 140 lb. title. Alexander topped Matthysse’s countryman and old amateur rival Marcos Maidana, settting up a potential summer title shot with recently crowned welterweight beltholder Randall Bailey.

On the outside looking in is Matthysse, who takes on Humberto Soto (58-7-2, 34KO) this weekend in Los Angeles. The bout – which serves as the co-feature for this Saturday’s telecast on SHOWTIME – is a sanctioned #2 eliminator, which means the winner will most likely face Ajose Olusegun to determine who gets to wait the longest for a title shot that might never come.

A win on Saturday would be by far the biggest of Matthysse’s career, though he believes he is the proud owner of two high-profile victories.

“Those were both very difficult fights to have to adjust to them and change the way I fight. I know I won both those fights,” Matthysse continues to believe. “Deep in my heart, I know it. It did hurt me, but we've got to come back stronger and I know we are ready for bigger and better things.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by paulf on 06-19-2012

I only watched the second half of the Judah fight, but he won against Alexander. Matthhysse-Alexander was one of those fights where a guy only won by one or two rounds, but it was an incredibly easy fight to score…

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Comment by chardrnm on 06-19-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12259292]If this is the year of crazy scoring, then consider Lucas Matthysse way ahead of the curve. The Argentine banger has lost just twice in a 33-fight career, though there is a strong case to be made that he still…

Comment by Alx. on 06-19-2012

matthyse won both imo

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