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Lucas Matthysse is Not Concerned About Vegas Judges

By Keith Idec

Lucas Matthysse didn’t allow two controversial split-decision defeats to deter him from agreeing to fight in the United States again.

“It wasn’t difficult at all because I know I won those fights, people know I won those fights,” Matthysse said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday, referring to debatable losses to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah. “When I was offered this opportunity, I was very happy to come back to the U.S. And what better way [than] to be fighting for the world title. So right away it was not something even to think about. I’m very excited and ready to go.”

Argentina’s Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs, 1 NC) will meet Mexican legend Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) for the vacant WBC super lightweight title on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Victor Ortiz undercard Sept. 17 in Las Vegas.

The Morales fight will mark Matthysse’s return following a 10-round split-decision loss to Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) on June 25 in St. Charles, Mo., near Alexander’s native St. Louis. Judah defeated him by split decision in a 12-round championship elimination match Nov. 6 in Newark, N.J., near where the Brooklyn-bred Judah used to live in northern New Jersey.

“I’m not stressing [over] the judges,” Matthysse said. “I know that Vegas is very different. I hope it doesn’t happen the same as in the past fights, but I’m concentrating on preparing. I’m OK. I leave it in the hands of the judges.”

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has not yet assigned judges to the Matthysse-Morales fight.

Matthysse, 28, has fought almost exclusively in Argentina since he turned pro in June 2004. He is 1-2, with one no-contest, in four fights in the United States.

Despite his record in the United States, Matthysse determined this was a chance he couldn’t pass up.

“When the fight came up, [losing twice by split decision] wasn’t something to think about,” Matthysse said. “It was an opportunity for a world title, to fight Erik Morales. [We] all decided, ‘Let’s do it.’ It’s a great opportunity and we’re going there to win.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ghns1133 on 08-18-2011

i actualy think moraleshas a good chance..... this is the right weight forhim at 130 he was drained.... i do feall for mattysse though i think he better worry about the judges if its close.

Comment by Heeb on 08-18-2011

I really hope this fight's at least competitive, but I see Morales getting beat down.

Comment by chiguy91 on 08-18-2011

i really hope lucas can stop him, even if he feels comfortable with winning a decision. morales did pretty good against maidana, if lucas can stop him, it'll show he's the better fighter, perhaps get him a shot with maidana…

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