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Matthysse: If I Had a Choice - I'd Want Danny Garcia Next

By Elisinio Castillo

Dangerous welterweight puncher Lucas Matthysse (38-4, 35 knockouts), 35 years old, is still looking for some payback from 2013, when he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) - which took place on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez underdog at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Matthysse believes he will get a step closer to that goal on January 27th, when he faces undefeated Tewa Kiram at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The vacant WBA "regular" welterweight title will be at stake.

Garcia is back in action on February 17th, when he takes on Brandon Rios in a WBC final eliminator from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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In 2015, Matthysse was knocked out for the first time when he was lost to Viktor Postol - as they fought for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title.

Because he suffered a fractured orbital bone in the loss to Postol, he was out of  the ring until May of 2017, when he made his move to the welterweight division and knocked out Emmanuel Taylor.

Matthysse is training hard with coach Joel Diaz and sparring with undefeated Vergil Ortiz and his friend Marcelino "Nino" López (who will also fight on January 27 at The Forum).

"I think it's key for me to win. I know it's also important for Argentine boxing, which is why I sacrifice myself, that's why I came to Indio and I did not spend the holidays celebrating but working and that's why I'm going to win," said Matthysse.

"I also know that if I win, in good fashion, the big fights will come. I'm willing to fight with anyone, but if I had the ability to make the choice - I would want a rematch with Danny Garcia."

"We have worked very well with the team of Joel Díaz, I love the assembly and the understanding that exists. We saw several fights [of Kiram] on YouTube, there are no secrets nowadays, I noticed that he's a tall guy and a good fighter, but the important thing is that with Joel and his brother Toño, my brother-in-law and Mario Arano - we are going to have an excellent preparation."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by larry$ on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;18389128]Why? What kind of awful person roots against The Machine? He fought everyone as soon as they would fight him, and always gave very entertaining fights. [SIZE="7"]He was just unlucky in his career where getting laced in the eye…

Comment by larry$ on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;18389111]The rematch should have happened immediately after the first fight, [SIZE="6"]as the outcome was affected by Matthysse getting laced in the eye in the 4th or 5th round[/SIZE]. It's not as juicy now at 147 pounds four years later,…

Comment by larry$ on 01-08-2018

Why?? so you can get your ass kicked again?

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=eco1;18391613]Fanny Farceia dies before fighting Lucas again.[/QUOTE] If Lucas gets a title and the fight is offered it will happen. The problem is that you dislike Garcia so much that you concentrate only on the negative. I don't like Stevenson…

Comment by eco1 on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=STREET CLEANER;18390741]Never mind the punches that Garcia was landing, the lace that you saw did that eye damage.[/QUOTE] Fanny Farceia dies before fighting Lucas again.

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