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 Last update:  5/18/2013       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Peterson-Matthysse: The Trainers Prediction Roundtable
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by David P. Greisman

John Scully (Lamont Peterson): I think Im going to go for a little bit of an upset and pick Peterson. Everybodys high on Matthysse, and I know hes very tough and everything, but Im going to go with Peterson. I think Peterson is hungry. He was there before, and he wants to get back to the spot. I think hes going to be putting his punches together. Hes going to be fast. And I think hes probably going to run into some rocky moments, but Ill pick him to win a decision.

Sam Garcia (Lucas Matthysse): I got Lucas Matthysse by knockout, maybe a stoppage. I think that he punches too damn hard. Hes an underrated boxer. He can put a lot of pressure on. Hes got underrated hand speed. I know Lamont Petersons pretty tough, but hes fighting somebody whos just a bone-crushing puncher. I think its kind of a pick em fight. If you look at their skills and strengths, Lamont Peterson would probably be slightly a little bit faster and would try to box a little bit, but I think Matthysse can also box if he has to.

I think Matthysses learned his lesson from the Judah fight, in that while hes fighting in the United States, no matter who the promoter is, hes going to have to put the pressure on and get his guy out of there. I think hes got a lot of confidence coming in. He feels like hes a world champion. Hes fighting like hes a world champion. I think he beats Peterson. I wouldnt be surprised if the referee steps in, because Petersons so tough. Hes going to take some punishment, I think, and his trainers believe he also has power, so theyre not going to stop it. Its going to be up to the referee to stop it.

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (no pick): Thats going to be a hell of a fight. Thats going to be a hell of a fight. I cant pick that one. Thats going to be a hell of a fight. Lamont cant stand there and punch with him. Hes got to box him. You got a puncher like Matthysse, he can punch in bunches. Itll be a good fight.

Ronnie Shields (Matthysse): Man, you know what? This is going to be a good fight. This is going to be one of the best fights of the year, I believe. You know what: I love Lamont Peterson, because Ive been around the kid for so long, and watching him, and its hard to pick against this guy, but its tough, but Im going to pick Matthysse by a close split decision.

I just think Matthysses power is going to be there, and I think Peterson is going to have to really box a little bit more than hes been boxing in his last few fights. Hes been putting pressure on guys, but I dont think hell be able to do that with Matthysse. If he does, its going to be a great win for him, but I just think Matthysse might be a little too strong, and Matthysse will back him up, and Peterson will have to box a bit more. I just think the strength of Matthysse is going to be a little too much for him, but I dont think Matthysse is going to knock him out. I really think its going to be a close fight, and Matthysse will do just enough to win.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at

Tags: Lucas Matthysse , Lamont Peterson , Peterson-Matthysse , Peterson vs Matthysse


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