By Rick Reeno
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas - Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31KOs) crushed Mike Dallas Jr. (19-3-1, 8KOs) with a vicious first round knockout to retain the WBC interim-junior welterweight title. Dallas came out a little wild and was throwing punches that were missing their mark. Matthysse was patient and caught Dallas with a perfect combination of punches to knock him out cold. A right hand caused most of the damage and a follow-up of shots put Dallas, who was already on his way down, fully out. The referee quickly waved off the contest and the ringside physicians rushed the ring.