By Elisinio Castillo
Trainer Luis "Cuty" Barrera is confident his boxer, Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32KOs), would have scored a knockout over Danny Garcia (27-0, 16KOs) if his right eye wasn't damaged in the sixth round.
On September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Matthysse was ahead 58-56 on the scorecards after six, but during that sixth round is when Garcia landed a good punch that practically closed Matthysse's eye. The entire fight changed from that point forward, and Garcia fought his way to a twelve round unanimous decision to retain his WBC/WBA junior welterweight titles.
Even with the eye injury, Barrera thought his boxer did enough to win a decision.
"Personally I thought we won by two or three points. If not for the eye, Lucas would have won by KO. I believe we only lost the fourth, seventh, eighth and tenth rounds. When Lucas came to my corner I told him 'stay calm, they are not going to rob us, I'm sure that we won by one or two points.' But that's not what happened," Barrera said.
A rematch with Garcia is not likely. The Philidelphia boxer is exploring a move to the welterweight division.
"I think Garcia is moving up and the [WBC] title will become vacant again. We'll fight [for the vacant belt], against Amir Khan or anybody else. We are always going to be near the top. Lucas assured me that he will become a 140-pound champion," Barrera said.