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Q&A: Matthysse wants Garcia, Rios, Alexander
RING No. 1-rated junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse will be after his fifth straight knockout win against Mike Dallas on Jan. 26.
RingTV.com caught up with THE RING's No. 1-rated junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse in advance of his Jan. 26 clash with Mike Dallas Jr., of Bakersfield, Calif., which will be the main event of a Showtime-televised triple-header from The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
During an interview translated by Ramiro Gonzalez from his native Argentina, Matthysse (32-2, 30 knockouts) discussed his desire for scoring his fifth straight stoppage win against Dallas (19-2-1, 8 KOs), potential fights opposite Philadelphia's undefeated RING, WBA and WBC 140-pound champion Danny Garcia or former lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios, and his long-range goal to rise into the welterweight ranks for a possible rematch with southpaw IBF welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander.
Matthysse, 30, has scored his past two victories by fifth- and 10th-round knockout over former WBC 130-pound and lightweight beltholder Humberto Soto in June and previously unbeaten Olusegun Ajose in September.
The latter was a showcase of Matthysse's notorious punching power against the very tough, but over-matched Nigerian southpaw.
Matthysse has had four straight stoppage wins since sandwiching disputed decision losses to left-handers Zab Judah and Alexander in June of 2010 and June of 2011, respectively, around an eighth-round stoppage of southpaw DeMarcus Corley in January of 2011.
Matthysse hopes to defeat Dallas and to be ringside on Feb. 9, when the 24-year-old Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs) takes on ex-titleholder Judah at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. On Feb. 23 in Detroit, Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs), who is 25, has a defense against Englishman Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs), who is 26.
Meanwhile Rios (30-0-1, 23 KOs), who is 26, has a possible March 30 rematch with Mike Alvarado, against whom he scored a seventh-round knock out in a bloody Fight-of-The-Year-caliber bout in October.
Matthysse, Garcia and Alexander are promoted by Golden Boy, and Rios, by rival Top Rank.
Matthysse-Dallas will headline a telecast that will also feature once-beaten welterweight Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) against Jesus Soto Karass, and junior middleweights Jermell Charlo (19-0, 9 KOs) and Harry Joe Yorgey (25-1-1, 12 KOs) in an intriguing match up.
Matthysse talked about his fight with Dallas, which is for the WBC's interim belt, and the various scenarios a victory presents in this Q&A below.
RingTV.com: How did it feel to win your last two times in the United States against Soto and Ajose after having has those two losses to Judah and Alexander on American soil?
RingTV.com: Do you think that your action-packed fight with Ajose was a plus to your career from a promotional standpoint in America?
They're getting tto know me pretty good. So this fight with Mike Dallas is going to be another step in the right direction toward getting the big, big fights.
RingTV.com: How do you expect the fight with Dallas to go?
RingTV.com: Would you like to fight Garcia after Dallas?
RingTV.com: Will you be ringside for Garcia-Judah if you beat Dallas?
RingTV.com: Do you believe that a fight can ever be made between you and Rios, given the acrimony between Golden Boy and Top Rank?
RingTV.com: When, if ever, would you consider moving to 147?
RingTV.com: What are your thoughts on an eventual rematch with Alexander?
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