Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Lem's latest: Smoger on Matthysse's KO of Peterson
Referee Steve Smoger, who officiated the Lucas Matthysse-Lamont Peterson fight, says Matthysse is "the hardest puncher at 140 (pounds) that I've ever been in with."
Referee Steve Smoger is known for almost never stopping fights on his own, often allowing bouts to be contested to their violent conclusion either by the fighters' fists, their corners' decision or that of the ringside doctors.
On Saturday night, however, hammer-fisted junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 knockouts) pounded IBF titleholder Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) emphatically enough that even Smoger was convinced to call a halt to the bout at 2:14 of the third and final round.
THE RING's No. 1-rated 140 pounder scored a knockdown in the second round and two more in the third of his 141-pound catchweight bout against Peterson, who was stopped for the first time in his career.
Matthysse earned his sixth consecutive stoppage win since losing to current IBF welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander by disputed split-decision in a 10-round junior welterweight bout in June of 2011.
In defeat, Peterson, 29, lost for the first time since falling by unanimous decision to current WBO 147-pound beltholder Tim Bradley as a junior welterweight in December of 2009, ending a run of 4-0-1, with three knockout wins.
Smoger, who was inducted into Pennsylvania's Hall of Fame on Sunday, shared his thoughts below on the performance of Matthysse, 30, who positioned himself for a fight against unbeaten RING, WBA and WBC champion Danny Garcia on Sept. 7 potentially at The Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Steve Smoger on Matthysse's chin and punching power:
FELIX VERDEJO RISES TO 6-0 WITH FIFTH KNOCKOUT VICTORY
Puerto Rican junior lightweight prospect Felix Verdejo remained undefeated by scoring his fifth straight knockout on Saturday night over Corben Page at Cancha Ruben Zayas Montanez, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.
For Verdejo (6-0, 5 KOs), who turned 20 on May 19, came up with a fourth-round stoppage of Page (4-6-1) for his fifth win of 2013.
Last month, at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Verdejo scored two knockdowns, the second on a vicious right-left-right combination for the first-round stoppage of Steve Gutierrez.
DUSTY HERNANDEZ-HARRISON RISES TO 15-0
Welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (15-0, 9 KOs), of Washington, D.C., scored a fifth-round knockout over Eddie Soto (12-7, four KOs), of Providence, R.I., on Saturday night at The University of The District of Columbia.
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