Lem Satterfield

Schaefer eyes 140-pound tourney



BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer had plenty to talk about during Saturday night’s post-fight press conference at Barclays Center after 48-year-old former RING middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins dethroned IBF 175-pound titleholder Tavoris Cloud by unanimous decision.

But Schaefer’s comments were not limited to Hopkins-Cloud, and included his vision of a junior welterweight tournament.

For example, Schaefer would like to see the winner of an April 27, Showtime-televised clash between RING, WBA and WBC 140-pound champion Danny Garcia and former titleholder Zab Judah at Barclays Center face that from a proposed May 18 bout featuring IBF junior welterweight beltholder Lamont Peterson and RING No. 1-rated 140-pounder Lucas Matthysse.

The winner of the Garcia-Judah vs. Peterson-Matthysse fight would then face two-division titlewinner Amir Khan, assuming he is able to overcome former two-time lightweight beltholder Julio Diaz in a 143-pound catchweight matchup at The Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, as part of the Garcia-Judah broadcast.

“My plan would be that the winner of Garcia and Judah would fight the winner of Peterson and Matthysse,” said Schaefer. “And then, the winner of that fight would fight Amir Khan” possibly in November or December.

Peterson is coming off last month’s eighth-round stoppage of ex-titleholder Kendall Holt at The D.C. Armory in his Washington, D.C. Schaefer said that he would meet with Matthysse’s co-promoter, Mario Arano, on Monday in an attempt to finalize their bout.

Peterson earned his belt via a disputed split-decision victory which dethroned Khan as IBF and WBA titleholder in December of 2011. Khan was subsequently knocked out by Garcia in the fourth round in July of 2012.

Matthysse has had four straight stoppage wins since sandwiching disputed decision losses to left-handers Judah and Devon Alexander in June of 2010 and June of 2011, respectively, around an eighth-round stoppage of southpaw DeMarcus Corley in January of 2011.


Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com


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