The father and trainer of RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia has said that Lucas Matthysse a will represent “the easiest fight of Danny’s career,” adding that his undefeated son will “destroy” the hammer-fisted Argentine in “four or five rounds.”
Meanwhile, Matthysse, THE RING’s No. 1-rated junior welterweight, claims that it will be Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 knockouts) who will have to be rescued by his dad after he registers what would be his seventh consecutive stoppage victory to wrest the WBA and WBC belts from the 25-year-old boxer’s hands.
“I’m very, very happy, and you know, I’m training so hard. I can’t wait for the day of the fight. I’m really, really excited. But you know what? You know who I’m preparing for? I’m preparing for Danny Garcia,” said Matthysse, 30, who scored three knockdowns during a third-round stoppage of IBF 140-pound beltholder Lamont Peterson in May.
“I’m preparing to fight Danny Garcia, not Angel Garcia. So whatever the father is saying about me, it doesn’t matter. I just don’t care about it. The only thing that’s going to do for me is that it’s going to make me prepare harder for Danny Garcia in the ring. And then, his father is going have to come into the ring and get Danny Garcia out of the ring (after I) knock him out.”
During his last fight in April, Garcia scored an eighth-round knockdown on the way to a unanimous decision over ex-beltholder Zab Judah, whom Matthysse dropped in the 10th round of a 12-round split-decision loss in November of 2010.
Matthysse has a 4-2 record, with four knockouts against six current or former titleholders, having floored all of them, including DeMarcus Corley, whom he dropped nine times on the way to an eighth-round stoppage in January of 2011.
Matthysse also has stopped Vivian Harris and Humberto Soto in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively, with his losses having come by split-decision to left-handers Judah, a two-divsion beltholder, and Devon Alexander, who currently holds the IBF’s 147-pound belt.
A first-round stoppage winner over Mike Dallas Jr. in January, Matthysse softened his stance when asked for a prediction on a round during which he planned to score the knockout, and thus, stop Garcia for the first time in the younger fighter’s career.
“I usually never predict a round in any of my fights, and this one is not going to be the exception. I’m just preparing like I always do. I’m preparing for 12-hard rounds, but I know for a fact that I’m going to win. I don’t like to say this or that, because sometimes you wish for the KO, but it doesn’t come up. So you work hard throughout the fight, and then you can get the KO. I can’t say whether it’s going to happen in this round or that round or this other round. The only thing that I can tell you is that I’m going to win this fight. Danny Garcia’s a champion, and I respect him as a champion, and I believe that he respects me, because I’m also a champion,” said Matthysse.
“You know what, though? One thing that I know is that I’m more powerful than him. I’m very focused and convinced that I’m going to win the fight. If the fight turns out where his father has to come into the ring, well, that’s part of the case, and that’s all that I’m saying. What I’m saying period, is that I’m focused, and my mind is on nothing else but the victory. I’m going to get out of the ring with a victory, and I don’t know if it’s going to be by decision or KO, or if the father is going to have to come into the ring and rescue his son. I can tell you is that I’m in top shape, and that I’m going to be the winner and that’s it.”
Note: Matthysse’s interview was translated by Golden Boy’s Ramiro Gonzalez.
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