Hard-hitting Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (33-2, 32 KOs) used his extra ordinary punching power to stop Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) in round three at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
The bout was televised by Showtime Championship Boxing.
In the opening stanza, the fighters traded jabs. Peterson, who had said he would avoid slugging with Matthysse, used side to side movement. Matthysse, instead of cutting off the ring, followed Peterson. He did land a strong left hook at the bell.
Matthysse, the WBC interim super lightweight titleholder, upped his pressure in round two. Peterson, the IBF champion, stayed behind his jab and fired right hands. Some found Matthysee, but he ignored them. Near the end of the round, a wide left hook by Matthysse floored Peterson. The punch was more a glancing blow, but illustrated the power of Matthysee’s punches.
Peterson, 29, pulled himself up at the count of six.
In round three, Matthtysse, 30, went to the head body of Peterson. His physicality was proving to be too much for Peterson. A compact left hook put Peterson on his back. He somehow beat the count, but his whole body was quaking. A right hand, followed by a powerful hook put Peterson down again. Referee Steve Smoger looked into the fallen fighters eyes and stopped the fight.
The time was 2:14 of round three.
“ In the first round I was trying to find out what he was going to do,” said Matthysse minutes after the bout ended. “I prepared two months for this fight. I was ready.”
The fight was contested at a catch-weight of 141 pounds. No titles were at stake.
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