In spite of the scoring by two of the judges having it 114-112 Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia, 27-0 (16), defeated Interim WBC champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse, 34-3 (32), of Argentina with hand speed and combinations the latter could not deal with Saturday night in Las Vegas, NV. Garcia’s WBA Super World and WBC titles were at stake. Matthysse’s defeat of IBF champion Lamont Peterson in a non-title bout in his previous fight leaves no doubt there’s only one direction for Garcia to go and that’s up!
By the 3rd round’s end it was obvious Garcia was in control after Matthysse started showing his frustration of nailing Garcia solidly. Garcia showed no fear of his opponent’s punching power and was willing to trade with him throughout. His jab controlled the fight. By the 6th round Matthysse’s right eye was closing from jabs and lead right hands by Garcia. His single shot body attack made Matthysse’s defense drop at times allowing countering punches to the head of his opponent.
In the 8th round Garcia was landing triple combinations. “I threw combinations because he was standing right in front of me not slipping punches,” said Garcia. Ending the 10th Matthysse’s wild missing left hook had his gloves touching the canvas. After the 11th Garcia smiled at Matthysse who in return smiled back knowing only a knockout could win it for the challenger. Garcia was still in control in the 12th and final round when Matthysse was trying for the knockout when an apparent left hook went south of the border by Garcia. It cost him the round. At best Matthysse won the first 2 and the last round. Robert Hoyle and Juergon Langos had it 114-112 while Glenn Trowbridge scored it 115-111 for Garcia. DHB had Garcia in from 117-110. Tony Weeks was the referee in charge.
Before Garcia intends on moving up to 147 his next fight could be with WBO light welterweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. If not, then one of the champions holding a title at 147 such as Devon Alexander the IBF champion or Timothy Bradley the WBO champion. WBA champion Adrien Broner and WBC champion Floyd Mayweather are bigger money fights down the line.