Well there's that.
Mike Dallas Jr. was stepping up to face the hard hitting Lucas Matthysse just a few months after the passing of his father and former trainer. He has enlisted the ultra popular Virgil Hunter to coach him, a move that looked like a step in the right direction, since Hunter is known to get the best out of his fighters.
“Virgil is the master when it comes to game planning for a big fight. Matthysse has been beaten before and I’m confident I can beat him.”
Well, the fight didn't go quite the way Dallas Jr thought it might. The first round started out pretty well for the "Silent Assassin", (19-3-1 8KO), as his jab was snapping and he was throwing a nice right hand as well. He was dictating the pace and keeping a good distance from Matthysse (33-2-1 ND 31KO), until he was flattened by a counter right hand that Matthysse threw perfectly after a lazy jab.
Dallas, Jr crumpled face first to the canvas, as he was yet another victim of "The Machine" and his awesome power. It was Matthysse's 10th first round knockout, and his 19th knockdown in his last nine fights. The guy is just a massive puncher.
Paul Malignaggi, the WBA Welterweight Champion of the world, who was doing ringside commentary for the fight, may have summed it up best for Matthysse when he said, "This guy might be the best 140 pound fighter in the world."
"I could see that he was throwing two lefts, and that he took time to throw the right", said Matthysse about the knockout punch."I was waiting for him to throw the left, then I ducked and threw the right".
When asked by Showtime's Jim Gray about who he wants to fight next, Matthysse didn't stutter.
Garcia is set to fight Zab Judah next, and Amir Khan also wants to fight Garcia, so Matthysse could look elsewhere for a fight. One name that comes to mind is his Golden Boy Promotions stable mate Marcos Maidana, whom Matthysse went 0-3-1 against back in the Amateurs.
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