Lamont Peterson vs Lucas Matthysse
By Peter Wells (twitter – @boxingpeter):
Is this the start of a new era? Are we now staring at potential super fights, that will be talked about in years to come in the same breath as the Four Kings. Maybe not. But what some boxing enthusiasts and those who claim boxing is dead more times than Archie Moore had fights, are ignoring is that between the Light Welterweight division and the Light Middleweight division, there is a heap of potential fights that will only do boxing’s image good.
And to figure this out you’ll need a broad mind, so try looking outside of the Canelo-Mayweather box. Just try to imagine the potential fights between the likes of, Peterson, Berto, Ortiz, Khan, Canelo, Garcia, Trout and many more. These will make for thrilling fights and thrilling rivalries. But let me warn you. Don’t get your hopes up just yet.
But if you are a hopeful person, then there is no reason to fear that you are raising your hopes up for nothing. Tomorrow nights match-up between Lamont Peterson(31-1-1 16KOs) and Lucas Matthysse(33-2 31KOs) gives fight fans more than enough reason to be optimistic. This is a fight between two of the premier 140lbs fighters (although it is being fought at 141lbs.
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By Peter Wells:
Danny Garcia and Zab Judah have for the last six months or so expressed their mutual dislike of each other in no more than 140 characters at a time, until Saturday 27th April when the tweeting stops, and the fighting begins. For those of you who have not witnessed the “twitter war” between the two fighters, then you are most probably wondering why this fight is receiving so much attention from fans. The two boxers online squabbling and the near brawl between the two camps has quite simply sold the fight. Suddenly fight fans have gone from “couldn’t care less” to having a rather childish excitement that you usually get at school when you hear a fight is happening on the playground at lunch time.
After a double postponement Garcia-Judah is now going ahead, in what logically will be Zab’s final shot at world glory. But then again when has boxing ever been logical. At 35 Judah knows that time is no longer on his side, and another comprehensive knockout defeat could leave him as gatekeeper for on-the-cusp-of-world-title fighters. For Judah to upset the odds though will take the type of performance that we haven’t seen enough of from Judah. The Brooklynite was all talk before crumbling in 5 against Amir Khan before a victory over Vernon Paris earned him an unlikely shot at the WBC and WBA Light Welterweight titles.
The undisputed champion Danny Garcia currently stands in a position of power that every boxer dreams of reaching. A surprise destruction of Amir Khan last year was followed up by a one-punch KO of Erik Morales. The father-son, trainer-fighter relationship has worked brilliantly so far, in and out of the ring. Charismatic father Angel does all the talking, while son Danny backs it up in the ring. In the build up to Saturday’s contest, saying Angel Garcia has gotten under Judah’s skin would be a ridiculous understatement. During the initial press conference to announce the fight, Judah and Angel almost came to blows when Angel threw an insult about the cap Zab was wearing.
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By Peter Wells:
It has been 11 long years, and many, many wins and titles since Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez fought in the country that raised him. That night Francisco Antonio Mora was the opponent and no one in the same building as Sergio would have had the slightest clue of what greatness Martinez would achieve in the that time before returning to his homeland. He left Argentina an unknown novice and he returns a national hero. Martinez’s status is so large in Argentina he is now even bigger in his homeland than football superstar Lionel Messi.
So who better to take on the daunting task than the unnerved and quietly confident Englishman, Martin Murray. Murray is relishing the opportunity and joins a trio of Englishmen to face the Middleweights best. Murray hopes though that he will not suffer the same fate as his fellow countrymen (Darren Barker was stopped in the 11th and Matthew Macklin was pulled out at the end of the 11th). Murray is a huge, and I mean HUGE underdog going into tomorrow night, but the odds didn’t favour him much better when he set foot in Felix Sturm’s homeland of Germany in December 2011. Murray not only proved he was capable at the top level but he so nearly took the WBA title out of Germany, instead though he had to settle for a draw in which one judge scored him ahead 116-112.
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By Peter Wells (twitter @boxingpeter)
No one ever said fulfilling one’s potential would be easy, and when one hits a roadblock or two it takes a person of unteachable determination and will power to fulfill that promise which has been shifted upon one’s shoulders. So when Amir Khan suffered defeat number three it would take someone with that incredible will power to bounce back and reach the heights that he was expected to reach.
Yet another change in trainer and Khan is set to go again. So here we go. Take four! Now with Virgil Hunter in Khan’s corner, the Bolton born Olympic Silver medalist will take to the ring for the second time since Danny Garcia took Khan out in 4 explosive rounds. First up was the undersized and over matched Carlos Molina (not the Carlos Molina competing at 154lbs), whom was outclassed for 10 rounds before his corner decided enough was enough.
Next up… the experienced Julio Diaz who’s career highlight has been holding the IBF Lightweight title twice. Diaz despite coming off an unlikely draw against Shawn Porter has been stopped in 5 of his 7 defeats, the most recent in 2011 when Kendall Holt scored a third round knockout. A veteran of 48 fights, Diaz will come in the naturally smaller fighter, and despite 29 knockout wins, will lack the power at Welterweight to seriously trouble Khan on Saturday night.
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