Matthysse-Dallas Jr: Lucas in a stay busy fight on January 26th
By Dan Ambrose: WBC interim champion Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KO’s) is just trying to stay busy while he waits for more important fights to open up like his long awaited fight against WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia.
Matthysse doesn’t just want to sit around waiting for Garcia to fight him, so he’s staying busy with a fight against #10 WBO Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KO’s) on January 26th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. All you can hope for in this fight is that Matthysse can get some decent rounds in before he knocks Dallas Jr., and hopefully he doesn’t sustain a bad cut, because that would give Garcia more time to fight other guys.
Matthysse would like to get a shot against Garcia in by mid-2013 if possible. However, he still may have to wait in line behind Amir Khan because that’s who Garcia will very likely be fighting in the summer after Garcia gets finished disposing of 35-year-old Zab Judah on February 9th.
Matthysse is coming off one of the most exciting fights of 2012 with his 10th round TKO win over Ajose Olusegun. The fight was a back and forth ward for 10 rounds before Matthysse finally took Olusegun out in the 10th. I don’t expect Dallas Jr. to give Matthysse the same kind of fight because he doesn’t possess the same power, chin or offensive skills as the tough as nails Olusegun. However, Dallas Jr. might give Matthysse enough of a fight to where he has to drag Dallas Jr. into the later rounds before he finally puts him out of his misery for good.
Dallas Jr. was knocked out by Josesito Lopez by a 7th round TKO in January 2011. Lopez went right at Dallas Jr. from round one and turned the fight into a brutal war. Dallas Jr. tried his best but he couldn’t handle the relentless pace of the stronger Lopez and eventually he was taken out in the 7th. It was still a good fight even though Dallas Jr. got beat. He was also beaten by Mauricio Herrera in June of 2011 by a 10 round majority decision. He matched Herrera punch for punch for 10 rounds but in the end he was beaten by a narrow decision.
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