Matthysse Dusts Peterson in Three. Alexander Stops Purdy

ATLANTIC CITY (May 19, 2013) – It took knockout artist and WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse only three rounds to claim his 32nd knockout against IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson in front of an excited crowd Saturday night. In the co-main event from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Devon Alexander outclassed Lee Purdy with a seventh-round technical knockout win after Purdy’s corner waved the fight off.
 
Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) used the first round to feel out Peterson and promptly picked up the pace in the second. The Argentine began landing with ferocity and eventually dropped Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KO’s) with a left hook late in the round. Early in the third, another left hook landed flush sending Peterson down again. The IBF World Champion beat the count, barely, and was on wobbly legs when Matthysse came in for the finish. Moments later, after the third knockdown courtesy of a left hook, referee Steve Smoger waved off the fight at 2:14 of round three.
 
During the fight SHOWTIME boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi spoke of Matthysse’s power and said, “It is literally like a bomb exploding every time he lands a punch.”
 
After the fight, Matthysse spoke through a translator, “The first round I was trying to find out what I was bringing to the fight. After the second round I started connecting with more force. I had two and a half months of preparation for this fight and that was the difference.”
 
Feeling confident, Matthysse boasted, “Now I know I am the best at 140 pounds because no one has ever dominated Peterson the way I did tonight.”
 
When asked by SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray if he would like to fight Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia, who was in attendance at Boardwalk Hall, Matthysse responded, “Golden Boy and Al Haymon will get me that fight. I’m ready for that fight. I want to fight him.”
 
Gray also spoke with Peterson right after the fight and asked how he felt following the three knockdowns. Peterson said, “I feel good. There is nothing physically wrong with me right now. Of course I am upset that I lost, but so far I feel good.”
 
On his performance, “I think I got a little lazy with the jab. I started relaxing a little bit…I guess he hit me with a good shot. He did a good job. I recovered from that first knockdown and I was okay for a while and then, eventually, he hit me again and he hurt me again. I still thought I could have fought through it but the ref did the right thing. I guess tonight he was (the better fighter). He won the fight fair and square tonight. He’s a good fighter.”
 
In the co-feature, Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s) went to work immediately, wasting no time in taking control of the fight, confusing Purdy (20-4-1, 13 KO’s) at times with a good variation of body work and shots to the head. Purdy was able to stay in punching range for the first few rounds, even getting off some damaging shots of his own, but he was never able to hurt Alexander who easily stayed in control, firing shot after shot. After the seventh, Purdy’s corner threw in the towel.
 
Alexander admitted that he wasn’t able to fight to the best of his ability due to an injury. “I hurt my left hand in the first round actually. I hit him on top of the head. I hurt my hand, but I had to get that out of my mind. I had to fight to win. I wanted to impress tonight. My left hand was on point in camp. When I hurt my biceps, that strengthened my left hand so it would have been popping real hard, but I hurt it. I had to set it up softly. I wanted to use my hook and my upper cut but I couldn’t.”
 
He continued, “There are going to be a lot of critics saying Purdy wasn’t all that anyway, but he’s a good fighter. Over in the U.K. he beat some good guys and I think he was very suitable. He came to fight and he gave me a good fight. I got the win. I got the technical knockout.”
 
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast featuring the dominant performance by Matthysse will replay Sunday at 9 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and Tuesday, May 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. It will be availabe on SHOWTIME On Demand beginning May 19.
 
Results from tonight’s SHOWTIME EXTREME televised preliminary bouts:
 
In a battle of unbeaten contenders, Shawn Porter (21-0-1, 14 KO’s) defeated Phil Lo Greco (25-1, 14 KO’s) via unanimous decision in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.
 
Hot prospect Thomas Williams Jr. (14-0, 10 KO’s) defeated veteran Otis Griffin (24-13-2, 10 KO’s) by unanimous decision in an 8-round light heavyweight bout.
 
2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo (2-0, 1 KO) of England defeated Edgar Perez (5-5, 3 KO’s) via unanimous decision in a 6-round middleweight bout.

AC Fight Night Picks: Alexander-Purdy, Peterson-Matthysse

By: Brandon Stubbs
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Atlantic City will be at the forefront of the boxing world coming Saturday night. Live on Showtime we will witness a light-welterweight showdown between Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse. Also, Devon Alexander will make the first defense of his IBF Welterweight belt when he takes on the UK’s Lee Purdy. Here is a break down of the fights and my winners.

Devon Alexander vs. Lee Purdy
IBF Welterweight Title

For fans in the US, not much is known about Lee Purdy. He was named as a late replacement to face Devon Alexander after several delays and finally a cancellation of the Kell Brook fight. This fight is simply not Devon’s to lose. He has all the skills in the world to go out and get the win, but will his mind be there to do so. For the better part of four months this year, he was gearing up to fight Kell Brook. Injuries from both fighters caused the matchup to be paused before finally being killed off. So will Devon still have the same drive after an opponent change? The answer is yes. Devon is a professional and his trainer Kevin Cunningham will not let him slack one bit. Alexander knows he put the fans to sleep with his performance against Randall Bailey in October, so look for him to be a bit more aggressive this time out and try to win fans back over.

Like most UK fighters, Purdy is tough and will not go down without a fight but is just out classed in this point of his career to have a chance. Calling for Devon Alexander to win on the cards after 12 rounds taking 9-10 of those. He knows an impressive win could punch his ticket to a Mayweather payday.

Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse

This fight isn’t for Lusac’s interim belt he holds or Lamont’s title either due to the governing bodies. So the fight will take place at 141lbs and is technically a welterweight bout, but everyone knows this is to set a mega fight at 140lb with Danny Garcia later this year. What makes this fight so great is the fact that you have two of the best power punchers in the division going toe to toe.
Lamont has said since day one of this fight being announced that he would stand in the pocket and trade shots with Matthysse. He stated that he knows he will get hit, he only fears getting caught by a clean shot. Well, if Peterson plans to stand and trade he will get caught with a clean shot and will go down. With that said, I believe he will try to out box Matthysse first before entering into a fire fight. Lucas does have one punch power, but has seemed to come up short in the big time fights he is in. I don’t see this needing in a KO, but somebody will go down through the course of the bout. I am calling for Lamont Peterson to win on the cards in a close and highly entertaining fight.

Quotes From Peterson, Alexander, Purdy, & Ogogo New York City Press Conference

NEW YORK (May 15, 2013) – All five of the fighters in attendance at Wednesday’s press conference at Lucille’s Bar & Grill (located inside B.B. King’s Blues Club) in New York City were confident and ready for fight night as they discussed their upcoming bouts taking place this Saturday, May 18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
 
In the main event IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s), of Washington, D.C., faces power-punching WBC Interim Super Lightweight Champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s), of Trelew, Argentina, in a 12-round bout at a catch-weight of 141 pounds.  In the co-featured attraction on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s), of St. Louis, will defend his IBF Welterweight Championship against number four rated IBF welterweight contender Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KO’s), of Colchester, England.
 
Fights on SHOWTIME EXTREME®, airing beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, will include a scheduled 10-round bout between promising, world-ranked, unbeaten welterweights Shawn Porter (20-1, 14 KO’s), of Akron, Ohio, and Phil Lo Greco (25-0, 14 KO’s), of Toronto, Canada, and a six-round middleweight bout between highly regarded 2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo (1-0, 1 KO), of Lowestoft, England, who’ll be making his United States debut against Puerto Rico’s Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KO’s).  Haroon Khan (1-0), Amir Khan’s brother, of Bolton, England, will make his United States debut against Vicente Medellin of Riverside, CA in a four round bantamweight bout which, time permitting, will also air on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.
 
In non-televised undercard action, Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KO’s), Lamont’s younger brother and also from Washington, D.C., will face slick veteran Dominic Salcido (18-4, 9 KO’s) of Rialto, CA
 
See below for what the Peterson brothers, Alexander, Purdy, Ogogo, Golden Boy Promotions COO David Itskowitch and SHOWTIME Sports EVP and General Manager Stephen Espinoza said Wednesday.
 
 
LAMONT PETERSON, IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion
 
“I’m looking forward to a great fight this weekend.
 
“This is a great card.  I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions for signing me.  This is our first fight and I think we’re going to do great things together.
 
“If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you need to.  I’m hoping there’s a monitor for me in my locker room to watch the whole card.  There are a lot of my friends fighting Saturday night and of course my brother.
 
“You’ve got Anthony Ogogo, Khan’s brother Harry, the Cincinnati boys and D.C.-native Thomas Williams.  I’m excited to see everyone on the card and I encourage everyone to go get tickets.”
 
 
DEVON ALEXANDER, IBF Welterweight World Champion
 
“‘Finally’ is the key word here.  My fight with Kell Brook was postponed three times.  I was supposed to fight him many times, but now I’m fighting Lee Purdy who’s a very suitable opponent for me.
 
“I’m ready.  It doesn’t matter what Lee Purdy is going to bring Saturday night.  He’s in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I’m ready to fight.  I’ve been ready to fight.
 
“This fight will lead to bigger and better things with SHOWTIME.”
 
 
LEE PURDY, Number Four Rated IBF Welterweight Contender
 
“I’m a big underdog in a lot of peoples’ eyes.  I’m here to fight and put on a good show for the fans.
 
“Fans are paying their hard earned money for entertainment and they don’t want to see fighters holding for 12 rounds. 
 
“This is a fight that I’ve wanted.  I’m coming to bring the upset.”
 
 
ANTHONY PETERSON, Lightweight Contender
 
“I’m excited about my fight, but I’m more excited about my brother’s.  He gets to eliminate this so called ‘Boogey Man.’  I know that’s what’s going to happen Saturday night.
 
“My brother is a solid guy all around, inside and outside of the ring, so that’s going to make a big difference on Saturday night.
 
“My brother is going to take out his [Matthysse’s] power, and it’s going to be a big problem.
 
“Matthysse only knows how to go one way, and that’s forward.  He doesn’t know how to work the inside and Lamont does, so that’s going to be the difference in the fight.”
 
 
ANTHONY OGOGO, 2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist
 
“I’m really thrilled.  This is why I wanted to sign-up with Golden Boy Promotions, to fight in places like Boardwalk Hall.
 
“I’m an ambitious young man and I want to get to the top of world boxing.  I know that’s a few years down the road, but right now I need to take these opportunities as they come, learn and keep getting better and better.
 
“I’m looking forward to the future.”
 
 
DAVID ITSKOWITCH, COO of Golden Boy Promotions
 
“This main event is probably one of the best fights that can be made in a very talent rich weigh class.
 
“Lucas Matthysse is probably one of the most feared fighters on the planet and I think that’s one of the reasons Lamont Peterson wanted to fight him.
 
“Devon Alexander is a great fighter.  That’s all that needs to be said because it is the truth.”
 
 
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, EVP & General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports
 
“During the past few weeks SHOWTIME has been showcasing the best fighters in the world in the 140, 147 and 154 pound weight divisions.
 
“We have been bringing fans not just competitive and exciting fights, but competitive and exciting fights from the biggest names and most skilled fighters in the sport.  That is something that, right now, fans are only getting on SHOWTIME.   This weekend is no exception.
 
“Lamont Peterson versus Lucas Matthysse promises to be one of the hardest hitting fights of the year.”