Garcia-Matthysse Makes Mayweather-Alvarez a Knockout Card
- Updated: July 18, 2013
You would be hard-pressed to find a boxing card with as much star power as the one taking place on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
We already knew Floyd Mayweather would meet Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on that date. That announcement alone had fans excited and ready to shell out the cash for the mega-fight.
Well, now another mega-fight worthy of its own pay-per-view will be taking place on the same night in the same building.
WBA/WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 20 KO) will meet the hard-hitting Argentinian machine Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO).
Garcia is considered by many to be the top junior-welterweight in boxing, ever since his shocking knockout victory over Amir Khan in July of 2012. He was most recently seen in the ring in April against Zab Judah and earned a unanimous decision victory. His past six fights have all been against current or former world champions, including Zab Judah, Erik Morales, Amir Khan, Kendall Holt and Nate Campbell.
While Garcia has done nothing but win his whole career, his career may have started to get overshadowed by his next opponent.
Lucas Matthysse has been on a tear, winning his last six fights by knockout. His last fight may have been the most impressive, when he made easy work of IBF light welterweight champ Lamont Peterson. Matthysse finished him inside of three rounds and expressed his desire to face Garcia soon after the fight.
Matthysse is glad the fight is made and ready for the big stage.
“I’m glad I finally get a chance to fight Danny Garcia,” said Lucas Matthysse. “This is the fight that the entire boxing world (especially my country Argentina) and I wanted. I want to thank my promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Mario Arano for making this fight possible. On September 14, I will show the world that I am the best 140 pound fighter on the planet.”
There are some out there who accused Garcia of ducking the possible bout with Matthysse, but Garcia says this is not the case. In fact, he says he pushed for the fight to get made, and is confident that he will emerge from the September 14 battle still undefeated.
“This is the fight I wanted and the fight that I asked for. That is why I’m so happy this fight has been made and will be a part of this huge event,” said Danny Garcia. “I’m more confident than ever in my abilities and I’m going to show it on September 14. Matthysse is a good fighter and has a big punch, but I’m a talented fighter with what it takes to be a champion and stay that way. This is an opportunity for the world to see what I can really do in the ring.”
“THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO,“ a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship taking place Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Valvoline, Mexico Tourism and Fred Loya Insurance. In the 12-round co-featured attraction, WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia and thunderous punching WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse square off in a fight presented in association with Swift Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. The mega-event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).
Less than 24 hours after going on sale in June, the event was sold out, but six MGM Resorts properties will host live closed circuit telecasts of “THE ONE.” Properties showcasing the event include ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York. General admission tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $100, not including handling fees, and are available for purchase at each individual property’s box office outlets and also are available for purchase by phone with a major credit card at 866-799-7711. Closed circuit ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.