Down and Out: Matthysse Blasts Mike Dallas Jr.

By Slee Christopher on January 26, 2013
Down and Out: Matthysse Blasts Mike Dallas Jr.
To see Dallas lying lifeless on the canvas was one of those awkward moments. (Villasenor)

Matthysse said during the pre-fight press conference that he wanted to win and look good and he absolutely shined on Saturday night…

Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs) is a certified bad ass. The interim WBC super lightweight champion continued his recent tear, dispatching Mike Dallas Jr. (19-3-1, 8 KOs) a mere two minutes and 26 seconds into the first round. Matthysse said during the pre-fight press conference that he wanted to win and look good and he absolutely shined on Saturday night.

Dallas used his quickness and a reach advantage to make the first two minutes competitive. Then came the KO. Dallas pumped a left jab that was short and Matthysse countered with a savage right hand that had Dallas unconscious before he hit the mat. Reminiscent of recent KOs delivered to Paul Williams and Manny Pacquiao, to see Mike Dallas Jr. lying lifeless on the canvas created one of those awkward moments; one where your fandom for the sweet science is suddenly mixed with feelings of guilt and trepidation. Fortunately Dallas was back on his stool moments after the knockdown and eventually made his ring exit with the help of his corner.

With the win Matthysse increased his KO rate to an astounding 89% and showcased the kind of power that makes him one of the most exciting fighters in boxing today. Coming off dramatic TKO victories over Humberto Soto in May and Olusegun Ajose in September—who each tasted the canvas for the first time in their careers—Matthysse is widely considered the biggest puncher in his division. But the win, however spectacular, may turn out to be tainted. During the pre-fight preparations, Dallas’ trainer Virgil Hunter saw Matthysse pop a pill that was said to be Amino 4500 (a legal substance). If this was Virgil’s attempt at psychological warfare, it failed miserably.

Matthysse’s focus now turns to WBA/WBO super lightweight champion Danny Garcia. Garcia tried to brush Matthysse off as “not one of the best” and as nothing more than “a regular tough guy” after his brutal KO win over Erik Morales last October. I have to wonder if that was doublespeak for an extremely high-risk opponent. Fortunately, the WBC stated that they would order a Garcia/Matthysse match if each were to win their next fight. Matthysse did his part Saturday night. Assuming Garcia gives Zab the Erik Morales treatment on February 9th, look out for a battle for super lightweight supremacy in 2013.

During the post-fight interview, a jubilant Matthysse, with tears of joy in his eyes, said, “I was waiting for him to throw the left, and he ducked and I threw the right. I had the future to lose if I would have lost this fight. I’m here for Danny Garcia.”

It’s a fight I fully expect Matthysse will win.

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  1. Darrell 04:08pm, 01/28/2013

    Impressive & dangerous fighter this Matthysse.  As Bodyshots says, he should’ve gotten that Judah decision, even after a slow start he battered Judah about in the 2nd half of that fight.

    A Garcia/Matthysse fight would be quite spectacular.  Garcia is a well schooled boxer with a decent amount of power, he would have to box Matthysse though, can’t see him winning a brawl.  Matthysse does have a tendency to fart around rather than dealing death from the outset though…..this bout excepted of course!

  2. David Matthew 03:43pm, 01/28/2013

    A shame that Garcia is injured for 2 reasons.  (1) I thought the fight with Zab would’ve produced fireworks; and (2) this impedes the explosive build-up for the April Matthysse-Garcia fight that was quite certain to materialize, assuming Garcia could cruise past Judah.

    “But the win, however spectacular, may turn out to be tainted. During the pre-fight preparations, Dallas’ trainer Virgil Hunter saw Matthysse pop a pill that was said to be Amino 4500 (a legal substance). If this was Virgil’s attempt at psychological warfare, it failed miserably.”  Indeed.  Even if it was simply an “amino-acid” or other legal supplement, it ‘d be interesting to see exactly what he was taking and how his performance is altered by the supplement, even if legal. 

    Unfortunately, the state commissions are ill-equipped to regulate and adjudicate effectively, so we likely won’t know any salient details whatsoever, per standard.

  3. Sam 1969 05:19pm, 01/27/2013

    I saw the fight and honestly I thought Dallas Jr. was gonna be a little bit tougher than this. Lucas now should face Garcia in what should be a upstanding fight. I still think Marthysse is a complete KO machine, can break down opponents hitting the body and knocking them down with both hands, not to mention I never saw him in trouble and can absorb good punches so he hasn’t a glass chin like other famous sluggers.

  4. andrew 10:35am, 01/27/2013

    and yet another fighter for floyd to avoid..hey that rhymes!

  5. bikermike 10:12am, 01/27/2013

    I guess all that ...vulcan mind fuck ....that was attempted prior to the fight getting underway just motivated Matthysse even more.

    I’m talking about the ‘protest’ about possible drug infractions….

  6. Bodyshots 09:30am, 01/27/2013

    Garcia v. Mathysse is a fight-fan’s matchup. perfectly-matched at peak moments in their careers. i do expect Garcia to dispose of Zab but it better be in superior fashion to Matthysse’s performance v. Judah, which resulted in an inexplicable scorecard nod for Zab(?!). anyway,  i see a different kind of Rios v. Alvarado matchup shaping-up between Garcia and Matthysse. i give the edge to Matthysse. no grandstanding or ringwear to exploit v. this equally poised and prime puncher. the Threat of Matthysse has arrived and other welters should beware of the savage dog. i can easily see Matthysse becoming Thee dominant welter in the very near future, like Now.

  7. FrankinDallas 08:18am, 01/27/2013

    When is the last time Jackie Kallen had a winning fighter?

  8. THE THRESHER 07:21am, 01/27/2013

    HOLY MOLEY!! Another monster from Argentina.

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