Boxing: Peterson vs. Matthysse preview, discussion, live fight coverage May 18

Lamont Peterson stands over Amir Khan in their 2011 fight. - Patrick McDermott

This Saturday May 18, Showtime boxing presents an exciting fight as Lamont Peterson takes on Lucas Matthysse. Bloody Elbow has full fight coverage of Showtime boxing Peterson vs. Matthysse, including fight time, fight card, and more.

Saturday May 18, Bloody Elbow presents live fight coverage of Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse, presented live by Showtime Boxing. Peterson vs. Matthysse airs this Saturday, May 18 live on Showtime with a fight time of 9:00 p.m. ET. Bloody Elbow will have live fight night coverage, including results and discussion.

Peterson and Matthysse may not quite bring the same degree of name value as some recent fights, but for the boxing enthusiasts out there, this one is a much watch. Both men are highly ranked in the talent-rich junior welterweight division. Ring magazine has them at #1 and #2, behind only champion Danny Garcia. That should be reason enough alone to care, but as an added bonus, Showtime is really pushing the idea that the winner here will meet Garcia to complete an unofficial 4 man tournament that began with Garcia vs. Zab Judah. Either Garcia vs. Peterson or Garcia vs. Matthysse would be an excellent fight - let's hope Showtime makes it happen later this year.

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Looking at these two men and the way their styles pair up makes it hard to pick a winner. Peterson is building on the strong momentum he started in late 2011 when he defeated Amir Khan by decision. He's since had just one fight - a win last year over Kendall Holt. Matthysse's rise to the top has perhaps been a bit quieter, without a name like Khan on his resume, but he's been a very active fighter, going 4-0 in the time Peterson has fought just once. Matthysse comes in here off an impressive first round lights-out KO of Mike Dallas, Jr. in January (watch that fight here).

In the end, this is a pick 'em between two of the division's absolute elite, setting up an even bigger battle. Put that all together, and you have an absolute must watch fight.

Opening the broadcast will be Devon Alexander vs. Lee Purdy. Purdy steps in on one month's notice as a replacement for Kell Brook, who went down to injury. That change should make this a relatively easy win for Alexander.

Join us here at Bloody Elbow for Showtime Boxing Peterson vs. Matthysse results, discussion, and live fight coverage this Saturday, May 18.


Lamont Peterson (31-1; 16 KOs) vs.
Lucas Matthysse (33-2; 31 KOs)

Devon Alexander (24-1; 13 KOs) vs.
Lee Purdy (23-1; 13 KOs)


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