This Saturday September 14, Showtime Boxing PPV presents the big one: Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez. The Mayweather vs. Alvarez PPV takes place Saturday September 14 live on PPV. Bloody Elbow will have fight coverage all week and live fight night coverage Saturday night.
Join us all this week as we get ready for the big PPV by taking a look at past fights from Mayweather and Canelo along with Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse to see what we can learn and maybe what to expect Saturday night.
LUCAS MATTHYSSE vs. LAMONT PETERSON
May 18, 2013
The main supporting fight for Mayweather vs. Canelo sees Lucas Matthysse take on Danny Garcia in a great fight. The big weapon to watch for in this fight? The Matthysse KO. With 32 of his 34 career wins coming via KO, Matthysse has made a big name for himself as of late - now he'll look to get KO #33 at the expense of Garcia. And, if fights like his last outing against Lamont Peterson are any indication, chances are good that he will do it.
When a fighter has huge power, it's sometimes hard to technically analyze what makes that fighter so successful, and that's the case with Matthysse. Because what makes him win is, at its core, power. But there are things Matthysse does well against Peterson that allow him to best utilize that power. Chief among them is his ability to turn the fight into a brawl. At first, Peterson tries to box Matthysse, but it's not long before Matthysse is able to drag Peterson into a brawl. Once they are exchanging punches, it's only a matter of time before Matthysse's heavy hands win the battle. Adding to his success in the brawl is a nice ability to counter-punch, and a willingness to trust his chin and take one shot in order to deliver an even harder one himself, which is what brings home the win here.
That said, there are indeed holes in Matthysse's game. Because he pushes for the brawl, he sometimes gives up technique. Watch how when he throws it all into a punch he has a tendency to get off-balance, lunging in, at the same time leaving himself too open. He can improve in his defense, particularly when he is focused on his offense (which is most of the time).
But against Peterson, Matthysse is able to use that power and brawling ability to close the show before any of his defensive flaws can be exposed. Against Garcia, who also has his own defensive gaps, expect to again see him land the heavy shots first, stopping Garcia before Garcia can land enough of his own.
Watch the full fight video of Matthysse vs. Peterson now, and be sure to join us Saturday night for Mayweather vs. Alvarez live fight night coverage, right here at Bloody Elbow.
Want more Matthysse KO action? Check out this fast KO of Mike Dallas Jr.
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