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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Three significant fights for Matthysse

By Chris Lees
ESPN Stats & Information

May 18, 2013, versus Lamont Peterson
In what was his most impressive performance as a professional, Lucas Matthysse dismantled IBF 140-pound titlist Lamont Peterson in a nontitle fight with a third-round TKO. Peterson, who was coming off victories over Amir Khan and Kendall Holt, was dropped three times before referee Steve Smoger called a halt at the 2:14 mark. Matthysse improved his impressive KO percentage to 87 percent, which is higher than any of the current titleholders in the junior welterweight division, including Danny Garcia.

June 25, 2011, versus Devon Alexander
Seven months after his controversial loss to Zab Judah, Matthysse faced former 140-pound titleholder Devon Alexander on his home turf just outside St. Louis. Despite outlanding Alexander in total punches (139-116) and scoring the first-ever knockdown of Alexander in the fourth round, Matthysse was on the wrong end of a split decision. Both Larry Merchant and Harold Lederman, who were ringside, scored the fight for Matthysse.

Nov. 6, 2010, versus Zab Judah
Matthysse took on former two-division champion Zab Judah in a title eliminator. In a close battle, Judah eked out a split-decision victory and went to capture the IBF 140-pound title in his next fight. Matthysse impressed many as he stalked Judah all night, eventually knocking him down in the 10th round. The “Machine” was a plus-15 in punches landed and had a sizeable edge in power punches (147-63).

-- Statistical data provided by CompuBox