Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Peterson-Matthysse looking good
By Dan Rafael
Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer said he is closing in on finalizing a main event to go along with the Devon Alexander-Kell Brook welterweight title fight on May 18 in Atlantic City, N.J.: a match between junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson and knockout artist Lucas Matthysse.
"Matthysse is on board," Schaefer told ESPN.com. "So now we are waiting on Peterson, but that looks very promising. If we can pull it off, it will be one of the best one-two-punch doubleheaders we could make."
Schaefer is absolutely right about that. I like both of those fights a lot, but Peterson-Matthysse is one of my favorite fights that has been scheduled or is on the drawing board.
Also, Schaefer said he has the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on hold for June 15 to feature the return of lightweight titlist Adrien Broner. That's likely an HBO show. No opponent yet, but Schaefer said he hopes he can make a deal for Broner to face titlist Ricky Burns, of Scotland, now that Burns' March 16 fight with Miguel Vazquez has been postponed and seems on shaky ground.
Schaefer said welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi is due back June 22 for a title defense at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., on a likely Showtime card.
For good measure, in addition to the festivities surrounding the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert Guerrero Showtime PPV event on May 4 in Las Vegas, Golden Boy will put on a Fox Deportes/FSN show May 3 at the Cosmopolitan, Schaefer said.