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May 19, 2013

Adam Denman@ringside

Lucas Matthysse KO3 Lamont Peterson... IBF junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson stepped through the ropes against WBC interim titlist Lucas Matthysse in Atlantic City, New Jersey's Boardwalk Hall and the two waged a fight that lived up to the hype. Although Danny Garcia is the true world champion at 140 pounds, this was a 141-pound catchweight fight designed to allow the loser to retain his title belt. The pretext wound up aiding Peterson. 

Matthysse, the power hitter from Argentina, didn’t take long to connect with tremendous shots to Peterson’s head. In first round, only Peterson's footwook allowed him to elude the thrashing that Matthysse was trying to put on him. But in the second, Matthysse started to find the proper distance and began landing punches with ease. A left hook shook Peterson's equilibrium and caused hit to hit the canvas in a delayed reaction.  The crowd of 4,215 rose to their feet, the cheers and chants from the Argentinean fans filling the venue. It was the first of three knockdowns, all from Matthysse's left hook. 

By the third round, Matthyssse timed Peterson and landed a counter left that dropped him once again. This time, referee Steve Smoger had a look of concern in his face and Peterson got up but never recovered. Moments later, Matthysse landed another left that sent Peterson crashing to the matt for the final time. Smoger waved off the fight even though Peterson got to his feet before the ten count was over. 

Peterson lost only the second fight of his career, and fell to 31-2-1 with 16 KOs.  Matthysse improves to 34-2 with 32 KOs (both losses were debatable decisions in his opponents' backyard) and hopes to fight Garcia in his next bout. 

After the fight was over, Peterson said, "I feel good, but I'm a little upset that I lost, but I feel good. I got a little lazy with my jab in there. He hit me in the back of my head. I kept telling the ref he hit me in the back of my head.”

Matthysse proved to be the better fighter and claimed his stake in his post-fight interview through a translator. “Now we all know who the best 140-pound fighter is. No one has dominated Peterson like that." 

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