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Dallas: I’m just going to be smart and fast

World-rated light welterweight Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KOs) is geared up for what will be the biggest and most emotional fight of his professional career as he takes on interim WBC Light Welterweight Champion Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The upcoming fight will be a monumental one in Dallas’ career and personal life, as it will be his chance of achieving his goal of obtaining a title belt, but also his first bout since losing his father to leukemia last November.

“This fight means a lot to me,” the 26-year-old boxer said. “It’s the biggest fight I’ve had. If I win this fight, it takes me to another level.” Dallas has dedicated the bout to his late father, Mike Dallas, Sr. He has been gruelingly training with Virgil Hunter to prepare for the 30-year-old Matthysse, who has scored KOs in 30 of his 32 wins. “I’m just going to be myself and box and take advantage of openings,” said Dallas. “I’ll do what I’ve been taught to do and force him to have to make the adjustments as the fight goes on. I’m just going to be smart and fast.”




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