By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBC Interim super lightweight champion Argentinian slugger Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) is ready for battle as he will take on WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) of Philadelphia, on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fightnews.com caught up with “The Machine” Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino as he talked about his preparation and upcoming fight with Garcia.
“I feel great. There is little time left for the fight. I am ready for this fight,” Matthysse told us. “I am happy to be fighting on a card of this magnitude.”
Matthysse trained briefly in his native Argentina then relocated his training camp to the Coachella desert valley in Indio, California in preparation for Garcia. “Training in Argentina and Indio are totally opposite,” he said. “In Argentina it was cool but here in Indio, the heat is scorching but the hotter the better.”
Coming off a third round stoppage over the tough Lamont Peterson this past May in Atlantic City, the 30-year-old Argentinian looks to remove his status as interim champion as he gets his shot at the WBC and WBA titles held by Garcia. “It was a great fight between the two best at 140, it was an honor beating Peterson,” said Matthysse, who has been looking for a shot at Garcia since winning the WBC interim title last year by stopping previously unbeaten Olusegun Ajose in ten rounds.
Garcia is coming off a tough unanimous decision win over former world champion Zab Judah. Last year Garcia burst on to the scene in winning the WBC super lightweight title when he defeated future Hall of Famer and Mexican legend Erik Morales. Four months later Garcia knocked out Amir Khan to win the WBA super lightweight title, and in a rematch with Morales, Garcia destroyed the former world champion in four rounds sending him to near retirement.
“Truthfully I know he is the champ but he has not been in with a fighter like me,” Matthysse said.
When asked about the character and personality of his opponent’s father and trainer Angel Garcia, Matthysse gave us his thoughts on Mr. Garcia. “He has done a good job making his son the fighter that he is. The truth is I know he talks a lot but I am fighting his son, honestly I could care less what he has to say. It’s his son and I that will be in the ring.”
Riding a six fight knockout streak Matthysse has made it clear not to leave it in the hands of the judges. The Argentinian could easily make a case for himself as many experts also feel he should be undefeated. Having lost two fights by split decisions to a pair of slick southpaws Zab Judah and Devon Alexander, Matthysse went in to their backyard, pressured them, scored knockdowns, but still came up sort on the scorecards. “I came to the U.S to stain my record,” he said after the Alexander fight.
Since then things have been brighter for Matthysse, who has made a name for himself in the United States and now he will be on one of the biggest stages on the undercard of the biggest boxing event of the year.
“I have trained hard for this fight. I think putting in hard work in training camp is the key, then the fun comes in the ring. I am working hard. It’s not about the knockout. I will pressure him, I am well prepared, I am coming to win,” Matthysse said.
“Expect the same thing from me and that is all action. Truth is I am going to win. I am confident,” Matthysse concluded.
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