By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
WBC super lightweight interim champion Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) impressively annihilated IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) with a devastating third round KO on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Matthysse floored Peterson once in round two and twice in round three. Referee Steve Smoger waved it off at 2:14. The bout was a non-title match because Matthysse didn’t want to give up his WBC interim belt. Peterson remains IBF welter champ.
After the fight Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer proclaimed that Matthysse is the “new Manny Pacquiao.” Matthysse called out Danny Garcia and stated “Now I know I’m the best 140-pounder because no one has ever dominated Peterson the way I did today.”
IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 13 KOs) scored a dominant seven round TKO Over Lee Purdy (20-4-1, 13 KOs). Alexander stayed right in front Purdy, loading up with high volumes of big shots. Purdy was outgunned but willing to trade. The fight was finally stopped by Purdy’s corner after round seven. The bout was switched to a non-title affair after Purdy failed to make weight.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Shawn Porter (21-0-1, 14 KOs) dropped Phil Lo Greco (25-1, 14 KOs) twice en route to a one-sided ten round unanimous decision. Lo Greco was down in rounds nine and ten. Scores 99-89, 100-88, 100-88.
Undefeated light heavyweight Thomas “Top Dog” Williams raised his record to 14-0, 10 KOs with a one sided unanimous eight round unanimous decision victory over wily veteran Otis “Triple G” Griffin (24-13-2, 10 KOs) by scores of 79-73 x2 and 80-72.
Former 2012 British Olympian Anthony Ogogo (2-0, 1 KO) won his first fight on US soil with a workmanlike six round unanimous decision victory over middleweight Edgar Perez (5-5, 3 KOs) by scores of 60-54 x 2 and 60-53 respectively.
Former IBO flyweight champion Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs) captured a competitive, but one sided eight round unanimous decision victory over Miguel Tamayo (13-6-2, 11 KOs) in their scheduled eight round bantamweight contest. All three judges saw the bout easily in favor of Cesar Seda by scores 79-73, 80-72 and 80-70 respectively.
Junior welterweight Anthony Peterson, the Younger brother of Lamont Peterson, moved to 32-1, 21 KOs with a two round demolition of Dominic Salcido (18-5, 8KOs). The defensive minded Salcido could never muster much of an offensive attack as Peterson continually found his mark with heavy shots throughout. The bout was waived off in the corner at the end of the second round, as Salcido was unable to continue due to a broken nose.
Amir Khan’s brother, bantamweight Haroon Khan (2-0, 1 KO) needed just 57 seconds to dispatch no-hoper Vincente Medellin (0-6)
Three time Olympian and undefeated bantamweight sensation Rau’Shee Warren (4-0, 2KO) continued to look impressive as a professional, dropping Angel Carvajal (2-2)an incredible six times en-route to the fourth round TKO victory. The last came from a sharp left on the button that sent Carvajal down for the sixth and final time forcing Referee Allan Huggins waive the bout off at 2:05 mark of the fourth round.
Heavy handed lightweight Robert “The Playboy E-Bunny” Easter (4-0, 4KOs) kept his perfect knockout streak intact, dropping Eduardo Guillen (0-3) twice, en-route to a one sided second round stoppage. Easter controlled the opening round, as he forced a flailing Eduardo Guillen back throughout with heavy short shots. Guillen made an effort to turn the tide as the bell sound to open round two which led to a toe-to-toe exchange. It would be a big mistake Easter left on the jaw dropped him to the canvas. Surprisingly Eduardo Guillen made it to his feet and desperately tried to recover. East would not let him off the hook and sent him to the canvas with another devastating left on the button. Referee Allan Huggins waved the bout off at the 1:30 mark of the second round.
In the opening bout of the evening, former 2012 US Olympian Jamel Herring (3-0, 2KOs) needed only a hundred twenty one seconds to dispose of an outgunned lightweight Victor Galindo (1-2), dropping him twice en route to the first round stoppage. Herring was on his “A” game from the opening bell and dropped Galindo initially with a right left combination. Galindo rose to his feet and tried to fight back, but he could not match the hand speed or power of Herring. The demolition continued as Herring continued to bang away. Moments later, after about twelve unanswered shots, Galindo dropped to a knee from the damage done by an earlier body shot in the flurry. Galindo’s corner had seen enough and threw in the towel forcing referee Lindsey Page to call a halt the contest at the 2:01 mark of the opening round.