Danny Garcia to take on Lucas Matthysse in September

CLEM MURRAY / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Danny Garcia will fight for the WBC junior welterweight title in Las Vegas in September.
CLEM MURRAY / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Danny Garcia will fight for the WBC junior welterweight title in Las Vegas in September.
Posted: July 14, 2013

PHILADELPHIA native Danny Garcia will look to show he is the world's best 140-pound fighter when he takes on Lucas Matthysse for the WBC junior welterweight title on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas.

The two have agreed to terms for their much anticipated matchup, several media outlets reported yesterday.

Garcia, the current WBC, WBA and The Ring champion, is looking for his fourth title defense, and his 27th win. He has 16 knockouts, and has yet to lose. He has been the WBC champ in his weight class since March 24, 2012, when he beat Erik Morales to capture the vacant title. On July 14, he unified the titles with a win over Amir Khan, then retained all three when he beat Morales in a rematch on Oct. 20. In his last fight, a 12-rounder on April 27, he took down Zab Judah in a unanimous decision.

Matthysse (34-2-0, 32 knockouts, one no-contest) is coming off a technical knockout win in the third round over Lamont Peterson in Atlantic City. It was the first loss by knockout in Peterson's career. The 30-year-old from Argentina is widely considered the world's best light-welterweight fighter, even though Garcia holds the title.

The fight will be on the undercard of the main event pitting Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand. Both are undefeated.

Many observers have said Garcia, who grew up in North Philadelphia, has been avoiding a fight with Matthysse for months.

The fight will be available on pay-per-view.


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