The biggest boxing card of the year just got bigger.
In what is being called the most expensive co-featured fight in pay-per-view (PPV) history, undefeated 140-pound sensation Danny Garcia (26-0) will take on Argentine juggernaut Lucas Matthysse (34-2) on the undercard of the Sept. 14, 2013 Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez super card.
Since knocking out Amir Khan in one of last year's bigger upsets, Garcia has been in action twice, blowing away fading veteran Erik Morales and staving off a surprisingly-game Zab Judah. He has, however, been the subject of considerable criticism in that time for his perceived ducking of Matthysse, not to mention his father's continued trash talking.
The jabs only intensified when a picture of a rather shaken-looking Garcia watching Matthysse put down Lamont Peterson went semi-viral. Should he defeat Matthysse, however, expect the people's anger to once again be directed only at Angel Garcia.
Since a 1-2 stretch populated by a questionable decision loss to Zab Judah, a nine-knockdown thrashing of "Chop Chop" Corley, and an incredibly questionable decision loss to Devon Alexander, Matthysse has been on an absolute rampage, stopping six straight opponents in brutal fashion. He picked up the interim WBC title (the main title held by Garcia) by beating down previously-undefeated Olusegun Ajose in 10, then defended it by flatlining Mike Dallas in the first.
His finest hour, though, came against consensus top-five Lamont Peterson, battering him into submission in just three rounds and paving the way for his clash with Garcia.
As a boxing fan, I am incredibly excited for this card. This has the potential to be the greatest card of the decade, perhaps in the last two decades, especially if the proposed fight between junior middleweight standouts Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara is also added.
It is, to put it mildly, one hell of a card, and we'll have all the coverage you could ask for.
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