While Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse features the IBF titleholder at 140 pounds, and the WBC interim titleholder, this fight is actually a catchweight fight with no title at stake. While that's disappointing, there's a lot more is at stake than just the IBF's red belt, however.
The winner of this fight will ostensibly meet the winner of the prospective Danny Garcia vs. Amir Khan II bout, and the victor of that clash will be indisputably the top dog of the red-hot junior welterweight division.
Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs)
5'6 1/2" tall, 69" reach, 30 years old
Credit: Craig Bennett / Showtime
One thing that makes this an especially noteworthy bout is that it continues Matthysse's record of having no world title fights to his name. It sounds strange, as Matthysse is such a well-established contender in the junior welterweights, but all his past title fights were either for regional belts or for the interim (fake) WBC belt.
In each of his losses, both highly disputed...