Lucas Matthysse stopped Mike Dallas Jr. with a devastating straight right hand at 2:36 of the first round Saturday night in his first defense of the WBC interim super lightweight championship.
Neither fighter had done much damage when Matthysse slipped a punch and landed a short right hand that sent Dallas face-first into the canvas at the Hard Rock Hotel. Matthysse flashed a big smile and watched referee Robert Byrd stop the fight as Dallas lay motionless.
''I was so relaxed. I was waiting for my opportunity to land a shot,'' Matthysse said. ''I was waiting for him to throw his left, then he ducked and I connected with the right.''
The Argentine fighter improved to 33-2 with his 31st knockout, possibly putting him in position for a shot at WBC and WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia or countryman Marcos Maidana.
''I want Danny Garcia and all the top fighters at 140 (pounds),'' Matthysse said. ''I hope he doesn't avoid me.''
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