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Lamont Peterson ready for best version of Lucas Matthysse

Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse are close to a deal to fight on May 18, and Peterson says he's ready to take on the best version of Matthysse we've seen to date.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse tentatively set to headline on Showtime on May 18 in Atlantic City, Fight Hype caught up with the reigning IBF junior welterweight titlist, who says he's ready to face the dangerous Argentinean, and knows he'll be taking on a guy that can't afford to lose in a big fight.

"He's one of the top guys at 140. He is very hungry to win the championship. He fought Devon Alexander and lost a split decision and he fought Zab Judah and lost another split decision, so right now, he's scratching at the door. And I know how it feels to be right there and not win, and he had to go through it twice. He wanna try to make sure at this point if we do fight, that his third crack at it, he's not gonna want to lose three times on the big stage. If it do go down, I will be prepared. I know I will probably see the best Matthysse possible."

Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO) returned to the ring on February 22, beating down Kendall Holt and stopping him in eight rounds. It was the first time Peterson had fought since December 2011, and he didn't look rusty at all, as he felt out Holt early before taking over the fight and delivering a fairly dominant performance in the end.

Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO), however, is another level up. Peterson says he believes his potential foe is "basic," but definitely a big puncher and a good fighter overall. It's true that Matthysse doesn't do much that's flashy, but he's been on a tear in recent fights, and there are many who believe he should be unbeaten, disputing his losses to both Zab Judah and Devon Alexander.

If it does happen, Peterson-Matthysse is slated to be the main event on that show, with the IBF welterweight title fight between Devon Alexander and Kell Brook moved to a co-feature slot after twice being postponed from main event status.

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