For a guy that has suffered through two very close decision losses, Lucas Matthysse sounds content with the judges for this Saturday's fight with Lamont Peterson. His first loss was a debatable, though not unjust, decision loss to Zab Judah in 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. That was followed only seven months later with a highly questionable verdict against Devon Alexander. The fight took place in St. Charles, Missouri, right next to Alexander's hometown of St. Louis., and two of the judges somehow found a way to give the fight to Alexander.
Now Matthysse returns to New Jersey for his bout with Peterson. The fight will take place at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, and Matthysse has to be pleased (along with fans) that none of the three judges working the fight had anything to do with his losses to Judah and Alexander. The three appointed judges are Eugene Grant, Barbara Perez, and Luis Rivera. Grant and Perez are from New Jersey, Rivera from New York.
Matthysse's response to capabilities of the judges, via Boxing Scene, was straightforward, like his fighting:
"I'm not worried about the (judging). I'm going to come out to do my work. I'm going to work just like I've been working hard for the fight and I believe the judges will give a clear decision."
As noted earlier, I do not feel the Judah decision was unjust. I had it 114-113 for Judah, though I can see it close either way. Matthysse waited a little too long to let his hands go that night for my liking. The Alexander fight, however, I thought clearly belonged to him. I had it 96-93 for Matthysse.
Either way, it looks to be a great fight tomorrow night. I'm sure many of you are reading this and thinking, "There's no way in hell it goes to the cards anyways, Kory!". You may be right. Only one way to find out.