Danny Garcia proved the skeptics wrong yet again, beating Lucas Matthysse over 12 rounds to retain his WBC and WBA junior welterweight titles. Garcia won on scores of 114-112, 114-112, and 115-111. Bad Left Hook had it 114-112 for Garcia, who stays undefeated, improving to 27-0 (16 KO).
Garcia busted up Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO) over the fight, shutting his right eye in the middle rounds. When all was said and done, the 25-year-old Garcia simply proved to be the true champion of the 140-pound division. Matthysse continued to pour on the pressure, but he was a sitting duck for left hooks, which he just couldn't see coming. The fight was high drama with plenty of action, living up to the hype, even though it didn't go the way most expected.
"I'm the champion of the world. The champion is not scared of nobody. If you can make it out of Philadelphia, you can make it out of anywhere," Garcia told Jim Gray when asked how he wasn't intimidated.
"I felt when it got into the later rounds, I threw combinations. He just stood there and didn't get out of the way. Matthysse is a great warrior. He lived up to his name, he's a machine. He kept coming at me," Garcia said.
"I only had one eye for half of the fight. No excuse. Garcia did a great job," Matthysse told Gray. "I'm very proud of what I did. Garcia's a great champion."
It's time to stop saying Danny "knows how to win." He wins because he's a damn good fighter, and that's it.