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Lucas Matthysse's trainer confident of KO win if it weren't for decision loss

Lucas Matthysse's trainer believes his fighter would have won against Danny Garcia on September 14 if he hadn't lost instead.

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

Trainer Luis "Cuty" Barrera believes that if his fighter Lucas Matthysse hadn't had his eye busted up repeatedly and been outfought and outboxed over 12 rounds by Danny Garcia on September 14, he definitely would have won that fight. Barrera is also the only person alive who thought Matthysse should have won the fight anyway.

"Personally I thought we won by two or three points. If not for the eye, Lucas would have won by KO. I believe we only lost the fourth, seventh, eighth and tenth rounds. When Lucas came to my corner I told him 'stay calm, they are not going to rob us, I'm sure that we won by one or two points.' But that's not what happened," Barrera said.

It's absolutely not what happened. The biggest reason that it didn't happen is that Garcia (27-0, 16 KO) was better than Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO) on the night, including the part where he caused the cut that hampered Matthysse's vision, then kept attacking the cut that hampered Matthysse's vision. Also working against Matthysse was the fact that Garcia was able to give him angles and movement that the Argentine slugger couldn't quite adapt to for the entire fight.

Nobody is saying Matthysse fought poorly, really, but Garcia was just better than him. He was more well-rounded, he did more damage, he was slicker, he looked just as strong. He was better. That's why Matthysse lost. More importantly, that's why Garcia won.

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