Lucas won't hang around in Vegas

  • By: Derek Bilton
  • Last Updated: January 27 2013, 10:10 GMT

Derek Bilton previews this weekend's bout between Lucas Matthysse and Mike Dallas Jr.

Lucas Matthysse: Can strike early

There are few more destructive punchers in boxing than Lucas Matthysse, who this weekend showcases at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas against Mike Dallas Jr.

Matthysse has a 32-2 (30) record and a KO ratio of over 85%. He goes for the Interim WBC light-welterweight title on Saturday night and should he do the business a clash against fellow banger (and WBA and WBC boss) Danny Garcia looks a natural for later this year.

There is not much science to Matthysse. Every round of every fight, he bites down on his gumshield, takes the centre of the ring and let's his hands go. Such a crowd-pleasing style is easy on the eye but in terms of longevity doesn't bode well for a long career.

At 30 he has already achieved a fair bit in the game but so far a world title crack and the riches that come with that have so far eluded him.

The two defeats on his record were contentious. He had both Zab Judah (2010) and Devon Alexander (2011) on the floor but both men regrouped to punch out wins on points. I had him winning the fight against Judah and remember feeling at the time it was the lack of a profile in the US that cost him that one.

He comes to fight though and last time out looked excellent as he inflicted Ajose Olusegun a first ever career defeat (TKO10).

In Dallas Jr he will be fighting someone who may be inspired on the night. Mike lost his father, Mike Dallas Snr to Leukemia late last year at the age of just 45.

Sometimes fighters are inspired after the death of a loved one. Buster Douglas famously lost his beloved mother in the run up to his fight with Mike Tyson and then went on to defy odds of 42/1 to prevail.

Like Douglas Dallas Jr is a rank outsider here with some firms going as big as 12/1 about him winning. However unlike Douglas I am not sure the 19-2 (8) Californian has the firepower to upset the odds in Sin City.

Just eight wins inside schedule against fairly mediocre opposition is a poor return when going in with a killer like Matthysse, but Dallas Jr will have nothing to lose on the night and it should make for compelling viewing.

I see these two throwing caution to the wind and this could result in a violent and bloody early conclusion. It's 6/4 that Matthysse gets the job done inside four sessions and given that the majority of his wins have come before halfway this looks a big price.

  • Preview posted at 2310 GMT on 24/01/2013.