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“Since Danny Garcia outpointed him last September, Lucas Matthysse had committed himself to the rites of the defeated: there was a change in his corner, delays and mixed messages about his return, and probably, squeezed somewhere onto his crowded flesh, a palliative tattoo. He would speak of what he learned in defeat, too; that small victory for the loser so crucial to dreams of reascension. And to the ring in the StubHub Center in Carson, California, along with his trunks, gloves, gumshield, he brought a grim look that seemed shaded in hesitation.”

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport


Last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse promised a savage consolation for those who preferred punches to pageantry, carnage to catchphrases, and a sense of drama not undermined by the presence of an androgynous teeny bopper mean-mugging. No, Garcia-Matthysse was just a high-stakes fight between two guys who crack heads—perfect, almost foolproof, in its simplicity. To the surprise of most, the fight went the distance; to the surprise of almost as many, Garcia did the best cracking, earning a hard-fought unanimous decision.

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport


Falling somewhere between the bearded lady and the lion tamer in its curiosity and danger, the fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Saul Alvarez—who face each other at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night—is without question the biggest event in boxing. Having learned a few months ago that the success of a Mayweather event is not exclusive of his opposition, Golden Boy Promotions is using the semi as a gruesome audition for Mayweather’s next opponent. Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse will try to unmake each other over a superfluously scheduled 12 rounds. At stake: the junior welterweight crown and a likely crack at Mayweather.

Read Stiff As A Life Sentence: Danny Garcia- Lucas Matthysse Preview on The Cruelest Sport.