Garcia too good for KO king
Danny Garcia beat knockout king Lucas Matthysse on points in Las Vegas on Saturday night to retain his WBC and WBA super-lightweight titles.
Garcia knocked Matthysse down in the 11th round before the two went toe-to-toe in the final seconds of the 12-round showdown, both looking to end the bout with a knockout.
"We had a game plan and we stuck to it," Garcia said. "I stood focused and disciplined. I faced adversity before and he hadn't. I knew I would get this win."
They fought on the undercard of the bout between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez. Garcia improved his record to 27-0 but Matthysse made him work for it and sent Garcia's mouthpiece flying with a hard right hand in the 11th.
Garcia was also deducted a point for a low blow in the final round. But all three judges scored the fight in his favour – 115-111 and 114-112 on the two other cards.
Matthysse, who suffered the first knockdown of his career, now has a record of 34-3.
Garcia was coming off a successful defence of his title with a unanimous decision over Zab Judah in April.
Matthysse has one of the highest knockout percentages in the world, with 94 per cent of his wins inside the distance. He had Garcia in trouble early in the 11th round but the champion rallied to see out the bout.
Earlier, Carlos Molina won the IBF junior middleweight title with a split-decision victory over Ishe Smith.
The 30-year-old Molina captured the first “world” title in his career of 12 years as a professional. The Mexican has now won five of his last six fights, with his record improving to 22-5-2 with six knockouts.
Smith, who beat Cornelius Bundrage in February for the title, fell to 25-6.