Matthysse Pounds Peterson; Povetkin Stays Undefeated; Belfort Stuns Rockhold

 

lucas matthyse13Lucas Matthysse runs mark to 34-2

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Matthysse Stops Peterson In Third Round

Lucas Matthysse dropped Lamont Peterson once in the second round and twice in the third round before the match was stopped by referee Steve Smoger
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Lucas Matthysse stopped Lamont Peterson in the third round Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in a matchup of junior-welterweight champions.

Although both own pieces of the 140-pound title, a dispute among the sanctioning bodies prompted the fighters to meet in a non-title fight that lived up to the hype.

“Now we all know who the best 140-pound fighter is,” Matthysse said through an interpreter. “No one has dominated Peterson like that.”

Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) had two knockdowns in the third round.

The Argentine fighter brought a roaring crowd to its feet when he sent Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) to the canvas with a left hook that thudded against his jaw. Peterson, from Washington, D.C., toppled over when he first tried to get up, but barely managed to beat referee Steve Smoger’s 10-count.

Matthysse charged toward Peterson and connected with another left hook that put him down again. Although Peterson got up, Smoger stopped it at 2:14.

Matthysse, the WBC interim champion, put himself in position for a big fight against WBC regular champion Danny Garcia of Philadelphia.

“We have a new Manny Pacquiao,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Shaefer said. “He’s from Argentina and his name is Lucas Matthysse. Words can’t describe how good he is, how exciting he is, how hungry he is. You sit in your seat and you don’t question if he’s going to knock his opponent out. You only question when.”

Matthysse nearly ended the fight in the second round when he connected with a left hook to Peterson’s forehead that put him down for the first time in the bout.

Peterson slowly got to his feet in that one and held on for the rest of the round.

“I feel good,” Peterson said. “I’m a little upset that I lost, but I feel good. I felt as though I could have kept going but he hit me with his good shots. But tonight I guess he was the better fighter.”

In the co-feature, IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander topped Lee Purdy at the end of the seventh round when referee David Fields stopped the fight on the advice of Purdy’s corner.

Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) was supposed to be making his first defense of his IBF welterweight title, but Purdy (20-4-1, 13 KOs) failed to make the 147-pound weight limit.

With the victory, Alexander put himself in position for a potential fight against another English fighter, former junior-welterweight champion Amir Khan. Alexander also would relish a chance to face Floyd Mayweather Jr., regardless of weight class.

“If Amir Khan wants it, he can have it,” Alexander said. “If Floyd Mayweather wants it, he can have it. I just want to fight the best fights.”

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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povetkin13Alexander Povetkin keeps belt

Associated Press
MOSCOW — Unbeaten Alexander Povetkin retained his WBA heavyweight belt Friday night, stopping Polish challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk in the third round for his fourth successful title defense.

The 33-year-old Russian improved to 26-0 with his 18th knockout, flooring Wawrzyk in the second round and again in the third with a right to the head. The referee allowed Wawrzyk to continue before stopping the bout with 31 seconds left in the round.

“We didn’t plan to win by a TKO,” Povetkin said.

Povetkin, who outpointed Ruslan Chagaev in August 2011 for the then-vacant title, will face WBA “super champion” Wladimir Klitschko on Oct. 5 in Moscow.

“Alexander has proved that now he can face Klitschko,” said Kostya Tszyu, Povetkin’s coach. “Time has come for two former Olympic champions to face each other in a very interesting bout.”

Povetkin won the super heavyweight gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games, while Klitschko topped the same division at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Klitschko’s older brother, Vitali, was at the fight Friday and said he was cheering for Povetkin.

`It’s really perfect that Alexander has won today,” Vitali said. “Because the bout between Wladimir and Alexander had been announced, but without Poventkin’s victory today it could have been only an illusion.”

Wawrzyk dropped to 27-1.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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vitor belfort13Spectacular Vitor Belfort Heel Kick Dismisses Luke Rockhold in UFC on FX 8 Main Event

By Brian Knapp

www.sherdog.com
Consider this Vitor Belfort’s contribution to the “Knockout of the Year” pool for 2013.

Belfort (23-10, 12-6 UFC) leveled Luke Rockhold with a spectacular spinning heel kick and polished off the former Strikeforce middleweight champion with a swarm of punches on the ground in the UFC on FX 8 headliner on Saturday at the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. “The Phenom” finished it 2:32 into round one.

Rockhold (10-2, 0-1 UFC) pecked away with punches and kicks but never had a chance to establish himself in the bout. Belfort measured his steps, let loose with the kick and delivered it with equal parts power and precision. Rockhold went down, and though he was still conscious, the American Kickboxing Academy standout could not withstand the follow-up barrage.

“I’ve got to take my hat off. It’s already off,” Rockhold said. “He landed a spinning heel kick to my head. I didn’t see that one coming. I thought I was finding my time, and what can I say? Kudos to him.”

The defeat snapped Rockhold’s streak of nine consecutive wins.

“I just want to get back in the gym and get another fight,” he said. “I felt good tonight. I felt capable of winning this fight. I don’t know. I’m speechless.”

The win, Belfort’s ninth in 11 bouts, could establish him as the No. 1 contender for the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight crown currently held by Anderson Silva. “The Spider,” the last man to beat Belfort at 185 pounds, will defend his title against the unbeaten Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July.

“I’m here to fight,” Belfort said. “I don’t pick fights. I accept fights. The fans decide it. I’m very happy. I’m going to root for Anderson, because he’s doing a tremendous job.”

‘Jacare’ Chokes Camozzi Unconscious

In the co-main event, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza dazzled in his promotional debut, as he rendered “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum Chris Camozzi unconscious with a first-round arm-triangle choke. The lights went out on Camozzi (19-6, 6-3 UFC) 3:37 into round one.

After a brief exchange on the feet, Souza (18-3, 1-0 UFC) struck for a trip takedown and brought the 26-year-old Alameda, Calif., native into his world. Elbows and punches softened Camozzi, who tried to defend against the Brazilian’s otherworldly grappling skills. Souza ultimately moved to mount, transitioned immediately to the arm-triangle choke and waited for it to overtake Camozzi.

“When I was about to make my debut, everyone was asking if I was going to get the jitters, but I didn’t because of the crowd,” Souza said through a translator. “The crowd is fantastic. “We were grappling, and I was waiting for him to give me the opportunity. I saw his neck out there, and I just went for it.”

Dos Anjos took a close one from Dunham.Dos Anjos Edges Dunham on Scorecards

Rafael dos Anjos extended his winning streak to four fights, as he took a unanimous decision from Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts export Evan Dunham in a featured matchup at 155 pounds. Dos Anjos (19-6, 8-4 UFC) swept the scorecards by identical 29-28 counts.

Establishing himself as one of the world’s premier lightweights, dos Anjos beat Dunham to the punch in the early going, as he leaned on crisp combinations and leg kicks. The 31-year-old Oregonian seemed to find his rhythm in the second round, as he pressured dos Anjos from the outside and secured a late takedown. The Brazilian answered with more combinations, effective work in the clinch and slick counter punches.

Dunham (14-4, 7-4 UFC) turned up the heat in round three, where he fired away in combination, moved forward with fearless persistence and came out on the right side of the exchanges. His efforts, however, went for naught.

Natal Wears Down Newcomer Zeferino

Gracie Fusion’s Rafael Natal won for the fourth time in five outings, as he captured a unanimous verdict from Octagon newcomer Joao Zeferino in a middleweight showcase. All three cageside judges struck the decision for Natal (16-4-1, 4-2-1 UFC): 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

Fatigue was Zeferino’s biggest obstacle. The 27-year-old Nitrix Fight Team representative was effective in the first round, where he tagged Natal with overhand rights and threatened him with inverted heel hooks while the two Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts jockeyed for superiority on the canvas. By the time round two arrived, it became evident that Zeferino (13-5, 0-1 UFC) had run his gas tank dry.

Natal capitalized on his fading foe, as he moved into top position and unleashed ground-and-pound. He stepped up his assault in the third round, where he transitioned from mount to the back and appeared to be nearing a finish in the closing seconds.

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