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Matthysse annihilates Dallas

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com

Las Vegas, NV -- Interim junior welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse literally punched his side of the ticket to a possible showdown with unified titlist Danny Garcia when he annihilated Mike Dallas Jr. in the first round at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Argentinean's last ten victories have been via stoppage and it was assumed that Dallas Jr. would be little more than cannon fodder for Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs). Turns out that assumption was correct. It also didn't help that a some mind games by Dallas (19-3-1) and trainer Virgil Hunter perhaps sped up the process. Prior to the first bell, Hunter accused Matthysse of taking a banned substance in his locker room. The Nevada State Athletic Commission got involved but found no issue and allowed the fight to go on. It was all downhill from there.

Dallas, who earlier in the week said the key was to box and avoid trading punches at all costs, was wary of Matthysse's power from the opening bell. He danced and circled his opponent but Matthysse was determined to not allow this to go on any longer than it needed to. In the final minute of the round, Matthysse unleashed a right hand that slammed into the side of Dallas' head and sent him to the canvas in a heap eerily reminiscent of Manny Pacquiao's slumber against Juan Manuel Marquez. Referee Robert Byrd began the count but waved the fight off when he realized that Dallas had no chance of getting up.

"I was so relaxed. I was waiting for my opportunity to land a shot," Matthysse said through an interpreter afterwards. "I was waiting for him to throw his left, then he ducked and I connected with the right. It wasn't even a clean shot, but I knew when I hit him he wasn't getting up."

Perhaps a testament to his menacing power, the Argentinean was confident that Dallas couldn't take his best shot. And he certainly didn't need any illegal substance to enhance his strength. "I was upset with what (Dallas') trainer did," he said while noting that all he ever takes are vitamins. "I didn't take anything illegal, and the drug test I take will prove that."

Now, with that business handled, Matthysse will turn his attention to the February 9 showdown between Zab Judah and Danny Garcia. With Garcia as the favorite, Matthysse voiced his interest in slugging it out with the young Philadelphia champion. "I want Danny Garcia and all the top fighters at 140 (pounds)," Matthysse said. "I hope he doesn't avoid me."

He's also not counting Judah out and wouldn't mind avenging the man who was the first to put a blemish on his record due to a highly disputed decision back in 2010. "Zab Judah has a great chance to win. This is boxing and anything can happen," he said. Ultimately, all he wants is a chance to put his paws on the top fighters in the 140 division. -- Andreas Hale

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Soto Karass keeps pressure on, decisions Aydin

Conventional wisdom dictates that what starts fast, ends fast. That's exactly what happened to Selcuk Aydin (23-2, 17 KOs) in the co-main event scrap with Jose Soto Karass (27-8-3, 17 KOs). "Mini Tyson" came out with a vengeance in the opening round, but seemed to run out of gas, losing a majority decision in ten round super welterweight action.

Aydin took the center of the ring immediately following the opening bell and swung for the fences against the much slower Soto Karass. The whirlwind pace couldn't be maintained. Soto Karass used a methodical, plodding style to dominate the fight from that point on.

"We managed it a little bit different," Soto Karass said after the victory. "I have more of a boxing skill. That's what we demonstrated tonight."

The man known primarily for a brawling style picked his shots, punishing Aydin's body with alternating left and right hooks. By the third round, Aydin's offensive output had slowed to a crawl. Soto Karass nearly doubled the Turkish fighter's punch count, throwing 950 shots compare to Aydin's 523.

But the devil is in the details of the punch stats. Soto Karass landed a total of 64 shots to Aydin's body. Aydin only managed 11 in return.

The victory is the third straight for Soto Karass who dropped five straight before going on the current streak. - Anthony Springer Jr.

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Charlo outclasses, then crushes Yorgey

It was Jermell Charlo's toughest test to date. He passed with flying colors courtesy of a big right hand. Several of them in fact. The Houston pugilist put on a nearly flawless performance en route to a TKO victory over Harry Joe Yorgey to snare the vacant WBC Continental Super Welterweight title at 1:09 in the eighth round of the title tilt.

With the bout going unquestionably in his favor, Charlo (20-0, 10 KOs) put the exclamation point on the bout with a crushing right cross. The blow caught Yorgey (25-2-1, 12 KOs). behind the ear, flooring him immediately. The Philly fighter stumbled getting up causing referee Kenny Bayless to halt the bout.

"I feel like I've done the best I can do," Charlo said after his twentieth win. "Working hard and training in the gym."

Charlo established his jab early in the opening round and never looked back. The left jab set up the big right hands, which sent Yorgey to the canvas twice in the second frame. There was no shortage of confidence emanating from the unbeaten Charlo.

"I knew this was mine from the get go," he said. "I came out in the first round to get my respect. My brother told me to take his heart."

Charlo's twin brother, who claimed victory earlier that evening, said he knew his brother would come out on top from the opening bell.

"From the start, I already knew he had it, stay with what works. This is what we do," Jermall said in the post-fight interview. - Anthony Springer Jr.

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Olympian Spence flattens Butcher

Nathan Butcher (0-2) never saw it coming. Errol Spence Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs), a member of the 2012 US Olympic Boxing team needed just 66 seconds and a pair of straight right hands to finish Butcher in the TV swing bout. – Anthony Springer Jr.

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Vargas Wrecks Terry In 2nd

Francisco Vargas (14-0-1, 11 KOs) continued his unbeaten ways with a savage 2nd round knockout of Ira Terry (26-11) in a scheduled ten round lightweight bout. Vargas came out with every intention to get Terry out of there and didn't disappoint. After setting the table in the first round with a right hand behind the jab, Vargas turned the pressure cooker up and unleashed in the following frame. A short left hurt Terry as Vargas patiently waited for his opening and obliterated him with a right hand that sent Terry crashing to the canvas in complete disarray. Terry rolled around on the canvas but there was no chance of him getting to his feet as referee Vic Drakulich reached the count of ten at the 1:40 mark. -- Andreas Hale

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Williams Starches Durable Wiggins

Fully equipped with a lead right hand and an inside left hook that couldn't miss, Julian Williams (11-0-1, 6 KOs) remained unbeaten with a 7th round TKO victory over Jeremiah Wiggins after Wiggins corner threw in the towel. Wiggins (10-2-1) wouldn't go quietly and protested his corner waving the white flag despite being fed heavy leather late in the fight that had the Virginian staggering all over the ring. It was an impressive performance from Williams as Wiggins proved to be durable. In the fourth, Williams caught Wiggins with a vicious lead right and the inside left hook that never missed sent Wiggins stumbling into the ropes for as referee Robert Byrd scored it a knockdown. Interestingly enough, Wiggins would begin to yell at Williams despite being in all kinds of trouble. The extra bravado likely kept him on his feet for the duration of the round but couldn't save him for the rest of the fight. A better fifth round was likely due more to Williams taking a round off rather than Wiggins figuring anything out. The trouble began again late in the sixth and continued into the seventh as Williams ransacked his foe's face with a menacing barrage of punches. Wiggins corner could take no more and launched the towel into the ring causing a halt to the fight at the 1:05 mark. -- Andreas Hale

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Charlo turns Williams into human punching bag

When the first punch thrown is a stiff jab that connects, it's an indication that it'll be a short fight. In super welterweight action, Jermall Charlo (11-0, 6 KOs) handedly defeated Joshua Williams (8-5, 5 KOs) when Williams' corner threw in the towel at the close of the fifth. Up until then, Williams was content blocking punches with his face and body as Charlo teed off at will. – Anthony Springer Jr.

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Sandoval makes it entertaining but is overwhelmed by Ramirez

After rebounding from a straight left hand that sent him to the canvas late in the first, Juan Sandoval kept it entertaining but was soundly beaten by Julian Ramirez via unanimous decision. The scrappy Sandoval was docked a point in the sixth round for after holding Ramirez' glove. Ramirez scored big with punches to the body and big jabs from close range. The judges scored the bout 59-53, 59-53 and 60-52. With the victory, Ramirez improves to a perfect 7-0. Sandoval falls to 7-12-1. – Anthony Springer Jr.

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Bennett Crushes Ankrah

Chad Bennett (31-4-3, 22 KOs) scored a resounding 3rd round KO over Ben Ankrah (17-12) in a scheduled ten round super welterweight attraction. Bennett's power was simply too much for Ankrah as he dropped him in the second frame and finished the job at the :59 mark in the third. -- Andreas Hale

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Sands And Begay Engage In Entertaining Draw

Will Sands (3-0-2) and Herb Begay (0-0-2) may not be the most technically sound fighters around but they put on an entertaining back and forth four round middleweight bout that ended via draw. Both Begay and Sands had one another in trouble, Begay rocked Sands in the first and fourth while Sands nearly took out Begay in the third. In the end, scores were 39-37 Begay, 39-37 Sands and 38-38. -- Andreas Hale

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