Garcia to face Matthysse in title bout on Sept. 14

Garcia to face Matthysse in title bout on Sept. 14
July 18, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Danny Garcia will put his unbeaten record on the line against Lucas Matthysse on Sept 14. (USA Today Images)

One of the most anticipated boxing cards in recent history just got even bigger.

Philadelphia native and unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia will square off against interim titleholder Lucas Matthysse on Sept. 14 as the co-feature match to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s junior middleweight unification bout with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

"This is the fight I wanted and the fight that I asked for," Garcia said in a statement. "That is why I'm so happy this fight has been made and will be a part of this huge event. I'm more confident than ever in my abilities and I'm going to show it on September 14. Matthysse is a good fighter and has a big punch, but I'm a talented fighter with what it takes to be a champion and stay that way. This is an opportunity for the world to see what I can really do in the ring."

"I'm glad I finally get a chance to fight Danny Garcia," Matthysse said. "This is the fight that the entire boxing world (especially my country Argentina) and I wanted. I want to thank my promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Mario Arano for making this fight possible. On September 14, I will show the world that I am the best 140 pound fighter on the planet."

The event will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime Pay-Per-View. Prior to adding the Garcia-Matthysse fight, tickets for the highly-anticipated card had already sold out in less than 24 hours.

"Boxing is at its finest when the best step up to fight the best, and this is what we have with Mayweather and Canelo and now Garcia and Matthysse," boxing legend and president of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, said. "September 14 will be one of the most memorable nights of boxing we have been treated to in a long time."

Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Zab Judah on April 27 to retain his WBA, WBC and The Ring 140-pound titles. Garcia has fought current or former champions in each of his past six bouts.

Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) put on a show in his last fight, delivering a third-round knockout of titleholder Lamont Peterson on May 18. Matthysse's 94 percent knockout mark is one of the highest for a world champion in the history of the sport.