Lucas Martin Matthysse believes he has the punch power, mentality and experience to not only defeat Lamont Peterson at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday night but also put him line for much bigger fights.
Speaking at the final press conference in New York earlier this week the 30 year-old, who defends his interim WBC light welterweight title and is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, said: "Peterson is a good fighter and a good boxer. He knows how to deal with things when he’s in danger.
"I think I can beat Peterson with my power. I know how to get in the best punches.
Explaining why he thinks he can defeat Peterson, Matthysse added: “It’s a combination of my will to win and my experience. I’ve fought some guys with pretty good names.
"When they told me that I was coming here to fight, I came here with a mentality to win. I didn’t come here thinking that it’s going to be a robbery. Yes, I’ve had those experiences, but I’m not going to get robbed this time.
"I learned early in my career that I have a good punch and have worked very hard to maintain that.
"Winning this fight will open a lot of doors for me and my career. This might be the most important fight of my career. I want big matchups and this is definitely one of them."
May 17, 2013