Steve Farhood’s “Destructive Dozen”



Jhonny Gonzalez’s first-round annihilation of Abner Mares in August 2013 was overwhelming evidence of the fact that he rates with boxing’s most destructive punchers.

Now the WBC featherweight titlist will defend against Gary Russell Jr. this Saturday on SHOWTIME.

My Destructive Dozen:

Javier Fortuna, 27-0-1 (20), junior lightweight: Perhaps premature to list here, but a personal fave. Especially dangerous in first round.

Gennady Golovkin, 32-0 (29), middleweight: Looked like Martin Murray was gonna be the first to last the distance in a title fight vs. Triple G, but noooooooo…

JHONNY GONZALEZ, 57-8 (48), featherweight: Check out YouTube vs. Hozumi Hasegawa, Roinet Caballero, and Jackson Asiku. The Mares fight was hardly his first highlight-reel kayo.

Wlad Klitschko, 63-3 (53), heavyweight: His right hand was rumored to have knocked down the Empire State Building. Good luck, Bryant Jennings.

Sergey Kovalev, 27-0-1 (24), light heavyweight: Just when it seemed Pascal was getting back in the fight … And who else knocks down Bernard Hopkins?

David Lemieux, 33-2 (31), middleweight: Let’s see if his legit power is sufficient when he moves up to championship level.

Marcos Maidana, 35-5 (31), welterweight: The Broner Owner has impressively carried his power from 140 to 147 pounds.

Lucas Matthysse, 36-3 (34), junior welterweight: Evidence: 1) Humberto Soto’s been down once in 75 bouts, courtesy of Matthysse; 2) What he did to Lamont Peterson; 3) He scored knockdowns in two of his three losses (vs. Devon Alexander and Zab Judah). Does Provodnikov fall next?

Adonis Stevenson, 25-1 (21), light heavyweight: Can it still be said that the southpaw with the huge left hand has kayoed a higher level of opponent than Krusher Kovalev?

Keith Thurman, 25-0 (21), welterweight: Don’t be fooled by his recent decision wins; he scored knockdowns in both of them. He needs to land his right hand only One Time.

Takashi Uchiyama, 22-0-1 (18): Has scored stoppages in eight of his 10 world title fights. Only criticism: He fights solely in his native Japan.

Nicholas Walters, 25-0 (21), featherweight: A combined five knockdowns of Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire have won me over.


Weigh-In Replay: Broner vs. Taylor

Live from Cincinnati OH, SHO SPORTS PRESS PASS LIVE presents the live stream of Broner vs. Taylor weigh-in. Catch headliners Adrien Broner, Emanuel Taylor, Lucas Matthysse, Roberto Ortiz, Andre Berto, and Steve Upsher as they hit the scales one day before their Showtime Championship Boxing event.

The 10 Best Punchers in Boxing

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From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
On Saturday, September 6, bonebreaking bomber Lucas Matthysse will face Roberto Ortiz on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Many a kayo ago, Matthysse, a junior welterweight from Argentina, established himself as one of the biggest hitters in the game. And in boxing, there’s nothing as thrilling as a pure knockout puncher.

My top 10, listed alphabetically. Continue reading

Adrien Broner Returns to Headline Tripleheader Featuring Lucas Matthysse and Andre Berto

Former Three-Division World Champion To Meet Emmanuel Taylor At U.S. Bank Arena, Live On Showtime® Plus, Lucas Matthysse Vs. Roberto Ortiz

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Press Release
Former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner will return to his hometown arena following a two-year absence to headline a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® event on Saturday, Sept. 6 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Broner will face talented young prospect Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor in a 12-round super lightweight bout. In the co-main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the same weight class, Argentine powerhouse Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse will attempt to continue his road back to the top of the 140-pound division when he meets unbeaten Mexican slugger Roberto Ortiz. Continue reading

Behind the Numbers of Matthysse vs. Molina

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Many observers believed last September 14 would see the coronation of a superstar at the expense of an undefeated champion. No, it wasn’t Saul Alvarez against Floyd Mayweather, but rather Lucas Matthysse vs. Danny Garcia. But Garcia used a late-round surge to spoil Matthysse’s party and certify himself as “the man” at 140.

Seven months later, Matthysse begins the road back against a man who knows all about comebacks in John Molina. The Californian with the blue-collar sensibilities pulled off two shocking late-round rallies against Hank Lundy and Mickey Bey and though he has a modest 3-2 record in his last five fights one can never, ever count him out until the final bell.

What can fight fans expect when Lucas Matthysse and John Molina step into the ring tonight? Check out the SHOSTATS® historical comparison report for both fighters calculated from Matthysse’s last 4 fights, and Molina’s last 3 fights.


Prediction: Given their styles and huge power, this will be a fun fight to watch. It may take two or three rounds to warm up but once it does it will explode into a mighty bonfire. Matthysse’s last 4 opponents landed 40% of their power shots, while Molina’s last 4 opponents landed 47% of their power shots. Matthysse’s hands are faster and strike with a bit more power but Molina will keep the faith for as long as he can. In the end, however, Matthysse will emerge with the “W,” and probably the “KO” too.