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Holt: Matthysse is now a force, but hard to pick him over Mayweather

Phil Jay 31/05/2013

Former WBO light-welterweight champion Kendall Holt is ticking over in anticipation of his return to the ring after losing out to Lamont Peterson is his fourth world title bid last February.

Holt, who consistently operates in world class, is awaiting the call for his next move after scoring impressive stoppages over Tim Coleman and Julio Diaz – either side of defeats to current belt holders Peterson and Danny Garcia.

“I am back in the gym and I am looking to be in the ring in the summer,” Holt told World Boxing News.

Having been stopped by Peterson in eight rounds last time out, the 31 year-old watched on in surprise as the Washington fighter was completely dismantled by Lucas Matthysse in just over eight minutes at the Boardwalk Hall earlier this month.

The Paterson man may now fancy his chances in a rematch with Peterson and regards Matthysse highly on the back of his victory, although believes a step up to welterweight for the Argentinian against Floyd Mayweather would not be a wise move.

“I thought it was a good match when the fight was announced, but I didn’t expect Matthysse to demolish Peterson the way he did or as quickly as he did,” said Holt.

“I think Matthysse has just established himself as a force in the division with that performance, but no matter how well a guy performs in the ring – it is going to be hard to pick him over Mayweather.”

Matthysse challenging Garcia for his unified belts is now the most talked about fight in the 140lb division, with Holt one of the fringe contenders on the outside looking in and will need a winning return in the coming months to get back into the mix.