Garcia beats Peterson on NBC
- Updated: April 11, 2015
In the main event of the Premier Boxing Champions telecast on NBC, junior welterweight champ Danny “Swift” Garcia defeated fellow 140 pound champ Lamont Peterson by unanimous decision in a tactical affair at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
Although neither fighter pressed the action for the first few rounds, both began to land clean head shots in tight quarters during round five. The pace picked up in the eighth as Peterson showed aggression with his overhand right while Garcia looked to score with counter lefts.
Garcia generally controlled the distance with his jab and ring generalship, however Peterson pushed the action over the second half of the match to keep it competitive. They rallied down the stretch to close the show strong with accurate combos in the final round, turning a moderate contest into what will ultimately be considered a quality overall boxing match. The judges turned in scorecards of 114-114, 115-113 x2 for the Philadelphia product, who will now look for bigger game in the ultra-talented welterweight class.
In a wild co-feature, former middleweight titlist Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and reigning titleholder Andy Lee fought to a spirited draw in a non-title, rock-em-sock-em affair over twelve entertaining rounds. After a tentative start to the first two minutes of round 1, Quillin opened up and landed a sweeping right cross that decked Lee at center ring. He then followed up with a savage hook to end the round, but couldn’t finish the deal.
Quillin again stunned his Irish rival with a counter hook to end the second frame, which led to an epic third round where both men were rocked on several occasions. The Brooklyn native controlled most of the exchanges in the middle rounds, until getting caught and dropped by a crafty counter right hook inside by Lee in the 7th. Each time it seemed hat the momentum may shift, however, it was Quillin who would land the crisp head shots. Although it seemed that Quillin had taken enough rounds for the decision due to the knockdowns, the judges ended up with tallies of 113-112 Peter, 113-112 Andy, and a 113-113 even card.
The network broadcast suits rolled-out the A-team for the event, with Bob Costas and Al Michaels serving as hosts, along with Marv Albert and Sugar Ray Leonard on blow-by-blow duty.