Garcia vs Peterson, Quillin vs Lee set for April 11
- Updated: February 18, 2015
The Al Haymon takeover continues as he brings more top-notch fights to network television.
The long-rumored bout between Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson is finally official and will serve as the main event at the Barclays Center.
Brooklyn has become Garcia’s (29-0, 17 KO) second home. This will be the Philly fighter’s second straight fight there and fourth bout overall at the arena. He was last in the ring back in April when he demolished a hopeless Rod Salka. This fight with IBF champ Lamont Peterson figures to be much more competitive.
“It’s an honor to be fighting back in Brooklyn where I’ve experienced some of the best moments of my career,” Garcia said. “Fans have been asking for this fight for so long and on April 11 I’m planning on giving them the show they’ve been waiting for. Doing it live on NBC will make it even sweeter.”
Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KO) is on a two-fght winning streak, continuing to bounce back from his devastating knockout loss to Lucas Matthysse. This will also be his second straight fight at Barclays, having last fought on Garcia’s undercard in April.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me fighting in Brooklyn and on national TV in front of millions of people,” Peterson said. “I’m going to go out there and give the performance of a lifetime. Danny Garcia better not underestimate me, because my time is now.”
The co-main event should be fireworks as Andy Lee puts his WBO middleweight title on the line against undefeated Peter Quillin.
Lee (34-2, 24 KO) scored a stunning 6th round knockout over then-undefeated Matt Korobov, who was once the mandatory challenger to Peter Quillin, to capture his first world title. As Jim Lampley put it on the HBO broadcast that night, Lee fulfilled the late Emmanuel Steward’s prophecy.
“I’m looking forward to returning to New York and defending my title against Quillin,” said Lee. “I’m at the peak of my powers now. I cannot see myself losing to anyone. I want to be recognized as the best middleweight in the world and beating Quillin will go some way to proving that.”
Quillin (31-0, 22 KO) is getting a chance to win back the WBO title he voluntarily dropped last year. “Kid Chocolate” says he will beat Lee and challenge all of the top fighters in the stacked middleweight division.
“To be able to fight at home in Brooklyn and win a title on such a big stage is a dream come true,” said Quillin. “I’m honored and excited to be a part of something that is great for my career, but also for the sport of boxing as a whole. I know that I’m going to win on April 11, become champion once again, and then I’m going after anyone and everyone at 160 pounds.”
This event is a part of the new Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series on NBC and takes place on Saturday, April 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Marv Albert will provide blow-by-blow commentary for the fights alongside analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard. Al Michaels will host the broadcast.