SAN DIEGO, April 11, 2015 – Danny “Swift” Garcia got a gift from the judges Saturday to maintain his undefeated record with a majority decision over Lamont Peterson.
Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) needed a strong show to wash out the bad taste of his gift decision against Mauricio Herrera and the beatdown of an unequipped Rod Salka, but he didn’t get it. Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) made a mistake in letting too many early rounds go by without enough aggression to win on the judges’ scorecards.
It was so slow in the early going that midway through the fourth round, Garcia had a conversation with Peterson, with the boos of the crowd raining down on them both. Peterson finally started putting it together against Garcia midway through the fight, stepping on the gas in the final three rounds. Garcia’s face looked roughed up and he was bleeding from minor cuts. He seemed tired as Peterson landed nice jabs to the body as well as overhand rights. In his corner, Peterson stood up between rounds and appeared strong enough to fight many more rounds.
Peterson came on strong in the final round, but he waited a little too long. Judge Don Ackerman had it even, but judges Kevin Morgan and Steve Weisfeld had it 115-113 for Garcia. CompuBox stats showed Peterson landing punches at a higher connect rate (34 percent to 29 percent) but Garcia was the busier of the two, and landed 147 power punches to Peterson’s 105.
Did Peterson believe he had won the fight? “I’m not sure if I gave him the first half… I’m pretty sure he won the majority of the rounds early, but he didn’t win them all,” said Peterson. “I came on strong… Every fight is a learning experience, I’ll learn from this, get back in the ring and continue my career,” said Peterson.
His trainer Barry Hunter had a stronger opinion. “I definitely thought down the stretch he won the fight. He threw the more telling blows. A lot of punches were deflected and blocked. Nevertheless, we don’t have a reset button in life. All we can do is move on.”
Both said they would like a rematch, and Garcia said perhaps they could do it again at 147 pounds. Garcia is expected to move up at some point soon. We would like to see a rematch with Amir Khan and Garcia at welterweight. Make it so.
Middleweights Andy Lee and Peter Quillin fought to a hard-won draw in their bout. Judges scored it 113-112 apiece for Lee and for Quillin, and Glen Feldman’s scorecard gave the draw, 113-113. WBO middleweight champion Lee (34-3, 24 KOs) of Ireland would have kept his belt even with a loss to hometown favorite Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) as he was unable to make the weight limit.
Quillin scored first with a powerful knockdown of Lee near the end of the first round. He survived on wobbly legs, and the fight continued to a second suspect knockdown of Lee in the third round. Per the replay, Quillin stepped on southpaw Lee’s foot. Depending on how the judges scored it, it preserved the draw for Quilin rather than a narrow win for Lee. In the seventh round, Lee returned the favor with a left hook, putting Quilin on the canvas for the first time in his professional career.
The pair both spend the lion’s share of the fight looking for the boxing equivalent of a walk-off home run. Had either been even a bit more active or aggressive, it would have swung the fight. After the fight, Lee said of the result: “I thought it was a hard fight to score. He had the knockdowns, but I boxed consistently, I thought, especially down the stretch where it counts. If they gave it to Peter in his hometown, I wouldn’t have had much to argue about to be honest.”
Both proved plenty tough and took significant punishment from the other. “I never give up, you have to carry me out on a stretcher,” laughed Lee. Despite Lee’s saying before the fight it was “unprofessional” of Quillin not to make weight, they embraced after the fight, and Lee said he’d be happy to settle the score with a rematch.
After the NBC broadcast, 2012 U.S Olympians put on a show on NBCSN. Welterweight Errol Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) had little trouble with Samuel Vargas 20-2, 10 KOs) of Canada. Spence had Vargas down in the second round, and it was only a matter of time. He started to work the body, and started in to the head, and the referee had seen enough, stopping it at 1:45 of the fourth round for a TKO win. In just four rounds, Spence had landed 100 more punches than Vargas.
Light heavyweight Marcus Browne Jr. also kept his record intact (14-0, 10 KO) against Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-8-1, 12 KOs). Browne initially had trouble with the taller Pryor Jr. until he came in close and worked to the body, saying after the fight he had to “get dirty.” Pryor retired in the corner after the round, apparently having trouble seeing from one eye, giving Browne at TKO victory.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is president/owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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