Danny Garcia vs Lamont Peterson Post Fight Report Card
Danny Garcia’s unbeaten run in the boxing ring continues, but not for the first time in the professional ranks the Philadelphian fighter could well have been looking at a first pro defeat.
Lamont Peterson 33-3-1(17) can count himself extremely unlucky following a career best performance. The IBF Light Welterweight champion – none of the three titles held between the two were on the line – ended the stronger after a first half of the contest that lacked in action.
The final scorecards read 114-114 and 115-113 (twice) for Garcia 30-0(17) who won by majority decision, while most ringside and armchair observers had Peterson a couple of rounds ahead – BoxingNAV scored the contest 116-112 Peterson.
Garcia struggled to land anything in the opening 6 rounds as Lamont looked to circle his opponent, but it wasn’t until around the 5th round and beyond that Peterson began to make Garcia pay.
Had Peterson found his stride earlier one has to wonder if Peterson would have not only won, but possibly stopped the extremely tough Garcia. The WBC & WBA titleholder took a high volume of punishment in the final quarter of the fight, as Peterson backed him up, looking to break Garcia’s will.
Peterson was smart in the early stages, and while his strategy didn’t work on the scorecards it worked to perfection in the ring, as he avoided any punishment early while coming on strong to dominate a tiring Garcia late on.
Garcia was crude in his attacks, but managed to sneak the majority of the first 6 rounds in most people’s eyes. This was thanks to his aggression and in rounds 2, 4 & 6 especially, Garcia had success with the right cross and the jab to the midriff.
Peterson however kept himself thoroughly in the contest, sneaking a couple of the early rounds with great defence and the occasional jab or right cross – which is enough to win rounds when your opponent is landing close to nothing with a far lower connect percentage.
Garcia’s renowned left hook only came into effect later in the contest, but it was Peterson’s lead hook that did more damage, especially in the later rounds when Garcia was backed onto the ropes off the back of multiple left hooks which left damage below Danny’s right eye.
Peterson can take huge credit from this fight, even if he can’t take what would have been a well deserved win over the premiere fighter at 140lbs.
Garcia however will be under further scrutiny, having already come out on the right end of a contentious decision against Mauricio Herrera. Any small talk of Garcia’s potentially fighting Floyd Mayweather will hopefully be hushed. A fight with Adrien Broner in the summer would be much welcomed however.
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