By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
WBA/WBC champion Danny Garcia (30-0 / 17 by KO) opened up an early lead against IBF champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1 / 17 by KO) and hung on dearly to win a majority 12 round decision in their super lightweight non-title bout at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York and aired on NBC-TV.
Fighting at a catch weight of 143 pounds, Garcia won the early rounds, with Peterson early content staying on his toes and keeping his distance. In the later rounds Peterson turned things around and was the better puncher as Garcia tired.
The judges scores were 115-113, 115-113, 114-114 … my unofficial scorecard was 114-114, six rounds each – a draw.
In the co-feature, former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0-1 / 22 by KO) and current WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2-1 / 24 by KO) fought to a split decision draw. The bout was declared a non-title contest because Quillin failed to make the 160 pound weight limit.
Quillin started off fast and strong, dropping Lee in first and third rounds. It appeared that the bout wouldn’t last long, but Lee survived the early onslaught and came back strong himself to drop Quillin in round seven, and from that point in the fight, Lee became the aggressor winning most of the later rounds.
The judges scores were 113-112, 113-113, 112-113 … my unofficial scorecard was 113-112 for Lee.