After a tightly contested 12-round brawl Philadelphia native, Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0 17 Kos) snuck by hard fighting Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 Kos) to stay undefeated. On Saturday, April 11, Danny Garcia faced Lamont Peterson, in Brooklyn New York at the Barclay’s center in front of 12,000 fans. Garcia won a controversial majority decision after the judges score cards showed; 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113, in favor of the winner Danny Garcia. The reception from the controversial decision sparked many debates among boxing fans and sports enthusiast, to as if their isn’t a knockout in a closely fought fight, does the Champ always get the benefit of the doubt win?
From the opening bell Peterson who stands at 5’9 with a 72 in’ reach, had the longer reach of the two fighters compared to Garcia stands at 5’9 with a 68.5’ in reach. Peterson established throughout the fight a consistent jab, to keep of the powerful punching of Danny Garcia. Petersons game plan early on in the fight seemed to be stick and move. While Peterson seemed to be running to stay away from the big shots of Garcia, Garcia was still able to land big shots and settle into punches that put him ahead on the judges score card.
Through the first nine rounds Garcia was able to execute his game plan of being the aggressor of the fight by landing big shots and combinations that wouldn’t allow Peterson to stick and move.
By round 10 Peterson, became the aggressor after Garcia seemed to slow down and become exhausted. As the final rounds wound down Peterson came on strong winning, by pinning Garcia along the ropes and landing big shots. The effort from Peterson was there but it was not enough to defeat Garcia on the night. Garcia remained champion and remained undefeated on his career.