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Garcia Holds On To Decision Peterson In Brooklyn  

By Jason Pribila: A boxing lesson was taught tonight at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, USA. No, I am not talking about what Team Peterson will no doubt claim they gave Danny Garcia over 12 rounds. I’m instead talking about the fact that prize fights are scored by tallying up the individual scores that each judge hands in at the end of each round. The rounds are judged evenly, therefore the value of winning the first two rounds are equal to that of winning the final two rounds.


On Saturday night, there is no doubt that the fight unfolded exactly how Lamont Peterson imagined it would. He would use his athleticism and movement to frustrate Danny Garcia early. The moment he felt he had won the early mental game, he would switch gears, and move forward forcing the normally aggressive Garcia to have to fight on his heels.


If this fight took place in the streets and it was broken up after twelve rounds, the buzz on the streets would be that Peterson took Garcia to school, and that Garcia was lucky that the heat showed up when they did.


However, this was a prize fight scored in twelve individual three minute intervals. And while Peterson was moving early, and often making Danny Garcia miss with his punches; he failed to let his own hands go. Sure he was boxing well, but in the eyes of many, Garcia deserved credit for being the only one landing punches. Peterson mastered the art of “not getting hit”, but he failed to “hit”.


The course of the bout changed suddenly in round eight when Peterson decided to come forward. For the first time in the bout, this was not the Lamont Peterson who got destroyed by Lucas Matthysse; but rather this was a man who hydrated 22 pounds overnight and was now two divisions heavier than his foe.


No longer was Peterson on his toes. He instead stood flat-footed, digging body shots into Garcia’s ribcage. He was now the fighter throwing and landing the final punch in an exchange.


It was also at this moment of the fight when Danny Garcia showed the heart and fighting instincts that have carried him thus far in the sport. We’ve seen Garcia fight his way thru adversity in the ring before. When Amir Khan was dazzling him with speed, Garcia bit down on his mouthpiece, stepped into the fire and turned the fight around with a counter punch.


On this evening when it seemed that he was taking punishment, he again chose to try to fight his way thru danger. Garcia also has a very good amateur background, and I’m sure he could also use lateral movement to avoid danger. However, it is in his DNA to fight and not flee.


Does this make Garcia vulnerable? Of course it does. However, it is also the reason why fans are more often than not happy when they invest in watching Danny Garcia fight.


Heading into the championship rounds, Peterson had the momentum. He did damage in round ten. For some reason, he thought it would be a good idea to use movement in round eleven. Once again a fighter sacrificed his next to last opportunity to leave an impression.


Peterson clearly had much more in the final round. Garcia was throwing punches, but at this point the steam was off his punches. Peterson was also carrying the extra weight well, and it allowed him to walk thru Garcia’s resistance. Peterson’s biggest foe was quickly becoming the clock, which would run out of digits with both fighters still on their feet.


The fighters left it in the hands of the judges, who on this night were given a difficult assignment.


There will no doubt be a lot of debate over the fact that none of the three judges scored the bout in favor Peterson. Two judges scored the bout 115-113 for Garcia, while the third card was 114-114. Many will claim that Peterson gave Garcia a boxing lesson. To them I counter that they received a lesson of how prize fights are scored.


Jason Pribila is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He could be reached for questions or comments at: or followed on @PribsBoxing


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