Undefeated world light-welterweight champion boxer Danny Garcia spoke with our very own Nestor Gibbs on August 1st about the possibility fighting current IBF world light-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson down the road.
Garcia (28-0, 16 KO), is coming off a disputed majority decision victory over Mauricio Herrera (21-4, 7 KO). Many fans, media, and observers felt that Herrera won the fight, including Showtime’s commentators. On August 9, Garcia fights Rod Salka in a non-title bout.
To put it mildly, Salka fighting Garcia is puzzling at best. The WBA and WBC refused to sanction this fight as a title fight because Salka is not even rated at lightweight, let alone at 140 pounds. Despite the facts, Garcia-Salka will happen.
At the press conference, Lamont Peterson called out Danny Garcia, essentially noting that a fight with Garcia would be the logical answer if both were to win their fights this weekend at the Barclays Center. “Well, I never look for fights,” commented Garcia. “I do not know what he is talking about. My manager looks for the fights.” Both fighters, who are managed by Al Haymon, could make an interesting matchup, however, Peterson’s past history could be the deciding factor on Haymon decides to do next for Garcia.
Gibbs noted that both Garcia and Peterson have fought Lucas Matthysse, but with vastly different results. Peterson met Matthysse in May 2013, with Matthysse winning the bout by technical knockout in the third round. Later that year in September, Garcia fought Matthysse. Despite the hype about a potential upset in the works, Garcia beat down Matthysse, winning a lopsided unanimous decision.
Could Lamont Peterson work his way up the triangle to beat Danny Garcia? “Styles make fights,” Garcia replied. “He knows he got knocked out by Matthysse and he knows that I beat Matthysse. He knows I am a better fighter.” Garcia would later describe the matchup, at this state, as ‘irrelevant.’
A win for Lamont Peterson would probably not guarantee a date with Garcia. While Peterson is defending his IBF title this weekend, Peterson is fighting the unknown Edgar Santana. Given, Garcia is also fighting an unknown, but Peterson is in a lame duck situation. Garcia is in a position where he can pick and choose his opponents, Peterson is not.