Peterson Looks To Erase Garcia Loss With Win Over Spence
Lamont Peterson looks to erase a ghost haunting his last appearance at Barclays Center, when he ended up with a controversial loss to Danny Garcia in 2015.
Almost two years after the majority decision loss, Peterson prepares for a welterweight title challenge against Errol Spence Jr. at the same venue. Peterson looks to push the defeat to Danny Garcia out of his mind and look to score an upset win on January 20th.
While he would like to leverage a victory against Spence for a rematch against Garcia, Peterson would be fine if it never comes to pass.
“I’m not really too much worried about it,” Peterson told BoxingScene.com.
“It’s over and done with. You know, things like that happen, where they think you won or whatever the case may be. It’s in the past, so there’s nothing I can do. I can’t change it. No one can. So you just move on.”
Many in the boxing community, especially fans, believe that Peterson defeated Philadelphia’s Garcia in their 12-round welterweight bout, yet Peterson admits, “that really doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, it went in the history books as a loss and that’s what I’ve gotta accept.
“I don’t have anything to prove. I understand this boxing game is a business and things in life just don’t always go your way. Just get over it and move on.”
Peterson paid for his slow start against Garcia, who was undefeated at that time. One judge, Don Ackerman, scored their fight even (114-114), but the two other judges, Kevin Morgan and Steve Weisfeld, scored the fight by the same score, 115-113, for Garcia.
“That was a close fight, man,” Spence said. “I see it as either a draw or Lamont won. But if you see it as a draw, it could go either way, too. It was a close fight, man. I think if Lamont would’ve picked it up a little bit earlier, I think he would’ve won the fight. It was a close fight. I think it could’ve been a draw.”
Spence will make the first defense of his IBF welterweight title against Peterson on a Showtime headlining fight on January 20th.