The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York hosts a super lightweight bout between Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson, as Pundit Arena lists five reasons why ‘Swift’ Garcia will win this Saturday night.
Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia faces Lamont ‘Havoc’ Peterson in a 10 round 143lbs catchweight on April 11th. Garcia, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, usually fights at light welterweight. He is the reigning WBC, WBA (Super), and Ring Magazine champion in his weight class.
Here are five reasons why ‘Swift’ will be victorious in the Big Apple.
Danny Garcia remains undefeated after 29 fights while Lamont Peterson has already tasted defeat twice. The confidence gained from winning fights that he wasn’t supposed to should give him the mental edge.
While he may well find the Mayweathers of the division too much to handle were they ever to fight, we don’t see Peterson as the man to hand Garcia his very first loss.
Lamont Peterson has already experienced a knockout loss, suffering that fate at the hands of Lucas Matthysse.
The fact that it was Matthysse’s left hand that finished the job can only make Peterson even more wary of Garcia’s knockout ability – perhaps affecting the execution of his gameplan.
Danny Garcia’s wicked left hook has garnered him KO success before, and he could well catch Peterson’s somewhat vulnerable chin if ‘Havoc’s defence isn’t up to scratch.
In case the Peterson threatens a knockout of his own, Garcia has already proven that he has a hard chin (arguably taking an excessive amount of punches in the process).
3) Calibre of opponents
Wins over the likes of legend Érik Morales (twice), Zab Judah and Mauricio Herrera stand Danny Garcia in good stead. He was very much the underdog when he took on both Matthysse and Khan, answering his critics and upsetting the odds each time.
To his credit, Lamont Peterson has taken on contenders such as Timothy Bradley and Victor Ortiz – although he lost to the former and drew with the latter.
The difference in fortunes when facing tough opposition could influence Saturday night’s proceedings.
4) Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan
Both men have fought the Argentine and the Brit:
Lucas Matthysse – The Argentinian stopped ‘Havoc’ in three rounds when they met in May 2013. When he met Garcia a few months later in September, ‘Swift’ knocked him down in the eleventh round on the way to a unanimous decision.
Amir Khan – As seen above, the unfancied Danny Garcia finished Amir Khan in devastating fashion, stopping him in four rounds. In contrast, Lamont beat Khan in a controversial split decision. Khan was actually deducted 2 points in rounds 7 and 12 for pushing, which turned out to be the deciding factor as Peterson only won by a single point on two judge’s scorecards.
5) The Honeypot
This will be the second straight over-the-weight bout for Danny Garcia. As he targets the 147lb. Welterweight division, Garcia cannot afford to slip up against the Washington, DC native. Doing so would count him out of immediate potential fights against a raft of stars:
- Marcos Maidana
- Juan Manuel Marquez
- Kell Brook
- Keith Thurman
Of course, the marquee names of the division such as Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao may be retiring soon, and a first loss for ‘Swift’ here would ensure that he would never face them while they remain active. As a result, there’s no fear of Garcia looking past this particular clash, even though there are no titles on the line.
Prediction: Danny Garcia wins by decision (5/4 Boylesports)