Monday, June 23, 2014
D. Garcia to top Aug. 9 card
By Dan Rafael
Danny Garcia's next fight could pave the way for a 140-pound showdown with Lamont Peterson.
Whether the mandatory fight between welterweight titlist Shawn Porter and England's Kell Brook takes place or not, it won't be on Aug. 9, as originally planned.
That was the date that Golden Boy, representing Porter, and Brook promoter Eddie Hearn settled on as they made a deal for the fight and avoided a purse bid.
However, both sides told ESPN.com over the weekend that the fight likely will be moved to another date while Golden Boy will still go ahead with an Aug. 9 Showtime card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Topping the show will be junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) with junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs) defending on the undercard.
Neither has an opponent yet, but Golden Boy's intention, if they both win, is to match them later in the year to unify their titles. That means Garcia, who talked about a move to welterweight following his tough decision win against Mauricio Herrera on March 15, probably will remain at 140 pounds for at least two more fights before moving up next year.
Also on the card, Brooklyn's own Daniel Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) will face Australia's Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) for a secondary middleweight belt; Gennady Golovkin has the same organization's main title.