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Garcia-Peterson undercard takes shape

3/26/2015



Besides the two significant fights that top the card, the undercard on April 11 at the Barclays Center has a little bit for everyone -- prospects, contenders and a former world titleholder looking to work his way back to a major fight.

Junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and titleholder Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) square off in the main event in a 143-pound nontitle bout and middleweight titlist Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) makes his first defense when he takes on former titleholder Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) on the “Premier Boxing Champions” card that will be featured on NBC (8:30 p.m. ET).

But there are several other bouts that have been made official for the card, some of which could wind up on NBC Sports Net’s coverage.

One of the preliminary fights matches 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (16-0, 8 KOs), of the Dominican Republic, against Brooklyn’s Gabriel Bracero (23-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight fight.

"It's an honor for me to be fighting in New York for the first time and at Barclays Center. I know the Dominican fans are going to come out in full force to support me," Diaz said. “Bracero is a tough fighter, but I have world championship dreams and he is standing in my way."

Bracero could walk to the arena and back home after the fight.

"This is a dream come true for me," he said. "I live in Sunset Park, right down the block from Barclays Center, and I am grateful for this opportunity to fight in front of my hometown fans. I've been through hell in life, but I've never given up on my dream. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. This is my destiny and I am ready."

Two 2012 U.S. Olympians, both among boxing’s elite prospects, will also be on the card: Staten Island, New York light, heavyweight Marcus Browne and Dallas welterweight Errol Spence Jr. Browne (13-0, 10 KOs) will face Cincinnati’s Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7, 12 KOs) and Spence (15-0, 12 KOs) meets Colombia’s Samuel Vargas (20-1, 10 KOs).

"I'm happy and excited to fight at Barclays Center for the eighth time," Browne said. "My friends and family are going to come out and support me like they always do, but I am even more excited to be on a card with so many guys I consider great fighters and my friends like ‘Kid Chocolate’ [Quillin] and Lamont Peterson."

Said Spence, “Fighting at Barclays Center for the first time is a great opportunity and I plan on making the most of it. I'm going to work hard in camp to put on a great show for the fans in Brooklyn."

Also, Puerto Rican junior middleweight prospect Prichard Colon (13-0, 10 KOs) will face the Dominican Republic’s Jonathan Batista (14-5, 7 KOs).

Top junior welterweight contender Viktor Postol (26-0, 11 KOs), of Ukraine, will face an opponent to be determined in a 10-rounder. Postol is Garcia’s mandatory challenger but they made a deal for him to step aside so he could fight Peterson. Part of the deal was a spot on the undercard.

Brooklyn’s Luis Collazo (35-6, 18 KOs), a former welterweight titleholder, is also on the card, although he does not have an opponent yet. Collazo will be fighting for the first time in 11 months, since he lost a lopsided decision to Amir Khan on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana I undercard.

"I'm very excited to be fighting at Barclays Center again. I've experienced some of the most incredible moments of my career there," Collazo said. “This will be my fourth fight at Barclays Center and I plan on giving my hometown fans a lot to be excited about."

Brooklyn junior featherweight Heather Hardy (12-0, 2 KOs), a popular New York draw, is also on the card. She will face Renata Domsodi (12-6, 5 KOs) of Hungary.