by David P. Greisman
The anticipated fight between junior welterweights Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse could possibly be at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
“That’s the fight we want to do. That’s the fight [that] fight fans want to see,” Schaefer said, speaking at the post-fight press conference this past Saturday following Matthysse’s win over Lamont Peterson.
The reason the fight would be in D.C. and not at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn — where his past two bouts have been — is because the venue is booked, according to the promoter. Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, where Matthysse-Peterson took place, also isn’t available.
Though both Garcia and Matthysse are with adviser Al Haymon, Schaefer does not see any difficulty with making the bout happen.
“I think it’s going to be easier, not more difficult,” Schaefer said. “Absolutely no problem, because Al Haymon is a fan of the sport as well. He wants to see the best fight the best.”
The co-feature bout could be a match between Lamont Peterson and Zab Judah, according to what Schaefer told Dan Rafael of ESPN.com.
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