Advertisement
Advertisement

Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia Move On: Post Report Card

By Cliff Rold

One showed no ill effects from a devastating loss in his last fight.

The other looked a long way from the agony of defeat anytime soon.

Saturday night, the US boxing scene was a tale of two titlists who exited with big wins.  Still, questions remain.  They will be answered in fights ahead.  For now… 

Let’s go the report cards.

Grades
Pre-Fight: Speed – Lamont Peterson B; Dierry Jean B+/Post: Same  

Pre-Fight: Power – Peterson B; Jean B/Post: Same
Pre-Fight: Defense – Peterson B-; Jean B/Post: B; B
Pre-Fight: Intangibles – Peterson B; Jean B/Post: B+; B

The key to beating IBF 140 lb. titlist Lamont Peterson likely remains what it has always been.  You have to get on him early and make it stick.  Timothy Bradley built an early lead and held Peterson off in what ended up a fine fight.  Amir Khan almost did it but came up a hair short (if with some controversy).  Lucas Matthysse blew him out.

Dierry Jean didn’t get the memo.  Jean came out boxing and didn’t start letting the leather fly until late in the second round.  By the time all out warfare broke out in the third, Jean’s best chance at victory may already have passed him by.

Peterson was warmed up.  When Peterson is warmed up, he’s a meat grinder.  One of the best pressure fighters in the game, Peterson has a knack for whacking the body and timing his offense upstairs from there.  By round six, he was letting it all hang out.  Jean rallied in the eighth, but the die was already cast.

For Jean, the loss will be disappointing but it need not be crippling.  He has plenty of tools.  What he lacked, as he acknowledged, was experience.  Peterson was a big step up from the level he’s been fighting.  Peterson had to struggle through a loss to Bradley and a draw with Victor Ortiz to get better and break through.  Jean needs to stay challenged in the ring.  We likely haven’t heard the last of him.

Peterson mentioned the possibility of a fight with lineal and unified titlist Danny Garcia.  After Garcia’s win over Matthysse, there will some who see Garcia a prohibitive favorite.  This could be a case where styles make fights.  Garcia doesn’t present the same lethal power threat Matthysse did to Peterson.  It doesn’t mean Peterson would win but a Garcia-Peterson fight has the sort of style mesh that could make a classic. 

It’s a fight worth hoping for if Garcia doesn’t move up a class looking for Floyd Mayweather first.   

Grades
Pre-Fight: Speed – Mikey Garcia B; Juan Carlos Burgos B-/Post: B+; B  

Pre-Fight: Power – Garcia A-; Burgos B/Post: Same
Pre-Fight: Defense – Garcia B; Burgos C/Post: Same
Pre-Fight: Intangibles – Garcia A; Burgos B/Post: Same

While Peterson-Jean met expectations for a good, hard fight, Garcia-Burgos was a disappointment.  No, there was never any reason to think Garcia would lose but, based on past form, Burgos giving him a good fight was a reasonable thought.

For a few rounds he did, even rocking Garcia late in the second.  Garcia shook it off and easily separated himself.  Burgos was still firing in spots even late in the fight, and occasionally landing, but he was proven out of his league.

The issue now is just what league Garcia is in.  Let’s be honest: 130 lbs. is not a minefield right now.  There are some good fighters, but the class is among the most shallow in boxing.  The best in-ring opponent for Garcia at Jr. Lightweight, Takashi Uchiyama, exists in what might as well be a parallel universe.  It’s the fight any hardcore fan should want to see, but it’s also a fight with little market. 

That stinks.

Uchiyama won a war with Daiki Kaneko late last year and has earned the right to be considered the de facto top man in class.  Garcia would be as much a danger to him as the opposite is true.  This is a case where profligate titles and markets for ‘world champions’ works against the sport side of boxing.  Business is great, but great fights are better. 

Instead we may get Garcia moving in a manufactured fashion towards Manny Pacquiao if Pacquiao keeps winning at Welterweight.  It’s a hard idea to take serious right now.  Some may point and say, “Hey, Pacquiao did it (moving from Featherweight to Welterweight and rocking it).”

The difference is Pacquiao was fighting monsters like Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez before Oscar De La Hoya thought he cherry picked the right little guy to keep him relevant.  Orlando Salido, Rocky Martinez, and Juan Carlos Burgos ain’t Barrera, Marquez, and Morales.

We know Garcia is very good, but we don’t have a clue just how good he is yet because he doesn’t have the opposition yet to know for sure. 

One can see why they’d want to move Garcia up sooner than later.  The big money isn’t there at 130 or 135 right now.  135 will have some better fights as potentially Terrence Crawford and Denis Shafikov emerge, but is that in line with the Garcia matchmaking clock?

It may not be.     

Report Card Picks 2014: 5-1

Cliff’s Notes…

On the Peterson undercard, Jermell Charlo looked very good against Gabriel Rosado in winning a lopsided decision.  The upside is that, in passing his first big test, we can assume we haven’t yet seen the best of Charlo.  When Rosado started a little rally late, Charlo handled it well.  The best is yet to come for the skilled youngster…Bryant Jennings took another step towards contention with a late stoppage of Artur Szpilka but let’s hold the ‘best American Heavyweight’ chatter for the moment.  Jennings still hasn’t reached the legitimate contender level of opposition.  Neither has Deontay Wilder or Andy Ruiz.  There are some American hopefuls out there, but none has proven to be a best anything yet…Marco Huck rid himself of the Firat Arslan question in style.  One question remains for the longest reigning Cruiserweight beltholder: will he get a unification fight before the call of Heavyweight cash gets too loud to ignore?  

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sugarsmosley_ on 01-29-2014

wtf has jean shown before this fight and the level of comp. he's fought to have better marks then peterson lol

Comment by NachoMan on 01-29-2014

I think M. Garcia's defense is better than a B; particularly given that he is throwing real, hurtful punches in there. He didn't get hit with very many clean punches and Burgos has real skills. Also, Cliff hardly ever explains…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Tommy Morrison's Son Aims To Impress on ShoBox Kovalev-Ward Deal Finalized For Vegas; Announcement Soon Anthony Joshua's Ring Return: Manchester is The Frontrunner Whyte vs. Sexton Plans Canned, Could Be Dereck Chisora Next Robert Frankel Ready: Jose Felix is a Very Winnable Fight Casimero Training Very Hard For Edwards, Says Promoter Hearn Hopeful For Callum Johnson Commonwealth Challenge Golovkin's Coach: Eubank Sr. Telling Lies, Must Come To His Senses Vargas Confident: I Really Think I'm Knocking Manny Pacquiao Out! Golovkin: This is Different, I'm Not Doing What Canelo Did! Frank Warren on Eubank vs. Langford, Flanagan's Options Edwards Confident of Shocking Casimero on Golovkin vs. Brook Con Sheehan Signs With MGM, Will Fight Twice In A Week LaRon Mitchell Goes The Distance, Danny Roman Wins Mikaela Lauren Promises To Drill Klara Svensson For The Count Macklin Warns Brook: Golovkin is Smart, Don't Let Him Read You Jacobs: I'll Fight Golovkin Before Canelo Does - For Right Money Muhammad Ali Center Looks To The Future Without The Champ Frank Warren Throws Water on Joshua's Claim of Joyce Robbery Canelo Pleased To Reclaim Mexican Dates From Mayweather Deontay Wilder, Jarrell Miller Explodes - Heated Confrontation! Photos: Marriaga vs. Robb, Felix vs. Frankel - UniMas Weights Photos: Lucian Bute Putting in Work, Eager To Resume Career Brandon Rios' Manager: Top Rank Contract Ends in December Smith: Canelo Had To Go To 154 To Save Face Over Golovkin! Photos: Robert Guerrero, Alfredo Angulo, Terrell Gausha Ready Hands of Stone - Ramirez Credits Roberto Duran as Mentor Gilberto Ramirez Starts Next Stage, Aims To Return By Year's End Murat Gassiev: Lebedev Improved A lot Since Hiring Roach Abel Ramos faces veteran Juan Jesus Rivera in Phoenix, Arizona Chisora's Coach: Joshua is Better Than Fury, But Haye Beats Him Ishe Smith Discusses Training Camp, Fighting Frank Galarza Shakur Stevenson, Nico Hernandez To Get Honored at Home Smith: Canelo Ducked Golovkin, Talk of Pacquiao is Embarrassing! Mayweather Promotions' Titans of the Trade on September 17 Eubank Jr: Saunders is Extremely Boring, I Want 50-50 For Rematch Karim Mayfield Vents Over Bakhtiyar Eyubov Loss, Wants Rematch Marrero Reflects on Latest Win, Remains in Pursuit of Zambrano Burns-Relikh Title Fight Confirmed For October 7 in Glasgow Demetrius Andrade Ready For Culcay in Germany, SHO on Board?
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement