BROOKLYN - Premier Boxing Champions on NBC returned with two exciting bouts Saturday night as Danny "Swift" Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) defeated Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) by majority decision and "Irish" Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) and Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) fought to a split draw at Barclays Center.
The evening's second main event saw the undefeated Garcia stalk the lightning quick Peterson around the ring while consistently attacking Peterson's body. Peterson moved well in the first half of the fight, but did not begin engaging offensively until the later rounds.
The two exchanged blows throughout a raucous twelfth round that stirred the crowd of 12,300 at Barclays Center into a frenzy. The judges tallies ended at 115-113 for Garcia twice and one score of 114-114.
"I feel great. I prepared for a war. He was moving a lot. I thought it was close, not going to lie," said Garcia. "It was definitely close the whole way through. I did enough to win and I'm happy with my performance."
"I knew it would be a tough fight. I told him you can't win a big fight by running. He came strong at me because he knew he was losing on points."