The second edition of NBC’s “Premier Boxing Champions” is scheduled for Saturday at Barclays Center. Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson will headline the card, as the two junior welterweights fight to determine the No.1 boxer in the division.
It’s a fight that the boxing world has been waiting to see for a year, but it will be a non-title bout. Garcia and Peterson will meet at a catch weight of 143 pounds. The favorite Garcia weighed in at 142.2 pounds, while Peterson barely made weight and was forced to take off all his clothes after weighing in at 0.2 pounds over the limit.
Peter Quillin faces Andy Lee in the co-main event, though the middleweight title is no longer on the line. Quillin was supposed to fight for Lee’s belt, but he entered Friday’s weigh-in at 1.4 pounds over the 160-pound limit. The challenger was given two hours to lose the necessary weight, but he was unable to do so.
Both Garcia and Quillin enter Saturday’s fights undefeated. Peterson won both of his fights in 2014. Lee has won six consecutive fights, taking the WBO middleweight championship from Matt Korobov via TKO in December.
Saturday’s card is the second for NBC in 2015. The first was the most watched boxing event on TV in 17 years, as Adrien Broner defeated John Molina Jr. and Keith Thurman topped Robert Guerrero in a unanimous decision to retain the WBA welterweight championship. The event averaged 3.4 million viewers, peaking with 4.2 million viewers between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.
Coverage is set to begin on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET. In addition to being broadcast on national TV, the fight can be seen with a live stream online via NBC Sports Live Extra.