Lamont Peterson successfully defended his IBF light welterweight title against Edgar Santana via 10th round technical stoppage at the co-featured bout of the Garcia-Salka event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night.
Peterson (33-2-1 with 17 knockouts ) outclassed the one-dimensional Santana (29-5 with 20 knockouts) by using a relentless body attack which weakened his opponent as the bout went on. Peterson also landed laser sharp jabs that kept the forward moving Santana at bay.
In the middle rounds, Peterson began to mix his body shots with head punches and hit the weakened Santana like a punching bag. The beating continue until the 10th round when referee Pete Santiago finally stepped in at the advice of ring doctor Barry Jordan and ended Santana’s nightmare at the 2:48 mark of round ten.
Like a Sparring Session
Despite the win, Peterson got booed by the crowd who weren’t impressed with the fight. Santana was only ranked 13th by the IBF and really did nothing to earn a title shot. He showed that in the ring with his lack of footwork and hand speed.
Santana also threw one punch at a time, and although he landed some power shots on Peterson, he wasn’t able to get the champion’s attention, much more hurt him in the fight. Peterson’s game was too diverse for the gritty but limited 35 year old New Yorker.
The win was Peterson’s third defense of the IBF title which he won by upsetting Briton superstar Amir Khan in 2011. After knocking out Kendall Holt in his first title defense, Peterson fought and lost via third round knockout to Argentinian slugger Lucas Matthysse in a non-title welterweight bout in 2013.
Earlier in the card, Middleweight Daniel Jacobs ( 28-1 with 25 knockouts) captured the vacant WBA middleweight title by knocking out Australian Jarrod Fletcher ( 18-2 with 10 knockouts) in the 5th round of the best fight of the evening.
Jacobs victory was a miracle story after the hometown kid made a successful recovery from osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, which left him bed ridden three years ago. Jacobs came off the gates fast, dropping his opponent with a left hook in the first round. Fletcher survived the round, but got battered the more in the next rounds.
Then in the fifth stanza, Jacobs dropped him twice and the ring doctor ordered the stoppage at the time of 2:58 of round number five. After the bout, Jacobs called out undefeated WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin for a unification bout. Incidentally, Quillin is a friend of Jacobs and is also from New York.