Free Boxing Picks: NBC Sports on Saturday Night
by Raphael Esparza - 4/9/2015
Saturday night on NBC Sports we have not one but two high-class boxing matches which, on any other day, would be on a pay-per-view card or cable TV. That was the past, and all of a sudden we are finally getting quality boxing matches on free local TV.
Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn we are honored with Premier Boxing Championship's doubleheader that airs live on NBC (8:30 p.m. EST). The first main event fight is between middleweight world champion "Irish" Andy Lee against Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin in a 12-round world title fight. The main event is between Danny "Swift' Garcia against Lamont Peterson, and this fight has all the signs of an epic battle. Our friends over at 5Dimes were the first to post odds for these two fights, and again I can't stress more that these two fights are on free local TV.
Here are the odds and quick overview: odds provided by 5Dimes
"Irish" Andy Lee +270
Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin -330
Overview: So weird to see the WBO middleweight champion "Irish" Andy Lee as the underdog in this fight, but that is because he hasn't faced an opponent like "Kid Chocolate". Lee comes into this fight with a record of 34-2 (KO 24) and has won his last six fights while Quillin is a perfect 31-0 (KO 22) and is hungry for a belt. A concern for me is that Lee usually starts fights off slow, and if he starts off slow again Saturday night then I see him in deep trouble against a quality fighter like Quillin. Kid Chocolate is quick in the ring, and if he controls the tempo and keeps this fight in the center of the ring then I see the belt being exchanged Saturday night.
Lamont Peterson +315
Danny "Swift" Garcia -380
Overview: Talk about an outstanding fight Saturday night as undefeated Danny Garcia will take on Lamont Peterson, and the winner will be up for some big fights towards the end of the year. Garcia is 29-0 with 17 KOs and is coming off an easy KO victory over Rod Salka in his last fight while Peterson is 33-2 with 17 KOs. Peterson is off back-to-back winners, which was needed because he got TKO by Lucas Martin Matthyssee in 2013 and everybody was questioning his future. I believe Garcia is too strong and too smart of a fighter to lose this fight, and if Garcia goes to the body early that will open Peterson up in the middle rounds. Garcia walks in to this fight undefeated and leaves this fight still undefeated.
Marv Albert will call the fights this Saturday on NBC alongside analyst "Sugar" Ray Leonard. Al Michaels will be the host and again.
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