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Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson won't fight Aug. 9, will be in separate bouts

Danny Garcia will reportedly take a soft tune-up fight on August 9, while Lamont Peterson may meet a faded former star. In any event, they won't fight one another.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Those hoping for an upset aren't going to get it, as FightHype reports that Danny "Swift" Garcia and Lamont Peterson indeed will not meet in a junior welterweight title unification fight on August 9, as the two fighters will be in separate bouts for their Showtime fights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

One opponent batted around as a possible foe for Garcia (28-0, 16 KO) has been 33-year-old Brooklyn club fighter Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (23-1, 4 KO), a light-punching non-contender. Perhaps due to that name getting negative early feedback, another light-punching non-contender is mentioned as a possibility, that being Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KO).

In Salka's case, at least he has sort of fought his way into consideration, with what should have been a win being taken from him against Ricardo Alvarez last December, followed by a ShoBox upset of unbeaten Alexei Collado in April. That said, the 31-year-old Salka is really a lightweight, and is currently ranked 77th in the world at 135 pounds by BoxRec. Certainly, BoxRec's rankings are not infallible, but generally they tell the tale in a case like this. Salka's a really solid fighter, but nobody out there can reasonably argue he's deserving of a fight with the world's top-ranked 140-pound fighter, can they?

For whatever it's worth, Bracero is ranked 64th in the world at welterweight.

As for Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO), FightHype mentions Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KO) as a potential foe. Judah has lost two straight to Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi, his last win coming in March 2012 against Vernon Paris. The 36-year-old Brooklyn fighter would make sense to help move some tickets, since it's unlikely that Garcia vs Salka/Bracero would do anything of note at the box office, and even a very good fight between Shawn Porter and Kell Brook on the card probably won't help much, either, with Porter still making his name, and Brook coming over from the United Kingdom.

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