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Fighters discuss Garcia-Peterson unification bout, promoters not so much

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Ahead of separate fights on August 9th, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson discuss the possibility of meeting in a unification fight next.

Patrick Smith

On an abysmal Showtime card August 9th, Danny Garcia faces Rod Salka and Lamont Peterson faces Edgar Santana. As for what's next, the fighters are open to meeting each other later this year or early in 2015.

Peterson explained:

"I wanted to fight Danny Garcia next. That's what the fans wanted to see. I pushed hard for the fight but it just didn't happen. It's boxing. It's a business. Everything has to work for a fight to happen. So I'll fight a good fighter and hopefully it'll happen next time."

Garcia wasn't nearly as convincing, instead deferring to his advisor, Al Haymon:

"I don't question [Haymon] about the decisions. I just fight. Right now I've got August 9. I can't look past anybody. If things work out, at the end of the year or beginning of next year, we could have a unification bout."

Here's hoping Garcia starts taking a little more ownership over his career and demanding to fight the best.

Oscar de la Hoya added his own dose of mealy-mouthedness:

"We obviously did want to stage the fight the media is suggesting," de la Hoya said. "But it wasn't a fight that was available. It couldn't be made."

As for the future prospects of a Garcia-Peterson matchup, he said, "We'll have to wait and see what happens."

Personally, I'd rather see a Garcia-Matthysse rematch first. Is this the fight you'd like to see Garcia in next? How about Peterson?