An afternoon of competitive fights should be the lead part of this discussion, but let's get it out of the way first. Lamont Peterson's majority decision win over Felix Diaz Jr today on PBC on NBC will be hotly debated, particularly the scores by which he won two of the cards, and then there's a whole other story for the co-feature that we'll get to in a moment.
Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KO) beat 2008 Olympic gold medalist Diaz (17-1, 8 KO) on scores of 114-114, 116-112, and 117-111. BLH had it 115-113, who seemed to have the majority of the scores on our Twitter timeline, too, most of them that two point advantage, some by four points. Peterson getting a margin of 8-4 in rounds is questionable enough, but 9-3 is pretty wild given how this fight played out.
In an unusual turn of events, Peterson started fast, betraying his usual M.O. of picking it up in the later rounds, today seeming to fade a good bit down the stretch, while Diaz was able to land consistently with combinations and outwork Peterson over the final few rounds.
Diaz looked better in this fight than he has against lesser competition in past pro bouts, appearing to be a fighter who got up and was motivated for a big opportunity, which he probably felt has been a long time coming. If nothing else, his stock will be raised by this performance, as he frustrated Peterson quite often. Lamont did some good work, and a draw or a 7-5 Peterson card certainly wouldn't be difficult to see, but the 8-4 and 9-3 margins are head scratchers. Peterson was fighting near home for this bout, with the crowd in his corner. He was also the A-side, and boxing being boxing, these things tend to matter.
In the welterweight co-feature, Terrel Williams improved to 15-0 (12 KO) with a strange win over the favored prospect Prichard Colon (16-1, 13 KO), getting the victory via disqualification after round nine. It was a very chippy fight, to put it kindly, which really kicked off when Williams hurt Colon in round five, and Colon's solution was to land a hard and very low shot that put Williams on the canvas.
Referee Joe Cooper -- you may remember him from Amir Khan vs Lamont Peterson -- took two points from Colon, ruling it an intentional foul. Williams made throat cutting gestures after getting back to his feet, and the fight was scrappy in spurts after that. Colon started this fight fast, but really hit the wall after round four. Maybe it's because he's been overworked -- he fought on August 1 and September 11, and though they were short outings, that's a lot of training to go through in such a short period of time.
In the seventh round, with Colon ducking and turning his back, Williams landed a hard rabbit punch that made for another break in the action. Colon, holding the back of his head, told the doctor he was dizzy, or at least that's what the TV broadcast said. Why the doctor decided that was good cause to continue the fight is up for debate, but Cooper docked Williams a point, too.
In the eighth round, Colon did bounce back a little bit, but in the ninth he was dropped twice and looked badly hurt. The first knockdown was an accumulation of shots and a bit of a shove to the canvas, and when he came back to the action, he took one shot before going down face-first. He got up and finished the round, at which point his corner began taking his gloves off. For all intents and purposes, it really did look like they all thought that was the final round. When they were told there was another round to go, Colon sat down and his father and cutman tried to get him taped back up in time to continue, but he couldn't do so in time, and Cooper stopped the fight there, giving Williams the DQ.
Williams, trained by Joe Goossen, looked pretty good in this fight, and as a tall welterweight, could be trouble up to a certain level. He's 31 now and hasn't exactly had an active career over seven years, but this was a big win for him.
After the fight was over, NBC's Kenny Rice reported on air that Colon had vomited and passed out backstage, then came to and was taken to a nearby hospital to get checked out. Here's hoping the 23-year-old fighter is OK, and that this was just a scare. We'll have more if there are further updates.