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Lamont Peterson: Despite catchweight, Garcia fight is for 140lb supremacy

Two division titleholders at 140, Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, are set to face off this Saturday at a 143lb catchweight.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

A lot of you out there may ask yourselves, "why are two of the top 140-pounders in the world fighting each other at a catchweight of 143 lbs?" It's a legitimate question, and one that even some of those involved aren't completely sure of.

"I'm still really not sure, it's unclear to me why we're fighting at 143 pounds," Peterson, 31, told "For me, I can still make 140 pounds. When the fight was made that was the weight I thought we were going to fight.

The reason, frankly speaking, is that Danny is in a great position with a manager/advisor who can secure him fights that are most comfortable for him. This is precisely why he's able to inch his way up to 147 pounds as opposed to going straight into the division like most other fighters. But how Danny Garcia is still able to hold onto the 140lb belt when he hasn't fought at the weight in over a year is a completely different matter altogether - and is why it can be hard to take sanctioning bodies seriously.

When Peterson was asked about the implications of neither his IBF title or Garcia's WBC title being on the line for this fight, Lamont didn't make much of it.

"At the end of the day, I look at it [like this]: titles, they are important but when you're talking about two guys who have fought at the top level for a long period of time, I don't think it really makes a difference whose belt is on the line or what belt do you have. It's about people looking at Danny Garcia as the best guy in the weight class and you have a top guy like me, floating around the top, you talking about whoever wins this fight is the best guy, belts or no belts."

What say you, fans? Does Peterson have a point here?

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