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PBC on FS1 results: Anthony Peterson and Argenis Mendez fight to split draw

The judges couldn’t decide a winner in the 10-round junior welterweight co-feature.

Anthony Peterson v Argenis Mendez Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Anthony Peterson and former super featherweight titleholder Argenis Mendez fought to a split draw tonight on FS1, with judges giving one card to each man on a tally of 96-94, and the third coming back 95-95.

BLH had the fight 96-94 Peterson and 95-95, so by our view the judges did a fine job, and the result is entirely fair.

This was a close fight, one that Peterson (37-1-1, 24 KO) may have let slip away in the last few rounds from one perspective, and one that Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KO) may have snatched from the jaws of defeat from another.

The 34-year-old Peterson, who hasn’t really had a serious fight since his meltdown DQ loss to Brandon Rios in 2010, showed off the sort of skills that at one time made him a genuine lightweight prospect, but he also just didn’t close this thing out, and the 32-year-old Mendez hung around and evened it up in the end.

“I’m not that disappointed, because I didn’t lose,” Peterson said after the fight. “The judges saw it a draw. I’m not mad about it.”

Mendez was a bit more upset by the decision.

“The public knows, boxing knows that I won this fight,” he said to boos from the local, very pro-Peterson crowd. “I’m going to keep going.”

On the surface, the punch stats favored Peterson, who landed 137 of 537 (26%) total punches compared to 83 of 377 (22%) total punches from Mendez. But power punches were much closer, with Peterson at 50 of 186 (27%) to Mendez’s 44 of 203 (22%). That’s not to say that Peterson’s big edge in jabs (87-39) shouldn’t mean anything, but the more telling power blows did come from Mendez, and adding it all up, the draw was perfectly reasonable.

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