By Alex Burgos
Posted: October 17, 2015
In the main event of the October 17, 2015 edition of PBC on NBC, former world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) took on Olympic gold medal winner, Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs) in a 12 round, 144-pound catch weight bout.
In the first round, Peterson and Diaz both came out battling for position in the middle of the ring, looking to establish combination punches to the body and back the other man up.
The smaller man and the southpaw, Diaz, tried to slip in and out of range but paid for it with solid body blows from Peterson in Rounds 2 and 3.
Diaz caught a hellacious beating to the body in Round 2 and it looks like Peterson was putting in the work to stop Diaz in the later rounds.
But towards the middle of the fight, Diaz began to move more and pepper Peterson with three and four punch combinations while staying out of range. Peterson wasn’t visibly hurt by any one punch, but he was being outworked by the quicker challenger.
In a role reversal from his last bout, Peterson seemed to start quick, put some rounds in the bank, but then coast through the latter half of the fight.
Peterson seemed to take the fifth and sixth round off, allowing Diaz to outwork him with combinations that weren’t powerful, but did land and seem to clearly win him the rounds.
After the fight, Peterson spoke about the pace of the bout and his quick start.
“I started out great, but in the middle of the fight I started to fade. I knew I had to fight because he kept running,” said Peterson.
As the fight began to wind down, Peterson seemed fatigued while Diaz was sharp, bouncing around the ring and firing off four and five punch combinations.
In Round 12, Peterson allowed Diaz to bully him and simply outwork him against the ropes for long stretches. With ringside scores all over the place, the fight went to the scorecards.
The judges saw the bout 114-114 even and 117-111, 116-112 for Lamont Peterson.
“I knew I wanted to take my time, we were bumping heads and I was getting hit, but I know he took some good shots. He didn’t hurt me, I knew I had it in the bag and when I heard 114-114 I wasn’t nervous, sometimes when you’re in your hometown judges don’t want to seem too biased,” said Peterson who also stated that he’s done fighting at 140 and will look to move up to a higher weight class.
In the first televised bout of the PBC on NBC telecast, Prichard Colon (16-1, 13 KOs) took on Terence Williams (15-0, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.
Colon came out working well behind a stiff jab early on, evading Williams’ counter punches with slick movement.
By Round 3, Colon began to mix in some well-placed body shots, making Williams a little more tentative to open up.
In Round 4, Williams landed a telling right hand, causing Colon to smile and clinch and it was maybe at this subtle moment that the bout changed.
Williams fought his best round of the bout up until that point, putting pressure on Colon throughout the 3:00 minute stanza.
In Round 5, Williams brought more pressure that began to get to Colon who followed up a close exchange with a well-placed low blow.
The low punch was deemed deliberate by the referee so two points were deducted, leaving Colon with a huge deficit in the round.
The action in Round 6 was good on both sides with Williams continuing to give as good as he got.
Williams completely shifted the momentum once and for all in Round 7, taking Colon to the ropes for the majority of the round, landing clean and effective punches. Colon, who has scored some impressive knockouts, seemed bothered by some of the bullying tactics that Williams employed.
Things got out of hand towards the end of Round 7 when Colon fell to a knee after being hit behind the head–something that repeatedly happened. Colon rolled around on the canvas, and referee Joseph Cooper had no idea what to do–something that also repeatedly happened.
After inviting the ringside doctor to check Colon out, Cooper deducted a point from Williams because it seemed like that’s what the crowd was directing him to do.
Round 9 turned out to be the final stanza and a huge one for Williams who knocked Colon down two times. Colon was lucky to make it out of the round and what followed was simply bizarre.
What happened next was not accurately explained by anyone at ringside. Colon’s corner proceeded to take off the gloves of their fighter after Round 9 like it was the end of the fight.
After the referee informed the corner that the fight was not over, Pedro Diaz (Colon’s trainer) put the gloves back on his fighter but the referee disqualified Colon.
Williams ended up as the winner by disqualification in one of the weirdest fight endings I’ve ever seen.
A lover of sports and music, Alejandro “Alex” Burgos is a former Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report, current Contributing Writer for RedskinsPodcast.com and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He can be reached at Alex@RoundByRoundBoxing.com