Barclays Center to host Garcia-Peterson

Junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia will fight in Brooklyn for the fourth time in six fights. David Doonan/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

The April 11 showdown between unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and titleholder Lamont Peterson, which is slated to be a non-title bout (for no apparent reason) at the catch weight of 143 pounds, will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Promoter Lou DiBella, hired by adviser/manager Al Haymon to promote the event, announced the site on Thursday.

"I am thrilled to be promoting this PBC mega event at Barclays Center in my hometown of Brooklyn," DiBella said. "Danny Garcia versus Lamont Peterson, and Andy Lee defending his middleweight title against Peter Quillin are two of the very best bouts that can be made in boxing. On April 11, the fans are going to be the biggest winners and [DiBella Entertainment] is proud to be part of it."

Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) were supposed to have met in August on Showtime at the Barclays Center, but when Haymon balked at making the match they fought subpar opponents and each rolled to the expected blowout wins in mismatches. The promise that they would fight before the end of 2014 also did not come to fruition.

But now they will headline the second installment of Haymon's "Premier Boxing Champions" series on NBC (8:30 p.m. ET).

"It's an honor to be fighting back in Brooklyn where I've experienced some of the best moments of my career," said Garcia, who will be fighting at the Barclays Center for the fourth time in six fights. "Fans have been asking for this fight for so long and on April 11 I'm planning on giving them the show they've been waiting for. Doing it live on NBC will make it even sweeter."

Said Peterson: "This is an amazing opportunity for me fighting in Brooklyn and on national TV in front of millions of people. I'm going to go out there and give the performance of a lifetime. Danny Garcia better not underestimate me, because my time is now."

In the co-feature, middleweight titlist Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) will make his first defense against Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs). Lee won the vacant title in December, a few months after Quillin vacated the title rather than face mandatory challenger Matt Korobov, whom Lee knocked out to win it.

"I'm looking forward to returning to New York and defending my title against Quillin," said Lee, whose Irish fans figure to be out in force. "I'm at the peak of my powers now. I cannot see myself losing to anyone. I want to be recognized as the best middleweight in the world, and beating Quillin will go some way to proving that."

Quillin, who lives in New York, will be fighting at the Barclays Center for the third time in five fights.

"To be able to fight at home in Brooklyn and win a title on such a big stage is a dream come true," he said. "I'm honored and excited to be a part of something that is great for my career, but also for the sport of boxing as a whole. I know that I'm going to win on April 11, become champion once again, and then I'm going after anyone and everyone at 160 pounds."