Posts Tagged ‘Lamont Peterson’

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BROOKLYN — The great thing about the truth is it’s uncompromising. Emotionless. That reality manifested last night at the Barclays Center in the form of Errol Spence Jr., who showed why he’s the most feared man in the welterweight division by breaking the will of Lamont Peterson over seven one-sided rounds.

With both men having fought once in the last year, the big question was who would show more ring rust and if Spence could handle the Jekyll-Hyde style of Peterson, who likes to apply heavy pressure after slow starts. Spence not only breezed through that test but revealed other truths which will be very concerning for the rest of the division.

CERTAIN DOOM: If you stand in front of Spence, bad things will happen. Peterson tried to wear out his foe by keeping a high guard and catching punches on the gloves and elbows. The problem was the southpaw Spence’s offense was too versatile; he alternated between shooting straight lefts to the pit of the stomach, uppercuts that split the gloves, and looping hooks around the guard. These shots kept Peterson hesitant to throw more than one counter at a time. And these were powerful, thudding shots you could tell were wearing down the reserves to prevent Peterson’s usual middle rounds comeback.

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YOU CAN’T SLUG YOUR WAY OUT: Peterson went down off a left hook to the top of the temple. The shot whipped around his guard and he didn’t see it coming. Peterson has been dropped eight times over the course of his 14-year. The Matthysse loss aside, he’s got up and prevented KO losses by turning the contest into brief slugfests. Last night, that strategy invited a worse beating for the D.C. challenger, who witnessed Spence smile and shrug off his best right hands to maul him with powerful hooks. When Peterson stumbled into the ropes, the beating continued with uppercuts and more hooks.

The severity of the punches and lack of Peterson return fire let us know this time would be different. There would be no last hurrahs for Peterson. The one remaining question was if his corner would be perceptive enough to realize when they needed to save Peterson from himself.

 

AN HONORABLE TRAINER: Peterson’s cornerman, Barry Hunter, is more than just a trainer. He was the man who took a teenage, homeless Peterson off the streets of Washington D.C. Father and son-like relationships don’t always lead to the best decisions in the heat of combat. Many times, the father figure “freezes” and either fails to give adequate instructions to his losing fighter¬†or lets a beating go on for too long.

Hunter saw the writing on the wall early and told his man by the fifth he’d stop it if he couldn’t turn the fight around. The beating continued through the sixth and seventh, with a dejected Peterson telling Hunter that he couldn’t box him and his only hope was making it a slugfest. Hunter asked him if he wanted to stop it. And the prideful Peterson affirmed the hopelessness of the situation while still relying on his father figure to make the hurtful call.

“If you want to stop it, I understand. It’s your call.”

Having never heard anything close to that over Peterson’s career, Hunter knew his man had enough.

WELTERWEIGHT SUPREMACY IS UPON US: In his post-fight interview, Spence affirmed his desire for a unification showdown with WBC title-holder Keith Thurman, whom he derisively referred to as “Sometimes Thurman.” The match is one of the biggest showdown in the division and between two undefeated, prime fighters both under the PBC banner. To this date, Thurman has been non-committal and appeared comfortable with letting the fight “marinate” until 2019. The public won’t allow that, and there’s nothing that can happen between now and 2019 that would suddenly make either of them pay-per-view stars.

Its actually fights like Spence-Thurman that can catapult a fighter into becoming an pay-per-view attraction. Spence has the ambition to bet on himself and take the risk now. Does Thurman?

THE REAL SUPERFIGHT FOR 2019: If there’s any fight that I would accept waiting next year for, it would be Spence taking on Terence Crawford, who has his own welterweight title shot in April when he takes on WBO title-holder Jeff Horn. With Crawford under Top Rank and Spence with Al Haymon, the promotional rift will keep them separated for some time. Should Spence beat Thurman, he would still have guys like Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter to tangle with. And Crawford can feast on the endless list of WBO mandatories and Top Rank guys before looking Spence’s way.

But by 2019, those lesser options should be exhausted and we’d have a true super fight. How would it go? Right now, I’d lean towards Spence having a come from behind victory. Crawford has the superior footwork where he could control Spence by turning him and using that jab (southpaw and orthodox) to keep him from getting set to punch. However, Spence has great punch placement and a massive skill advantage when he gets inside. I see the naturally bigger Spence wearing Crawford down for a close but clear decision.

In the meantime, let’s continue to enjoy Spence’s path of destruction.

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BROOKLYN — Watch the live stream weigh-in for Saturday’s IBF welterweight title match between Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs). The bout is Spence’s first defense of the title he won last May by stopping Kell Brook in 11 rounds. Peterson is competing in his first bout since defeating David Avanesyan by unanimous decision last February. The fight airs on Showtime January 20 at 9 p.m.

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CINCINNATI, OH — Lamont Peterson claimed the WBA World welterweight title with a hard-fought unanimous decision over David Avanesyan.

The rangier Peterson held the advantage at long range with an educated jab and lateral movement. However, the majority of the first-half was fought up-close with each fighter having success with short hooks and guard-splitting uppercuts. Avanesyan maintained the higher, more consistent work-rate while Peterson landed the harder single shots.

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Peterson displayed his class in the second half with lateral movement to score creative body shots around Avanesyan’s guard. Starting late in the seventh, Avanesyan was forced to give ground due to Peterson’s bullying and prolonged body assault.

Final scorecards read 115-113 and 116-112 twice for Peterson, putting him in play for the winner of Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia on March 4.

 

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BROOKLYN, New York — The fighters for Saturday’s (April 11) NBC edition of Premier Boxing Champions completed their final media workout yesterday at the Barclays¬†Center. The main event for the card will be Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson. The co-main is Andy Lee vs. Peter Quillin¬†with additional appearances by Errol Spence, Heather Hardy, Luis Collazo¬†and Marcus Browne.

 

DANNY GARCIA

I just want to give the fans a great fight. I want them to see the best Danny Garcia. At the end of the day, this is the fight the fans want to see. My main focus is putting on a great show for the fans.

I’ve faced a lot of skillful boxers in my career and I’m still undefeated. That should tell the fans around the world who has more skill. Come April 11 when he’s feeling these two bombs on his face he’s going to forget about his skill.

I just want to give fans a great fight. I’m not too worried about the ‘0’ on my record. I fight hard to protect it but my main focus is to go in there and get the job done one fight at a time.

Everything I’ve done in my career is for a reason. Now I’m here on NBC fighting on this big playing field. This is great for boxing and a breath of fresh air for the sport.

I just want to be confident and humble at the same time. I want the fans to love me because I’m being myself. It’s very important for a young champion.

I’m going to try to dictate the pace, be smart, move my head, use my feet and land good punches. I can’t try to chase him down.

I used to love other great Puerto Rican¬†boxers like Felix Trinidad, Miguel Cotto and Hector Camacho. I feel like I’m definitely working my way up into the ranks with them and following their footsteps.

I have to be smart in the ring. I have to go in there and be Danny Garcia. I’m here because I’m a smart fighter. Everyone knows that. I have power. I’m going to find my opening and capitalize on his mistakes.

 

LAMONT PETERSON

This is just another fight for me. I’m not worried about being the main event. I just love to fight. As long as I’m fighting I’m happy.

A lot of people see us fight and see us take punches, but that’s just the easy part. The sacrifice in the gym and putting my body through punishment is the rough part.

I’m not trying to prove anyone wrong, but this fight is important to me and I want to win it. I want to be the top guy and that means beating the top guy.

People talk about him beating Matthysse¬†and Matthysse beating me, but anyone who knows about boxing knows that doesn’t mean anything. Come Saturday night I will prove to everyone that I’m a better fighter than Danny Garcia.

Angel Garcia has his opinion on this fight, and I respect it. He can go on record and say anything he wants, but if he says Danny Garcia is stronger than me, I’ll tell you that’s a lie.

We’re not worried about Danny’s power. A lot of people have asked me about that but I’m not worried. Danny Garcia had a split decision with Kendall Holt, who I knocked out. No one seems to mention that.

I’m comfortable with whatever way this fight goes. I’m almost guaranteeing the win.

I don’t think they’re taking me lightly. At the end of the day, Garcia knows this is a fight and he knows he hasn’t fought anyone like me. I’m expecting a big victory Saturday night.

You never know what you’re going to see with me. Whatever I feel like I need to do to win, that’s what I’ll do. I’m prepared 100 percent. I’m in shape for 30 rounds and I’ll be ready for anything.

 

ANDY LEE

We’ve made unbelievable progress in the last year on my skills and everything has really just clicked for me and my team and now we’re seeing the results in the ring.

I’m very proud to be an Irishman from Limerick defending his world championship in New York, it doesn’t get much better than that.

There’s been a huge weight lifted off my shoulders since winning the world-title. It’s what I always wanted to do and I’ve been touted as a champion for years and if I never got it I would have been disappointed. Now the monkey is off my back and I can just box and show people who I am.

We’ve made physical and tactical improvements in the gym since the last fight and hopefully they’ll show up in the ring on Saturday.

I think this could be a technical fight or it could be a bit of a fire fight. It’s going to be a little of both at times. There will be moments where we’re looking at each other, figuring each other out, but once we exchange it could be explosive.

Quillin is sure of himself, but he has to be, I have the same mentality. You have to be to compete in this sport.

Fighting at home like Quillin is on Saturday, brings a different kind of pressure to the table, it’s the pressure of expectations and people you know coming to the fights. That’s also pressure and I know all about that.

I haven’t needed to build up my confidence for this fight. It’s not time to think. It’s time to do what I’ve been doing every day in the gym.

 

PETER QUILLIN

I never trailed in a fight and came back and won like Lee. I’ve just won all the time right out of the gate. Those other guys aren’t ‘Kid Chocolate’ so I think that’s why this fight was made.

It’s a big fight for him and a big fight for me. He’s a smart fighter when he’s in trouble so I have to watch out for that. Most importantly I just need to be true to myself.

A lot of people had Lee as the underdog in his last fight but he came out and did great. That’s the thing about boxing; one punch can change the fight.

I’m getting paid for 12 rounds so I’m preparing for 12 rounds but if I can get him out of there early I will.

My whole life has been struggles and I’ve had to overcome every single one of those struggles. This is going to be no different from that.

Being a father of course made me more inspired and watching my uncle pass has made me more motivated than ever to accomplish everything I want.

When I gave up the belt I learned that I can be a bigger man and make tough decisions like that all of the time. People think losing is easy, but winning all the time is a different kind of pressure.

 

ERROL SPENCE JR.

I am the best young prospect in the game. I’m on the borderline of contender status and I believe I’m one fight away from being a contender.

I’m a little bit of a mix style-wise. I’m a boxer, I can punch and I can fight if I have to.

The fight I learned the most from was with Emanuel Lartey, he was undefeated along with me and it was my first real fight and first time going the distance.

I see myself fighting all the top guys in the welterweight division. I see myself with Keith Thurman, Amir Khan and any top welterweight.

I’m going to look good as always on Saturday night, It’s going to be fantastic and I’m going to come out with the victory.

 

MARCUS BROWNE

I’m just blessed to have this opportunity to fight at Barclays Center for the eighth time in front of my hometown fans.

I love performing in in Brooklyn. The fans here are fantastic and they know when I get in the ring they’re going to see something special.

I have a tough opponent in front of me. He’s experienced, very lanky fighter but we’ve trained very hard and I’m ready for anything he’s got.

Saturday is going to be a great night for Team Browne, Staten Island and all of my fans. Don’t blink cause you might miss it!

 

LUIS COLLAZO

I’ve spent some time with the family, regrouping and making sure I still have the same passion for this sport. I’m excited to be back and I jumped at the opportunity to be on this card.

This is what I live for. Boxing is my life.

After the Khan fight I took about a month off and then I went straight to the gym. I couldn’t go out like I did against Khan. No excuses, but it was time to go back to the drawing board and stay motivated throughout the whole year.

The fans can expect the same excitement I always bring. I’m more motivated now and hopefully after this fight I can get a big fight and give the fans what they want.

 

HEATHER HARDY

I have the same mindset going into every fight. I train to fight my fight and make adjustments when get in there.

I feel strong and I feel capable of whatever needs to be done.

I’ve only been boxing for four years so I’m still learning a lot of boxing technique in camp plus working three or four days a week with my strength and conditioning coach.

Fans can expect a good show and a big win out me on Saturday.

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Danny Garcia held a open workout at his Philadelphia gym earlier today in preparation to headline the second NBC edition of Premier Boxing Champions against Lamont Peterson. The undefeated Garcia had this to say about his opponent and training.

Training is going well, I’ve done everything I have to do and I’m still focused. It’s a week and a half until the fight and I’m ready to go. If the fight were tomorrow I’d be ready.

It’s a big fight and it’s the fight that the fans wanted. We’re going to give the fans a great night of boxing on NBC and it’s time the show the world that Danny Garcia is the star of NBC.¬†

We have common opponents like Khan and Matthysse and we’ve had different results. ¬†They say styles make fights so those results don’t matter. Well, my style is to kick his butt.

I know that this second PBC on NBC show is going to be even bigger and I just feel blessed to be a part of it and I can’t wait to go out there and showcase my skills.

I’m ready for whatever Peterson brings. If he tries to box then I’m going to go with that and if he wants to fight, I’ll be ready. I’m not going to go in and just try to knock his head off, I’m going to be Danny Garcia.

I’d love to be fighting on the biggest stage in boxing against the Mayweather and Pacquiaos, but for now it’s just about taking it one fight at a time, this is history in the making.

A lot of things have changed for me in the last few years, everybody knows me now. A lot of people look at you different now but it doesn’t make my head bigger, it just motivates me to work hard.

I love Brooklyn, it’s my fourth fight at Barclays Center and I’m looking to make it 4-0 on April 11.

This is a blessing for the sport of boxing. Millions of fans haven’t had the opportunity to watch boxing on primetime in years and this is great for the sport.

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ANGEL GARCIA

I’ll give Peterson credit for putting the gloves on. He thinks it’s going to be an easy night for him. He sees himself already on top of the mountain. It’s not going to happen like that, we’re going to ruin his party.

I want Peterson to act confident and come forward. They’re talking like Danny isn’t special but he lost to the guys we beat.

It doesn’t matter what anyone says as long as Danny is in here putting in 100 percent every day. It’s all about April 11.

We’re not going to train for eight weeks to go in there and worry about what Peterson is going to do, we’re going to do what we have to do. We train to go in there and win on April 11.

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Lamont Peterson greeted the media earlier today for a special public workout at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center. Peterson spoke in-depth about his April 11 Premier Boxing Champions bout with Danny Garcia, airing live on NBC.

The plan might be to just go out there and fight him. Regardless of how I choose to fight, I feel like I can win. I do have quicker feet, but I can use them to do other things too. I can go forward. I don’t always have to be going backwards. I will stick to the game plan, but we don’t know what the game plan is right now.

My mentality always shows in the ring, especially in the late rounds. You ask a lot of your body in that ring and a lot of times it goes to what it knows. So your personality definitely comes out, and I think that’s where I shine more than other fighters. The later rounds are when I normally take over the fight. A lot of the time I wish we could go more rounds.

The fans wanted to see this fight so I wanted to make sure that it happened. I never really call out names or talk about who I want next. I leave it up to the fans and to the media because there are lots of fights that the fans want to see that never happen. At the end of the day, I’m fighting for the fans and the media so why not fight who they want me to fight?

I’m just looking to take the things I do well and execute, and then I’m looking to take away the things Garcia does well and force him to do the things he doesn’t do well more often. I don’t look at any one previous fight of his and think ours is going to go that way.

I’m a better fighter. He’s definitely a counter-puncher and we’re looking to make sure that we don’t get countered the way some others have been.

There have been ups and downs in the camp. Sometimes it’s time to pull back and relax, but sometimes it’s time to work hard. Overall I feel great. A lot of people say this, but this has been my best training camp ever and I’m happy where I’m at right now. I’m ready to fight.

This is the biggest fight for me. After this there’s nothing left to do in the weight class. I’d like to move up after this next fight.

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NBC held¬†an official press conference today to announce Premier Boxing Champions,¬†an ambitious new program series from manager Al Haymon aimed at bringing elite boxing back to network television. The presser was noted for its exclusivity in not only live attendance, but also the fact that a password-protected stream was only provided to select media outlets. Nonetheless, here are the highlights from the company’s first press release.

РThe official name for the series is Premier Boxing Champions, which will feature at least 20 cards this year. Those will include 11 on NBC and 5 in prime time. The cards will have pre and post-fight coverage.

Al Michaels will be the lead commentator on all fights, with Sugar Ray Leonard handling boxing analyst duties.

– Elite, competitive fights were promised, with boxers to compete 3-4 times per year.

– All fighters will be subject to Olympic style drug testing and brain health tests, the latter being conducted by the Cleveland Clinic.

– Along with the confirmed March 7 card (Thurman vs. Guerrero, Broner vs. John Molina), Haymon Boxing VP of Operations Lamont Jones verified that Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson will headline a card on April 11.

– Fighters on hand at the presser included Robert Guerrero, Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns.

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This is a very strong start for Haymon’s¬†brand. If he keeps this up throughout the year,¬†there is¬†a distinct possibility that he ends up putting HBO and Showtime’s boxing product to shame.¬†The¬†alternative would be¬†Showtime and HBO picking up their game to meet or exceed Haymon’s¬†product.¬†With Haymon’s¬†large clientele list, there are literally dozens of elite matchups he can put on in-house. And should he start working with other promoters, we¬†could really start to see something special happen with boxing re-emerging and connecting with casual fans.

If you’re a boxing fan, these are exciting developments. After the gross mismatches we saw in 2014, Haymon is well on his way to making amends…so far.