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Anthony Peterson looks sharp after long layoff

Anthony Peterson is back
Anthony Peterson is back

Washington, DC's Anthony Peterson showed very little rust as he posted a unanimous decision over Marcos Jimenez on ESPN Friday night fights from Cabazon, California. The 3 judges scored the bout 98-92, 100-90 and 99-91 for Peterson, who used his entire arsenal of skills for 10 rounds. Peterson came out fast showing jabs, right leads and thunderous body shots as Jimenez covered up for most of the early rounds. The action took place at the Morongo Casino.

Peterson, (33-1), was fighting only his second fight in 27 months and understandably slowed down in rounds 8 and 9. He was never challenged to lose a round although he tied Jimenez up during round 8 as Jimenez showed some aggression in that round. Give trainer Barry Hunter and the Head Bangers crew credit for keeping Peterson sharp during his infrequency of ring action. As world champion Lamont Peterson has said many times, "We are always in the gym". By 'We', he means him and Anthony.

Jimenez, (20-5), fought most of his fights under the lightweight limit of 135 pounds and fans could see that Peterson was the stronger of the two and proved it time and again with hard body shots and looping right hand leads that caught Jimenez square on the jaw. Peterson is a fundamentally sound fighter. He is always on balance and has all of the punches at his disposal. His jab was on the money from round 1 on. When he chose to get inside and prove his man hood, he did it. Jimenez was a game opponent, but never backed up Peterson with any shots.

Older brother, Lamont sat at the broadcast station and said, "I get nervous watching, much more so than when I am fighting. I can control my actions in the ring, but I can't begin to think what my brother is going through. I calm down when I see that he is putting some rounds in the bank." Lamont looks to get back in action in June, but in the mean time, he and Anthony will stay in the gym. Please subscribe and follow the fighters that represent the Nations Capital.