Washington, DC fighters, Lamont and Anthony will fight on the same fight card for the first time since 2013, when they get in the ring on August 9 in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Lamont will defend his Jr. Welterweight IBF crown against veteran Edgar Santana, 29-4, 20 KO's, and Anthony's opponent has yet to be announced. In 2005, Lamont and Anthony fought a total of 21 times. On August 9, Lamont will have fought a total of 6 times since 2010 and Anthony has had only 5 fights since 2010. Lamont will be the co-feature of the evening and his fight will be shown, live, on Showtime Championship Boxing. Golden Boy Promotions is the promoter of record for this evening of boxing.
For some reason, both Peterson's never seem to look rusty in the ring after long lay offs. Trainer, Barry Hunter says, "Both Lamont and Anthony don't show rust because they are in the gym every day between fights. They treat every opponent like they are world champions. Yes, there may be a little rust, but it goes away real fast." Lamont, 31-2-1, 16 KO's, is not looking past Santana with his eye on Danny Garcia, 28-0,16 KO's, who is the main event fighter against Rod Salka. Although Garcia is the Unified Champion at 140 pounds, he will not be defending his title for some reason. The marquee fight in that division is Lamont Peterson against Garcia. "My attention is on Santana. If I don't beat Santana, there will be no fight with Garcia. Even if I win, there may not be a fight with Garcia. People who don't follow boxing don't know about Santana, but he is a good fighter. No fighter stays around the game for 10 years, that is not a good fighter. I will have to be ready. I will not say how ready I am, because it will seem that I am over confident, but I don't have anything more to do in this camp. I am ready to fight."
Anthony, 33-1, 21 KO's, won his last fight in California with a 10 round decision over Marcos Leonardo. This will be the first time he has fought two fights in the same calendar year since he had two fights in 2010. Unknown opponents never bother Anthony. "I never care to know anything about my opponents. The unknown keeps me from getting over confident. I don't care if the fighter is 10 feet tall, I am going to be ready. I feel as though I am going to get a title shot before this year is out." Anthony campaigns as a light weight and just turned 29. He possesses very good hand speed and is fundamentally sound. Another local DC fighter is on the card. Decorated amateur D'mitrius Ballard, 5-0,4 KO's will try to stay undefeated vs. an opponent to be named. Ballard is promoted by Golden Boy and is right on target with his career. "I am blessed to have signed with Golden Boy when I turned pro and I am happy to be fighting on these championship cards at such an early time as a pro", said Ballard. Please subscribe and follow the many talented fighters from Washington, DC.