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Peterson does not look back

Hard work describes Lamont Peterson
Hard work describes Lamont Peterson
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International Boxing Federation Junior Welterweight, (140), World Champion is coming off of a loss in his last fight back in May of last year to Lucas Matthysse in a fashion that may keep some fighters thinking about the past. Not Peterson. “That fight is in the past. I don’t care about that fight and no one cares about that fight. I am a fighter…I fight. I don’t care about any belt or anyone calling me champion. I train hard and I fight, no matter what”, claims Peterson.

Peterson, (31-2-1, 16 KO’s), is defending his championship belt on January 25 at the DC Armory against undefeated number 1 challenger Dierry Jean, (25-0, 17 KO’s). Jean, from Canada, is very practical when it comes to fighting the champ in his home town. “I am fighting one man in the ring. I am not fighting the fans. Peterson is a worthy champion and has fought some tough fights, but it is my time now. I am coming to win the belt and take it back to Canada.”

Golden Boy CEO, Richard Schaefer, is happy to begin the new year with a fight in Washington, DC. “Washington, DC fans are great boxing fans. They support their home town fighters. Peterson is a favorite and I expect a sellout. Tickets are going very well. We had a great year in 2013, all because the fighters are willing to fight each other. Fans love fights where no one knows who the winner will be. The co-feature Jermell Charlo against Gabriel Rosado should also be a great fight. Both fighters are hungry and will fight in the Junior middleweight division, (154). Charlo is putting his undefeated record on the line. Both fights will be shown on Showtime.”

Jean said, “I dreamed I was a fighter. The next day I was asked to come to the gym and train to fight and I said, ‘why not’, I had a dream I was a fighter. I have been fighting ever since”. At a teleconference with reporters, Peterson did not have much to say. He made his point over and over, “I train hard before each fight. I change my diet and my whole life style when I get ready for a fight. This fight is no different from the others. I am not fighting for a belt. I am fighting because this is what I do”. Lamont’s brother, Anthony is also featured on the card. Please subscribe and follow the action of the fighters in the Washington, DC area.