Lamont Peterson

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Lamont Peterson
Nickname(s) Havoc
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1984-01-24) January 24, 1984 (age 33)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 39
Wins 35
Wins by KO 17
Losses 3
Draws 1

Lamont Peterson (born January 24, 1984) is an American professional boxer. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA (Regular) welterweight title since February 2017. Previously he won the WBA (Super) and IBF light welterweight titles in 2011 by controversially defeating Amir Khan, but was later stripped of both titles; the WBA in 2012 for failing a drugs test, and the IBF in 2015 for his non-title loss to Danny García. Peterson also held the WBO interim light welterweight title in 2009.

Early life[edit]

Lamont Peterson and his younger brother Anthony Peterson have been regularly featured on ESPN boxing telecasts and their story has been frequently discussed on the show. The Petersons were left without parents at an early age, with their father in prison[1] and their mother suffering personal issues. The brothers were reportedly homeless on the streets of Washington, DC for several years.[2] While homeless at age 10, they were noticed by Barry Hunter, a boxing coach. Over time, Hunter developed their boxing skills while mentoring them and both brothers morphed into amateur boxing stars.

Amateur career[edit]

He became 141 lbs US champion in 2003. He holds wins over Rock Allen in 2003, who beat him twice 2004 in the Olympic box-offs, Mike Alvarado and Andre Dirrell, as well as 2003 amateur world champion Willy Blain (in 2003).

Professional career[edit]

Light Welterweight[edit]

In 2009, Peterson defeated Blain by 7th round TKO to win the Interim WBO Light Welterweight title.

Peterson vs. Bradley[edit]

He fought WBO Light Welterweight champion and Ring No. 1 Light Welterweight Timothy Bradley in late 2009, but lost by unanimous decision.

Peterson vs. Ortiz[edit]

On the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana, Peterson faced Ring No. 9 Light Welterweight Victor Ortiz on December 11 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and fought to a controversial draw. Ortiz started the fight strong by knocking Peterson down twice in the third round, but many felt Peterson took the middle and late rounds of the fight, doing enough to earn the decision.[3]

Peterson vs. Khan[edit]

Peterson defeated Ring No. 2 ranked Light Welterweight Amir Khan for the WBA and IBF Light Welterweight titles in Washington, DC on December 10, 2011 by split decision. There was some controversy over the refereeing, due to two point deductions against Khan for pushing Peterson off him.[4] A rematch planned for May 19, 2012 was cancelled following Peterson's positive test for synthetic testosterone.[5]

Peterson was stripped of the WBA 140-pound title as a result of his failed pre-fight drug test. Amir Khan reinstated as WBA champion.[6][7][8]

Return in 2013[edit]

He defended his IBF Light Welterweight title on February 22, 2013 against Kendall Holt at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.[9] Peterson retained his title by TKO stoppage against Holt.[10]

Peterson vs. Matthysse[edit]

Peterson fought Lucas Matthysse on May 18, 2013 in Atlantic City. Peterson lost by TKO in round 3; he was knocked down once in round 2 and two more times in round 3. This was counted as successful title defence by Matthysse by the WBC although the title was not on the line for Peterson for being over the light welterweight limit. Matthysse would have been stripped had he lost the fight.[11]

Peterson vs. Jean[edit]

On January 25, 2014 Peterson fought Dierry Jean in Washington, D.C., with Peterson's IBF Light Welterweight championship on the line.[12] Peterson won the fight by unanimous decision, handing Jean his first career loss, with the judges scores of 118-111, 116-112, 115-113.[13]

Peterson vs. Garcia[edit]

Peterson faced Danny García on April 11, 2015, in his debut bout in the Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC. The fight took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Peterson lost by 12 round majority decision. One judge had it a draw at 114-114 while two judges both had it 113-115 for Garcia.[14] The fight was held at a catchweight of 143lb, with neither boxers titles at stake.[15]


Peterson vs. Diaz[edit]

On October 17, 2015 Peterson fought at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia against undefeated welterweight prospect and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (17-0, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round fight. Peterson won a close 12 round majority decision over Diaz. The final judges’ scores were 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112. Peterson was effective with his body punching in most round, but gave away a lot of the rounds to Diaz by not throwing enough punches, and getting hit on the inside. Some observers had Diaz the winner, with ESPN scoring it 116-112 for Diaz. Peterson voiced his opinion in believing he won the fight in the post fight interview, "I started out strong and faded in the middle rounds because I started to cramp, and it lasted for the rest of the fight, but I knew I had done enough to win the fight."[16]

Peterson vs. Avanesyan[edit]

In December 2016, early reports suggested there was a fight in the works, for David Avanesyan to defend the interim championship against Peterson. A venue in the United States was being discussed for February 2017.[17] On January 11, 2017 a spokesperson for Avanesyan announced the fight would take place on February 18 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on the undercard of Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados on Showtime.[18] Peterson became a two-weight division after defeating Avanesyan via a 12 round unanimous decision. The fight was described as 'highly competitive and entertaining' by ESPN. Two judges scored it 116-112 and the third had it closer at 115-113, all in favor of Peterson. Peterson earned a purse of $250,000 whilst Avanesyan had a purse of $75,000 and winning the fight put Peterson in position to fight the winner of Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia.[19][20][21]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
39 fights 35 wins 3 losses
By knockout 17 1
By decision 18 2
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
39 Win 35–3–1 Russia David Avanesyan UD 12 Feb 18, 2017 United States Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Won WBA (Regular) welterweight title
38 Win 34–3–1 Dominican Republic Félix Díaz MD 12 Oct 17, 2015 United States EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
37 Loss 33–3–1 United States Danny García MD 12 Apr 11, 2015 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
36 Win 33–2–1 Puerto Rico Edgar Santana TKO 10 (12), 2:48 Aug 9, 2014 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained IBF light welterweight title
35 Win 32–2–1 Canada Dierry Jean UD 12 Jan 25, 2014 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S. Retained IBF light welterweight title
34 Loss 31–2–1 Argentina Lucas Matthysse TKO 3 (12), 2:14 May 18, 2013 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
33 Win 31–1–1 United States Kendall Holt TKO 8 (12), 1:42 Feb 22, 2013 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S. Retained IBF light welterweight title
32 Win 30–1–1 United Kingdom Amir Khan SD 12 Dec 10, 2011 United States Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C Won WBA (Super) and IBF light welterweight titles
Khan later reinstated as champion by WBA after Peterson failed a drug test
31 Win 29–1–1 Dominican Republic Victor Cayo KO 12 (12), 2:46 Jul 29, 2011 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
30 Draw 28–1–1 United States Victor Ortiz MD 10 Dec 11, 2010 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
29 Win 28–1 United States Damian Fuller TKO 7 (10), 1:10 Apr 10, 2010 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
28 Loss 27–1 United States Timothy Bradley UD 12 Dec 12, 2009 United States Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S. For WBO light welterweight title
27 Win 27–0 France Willy Blain TKO 7 (12), 1:47 Apr 25, 2009 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBO interim light welterweight title
26 Win 26–0 United States Lanardo Tyner UD 10 Nov 1, 2008 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant NABF interim light welterweight title
25 Win 25–0 Mexico Rogelio Castañeda Jr. TKO 9 (10), 2:50 Jul 5, 2008 United States Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 Brazil Antonio Mesquita UD 10 Jan 4, 2008 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 Ecuador Humberto Toledo KO 1 (8), 2:28 Nov 17, 2007 Turks and Caicos Islands Casablanca Casino, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
22 Win 22–0 Puerto Rico Frankie Santos RTD 6 (12), 3:00 Sep 7, 2007 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO light welterweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States John Brown TKO 8 (10), 0:28 May 25, 2007 United States D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States Juaquin Gallardo UD 8 Jan 5, 2007 United States Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 United States Marteze Logan UD 8 Nov 18, 2006 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Omar Bernal TKO 6 (8), 1:19 Sep 1, 2006 United States Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino, East Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Mario Ramos UD 10 Apr 28, 2006 United States 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Jose Leo Moreno UD 10 Feb 17, 2006 United States FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Won vacant WBCUSBNC light welterweight title
15 Win 15–0 United States Johnny Walker TKO 3 (6) Dec 10, 2005 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Robert Frankel UD 8 Sep 2, 2005 United States Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 The Bahamas Meacher Major UD 6 Aug 20, 2005 United States Isle of Capri Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Miguel Angel Torresillas UD 10 Jul 19, 2005 United States Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States John Frazier TKO 1 (6) Jun 18, 2005 United States FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Mikel Williams UD 6 May 22, 2005 United States Silver Star Hotel & Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Orlando Jesus Soto UD 6 Apr 30, 2005 United States Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Larry Cunningham TKO 4 Apr 23, 2005 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Oscar Perez TKO 1 (4), 2:23 Apr 9, 2005 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Sheldon Mosley TKO 2 (6) Feb 19, 2005 United States Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Steve Verdin UD 4 Jan 22, 2005 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Daniel Craycraft UD 4 Dec 12, 2004 United States Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Michael Moss KO 1 (4), 2:20 Nov 5, 2004 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Walter Gilliam UD 4 Oct 23, 2004 United States Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Nicholas Dean TKO 1 (4), 0:22 Sep 25, 2004 United States FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Professional debut


  1. ^ Punching Petersons pushing for title run – boxing – ESPN. (2007-05-16). Retrieved on 2011-12-12.
  2. ^ The Peterson Brothers: An Argument for Boxing. Retrieved on 2011-12-12.
  3. ^ Lamont Peterson, Victor Ortiz draw published by Associated Press on 12-12-2010
  4. ^ Gavin, Jamie (2011-12-20). "Scott Christ". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  5. ^ Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson rematch off after failed drugs test BBC News. 10 May 2012
  6. ^ "WBA strips Peterson of its 140-pound title - Ring TV". 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Boxing News | Amir Khan reinstated as WBA super champion". 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  8. ^ [1] Archived July 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Lamont Peterson to defend title against Kendall Holt in February - ESPN". 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Lamont Peterson returns with impressive eighth round stoppage". February 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lucas Matthysse steamrolls Peterson in three". May 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Canada's Jean looks to title fight with Peterson in January". Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lamont Peterson retains title with decision over Dierry Jean". CBC Sports. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Danny Garcia pulls out majority decision win over Lamont Peterson". April 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Danny Garcia beats Lamont Peterson to stay unbeaten". USA Today. April 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Lamont Peterson outscores Felix Diaz for majority decision victory". ESPN. October 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ "David Avanesyan vs. Lamont Peterson in Play For February". Boxing Scene. December 20, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Lamont Peterson-David Avanesyan Looms For Broner vs. Granados". Boxing Scene. January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Broner beats pal Granados in welterweight bout". Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  20. ^ "Lamont Peterson outworks, outpoints David Avanesyan - The Ring". The Ring. 2017-02-18. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  21. ^ "Lamont Peterson Decisions David Avanesyan, Captures WBA Belt - Boxing News". Retrieved 2017-02-19. 

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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Renny Sotero
U.S. Golden Gloves lightweight champion
Lorenzo Reynolds
Regional boxing titles
New title WBCUSBNC light welterweight champion
February 17, 2006 – December 2006
Title next held by
Hector Munoz
Title last held by
Henry Bruseles
WBONABO light welterweight champion
September 7, 2007 – November 2008
Title next held by
Victor Ortiz
Title last held by
Terrance Cauthen
NABF light welterweight champion
Interim title

November 1, 2008 – April 2009
World boxing titles
New title WBO light welterweight champion
Interim title

April 25, 2009 – December 12, 2009
Lost bid for world title
Title next held by
Juan Manuel Márquez
Preceded by
Amir Khan
WBA light welterweight champion
Super title

December 10, 2011 – July 11, 2012
Succeeded by
Amir Khan
IBF light welterweight champion
December 10, 2011 – April 11, 2015
Title next held by
César Cuenca
Preceded by
David Avanesyan
WBA welterweight champion
Regular title

February 18, 2017 – present