|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
January 24, 1984 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Wins by KO||17|
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. He previously won the WBA (Super) and IBF light welterweight titles in 2011 by controversially defeating Amir Khan. He was stripped of both titles; the WBA in 2012 for testing positive for steroids, and the IBF in 2015 for his non-title loss to Danny García. He also held the WBO interim light welterweight title in 2009.
- 1 Background
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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 and their mother suffering personal issues. The brothers were reportedly homeless on the streets of Washington, DC for several years. 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.
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).
Peterson vs. Bradley
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
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.
Peterson vs. Khan
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. A rematch planned for May 19, 2012 was cancelled following Peterson's positive test for synthetic testosterone.
Return in 2013
Peterson vs. Matthysse
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.
Peterson vs. Jean
On January 25, 2014 Peterson fought Dierry Jean in Washington, D.C., with Peterson's IBF Light Welterweight championship on the line. Peterson won the fight by unanimous decision, handing Jean his first career loss, with the judges scores of 118-111, 116-112, 115-113.
Peterson vs. Garcia
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. The fight was held at a catchweight of 143lb, with neither boxers titles at stake.
Peterson vs. Diaz
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."
Peterson vs. Avanesyan
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. 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. 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.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|39 fights||35 wins||3 losses|
|39||Win||35–3–1||David Avanesyan||UD||12||Feb 18, 2017||Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.||Won WBA (Regular) welterweight title|
|38||Win||34–3–1||Félix Díaz||MD||12||Oct 17, 2015||EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.|
|37||Loss||33–3–1||Danny García||MD||12||Apr 11, 2015||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|36||Win||33–2–1||Edgar Santana||TKO||10 (12), 2:48||Aug 9, 2014||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained IBF light welterweight title|
|35||Win||32–2–1||Dierry Jean||UD||12||Jan 25, 2014||D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.||Retained IBF light welterweight title|
|34||Loss||31–2–1||Lucas Matthysse||TKO||3 (12), 2:14||May 18, 2013||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|33||Win||31–1–1||Kendall Holt||TKO||8 (12), 1:42||Feb 22, 2013||D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.||Retained IBF light welterweight title|
|32||Win||30–1–1||Amir Khan||SD||12||Dec 10, 2011||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||Victor Cayo||KO||12 (12), 2:46||Jul 29, 2011||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|30||Draw||28–1–1||Victor Ortiz||MD||10||Dec 11, 2010||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|29||Win||28–1||Damian Fuller||TKO||7 (10), 1:10||Apr 10, 2010||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|28||Loss||27–1||Timothy Bradley||UD||12||Dec 12, 2009||Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.||For WBO light welterweight title|
|27||Win||27–0||Willy Blain||TKO||7 (12), 1:47||Apr 25, 2009||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico||Won vacant WBO interim light welterweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Lanardo Tyner||UD||10||Nov 1, 2008||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant NABF interim light welterweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Rogelio Castañeda Jr.||TKO||9 (10), 2:50||Jul 5, 2008||Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|24||Win||24–0||Antonio Mesquita||UD||10||Jan 4, 2008||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Humberto Toledo||KO||1 (8), 2:28||Nov 17, 2007||Casablanca Casino, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands|
|22||Win||22–0||Frankie Santos||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||Sep 7, 2007||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.||Won vacant WBO–NABO light welterweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||John Brown||TKO||8 (10), 0:28||May 25, 2007||D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Juaquin Gallardo||UD||8||Jan 5, 2007||Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Marteze Logan||UD||8||Nov 18, 2006||Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Omar Bernal||TKO||6 (8), 1:19||Sep 1, 2006||Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino, East Peoria, Illinois, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Mario Ramos||UD||10||Apr 28, 2006||4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Jose Leo Moreno||UD||10||Feb 17, 2006||FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.||Won vacant WBC–USBNC light welterweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Johnny Walker||TKO||3 (6)||Dec 10, 2005||Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Robert Frankel||UD||8||Sep 2, 2005||Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Meacher Major||UD||6||Aug 20, 2005||Isle of Capri Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Miguel Angel Torresillas||UD||10||Jul 19, 2005||Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||John Frazier||TKO||1 (6)||Jun 18, 2005||FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Mikel Williams||UD||6||May 22, 2005||Silver Star Hotel & Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Orlando Jesus Soto||UD||6||Apr 30, 2005||Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Larry Cunningham||TKO||4||Apr 23, 2005||Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Oscar Perez||TKO||1 (4), 2:23||Apr 9, 2005||Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Sheldon Mosley||TKO||2 (6)||Feb 19, 2005||Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Steve Verdin||UD||4||Jan 22, 2005||Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Daniel Craycraft||UD||4||Dec 12, 2004||Convention Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Michael Moss||KO||1 (4), 2:20||Nov 5, 2004||Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Walter Gilliam||UD||4||Oct 23, 2004||Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Nicholas Dean||TKO||1 (4), 0:22||Sep 25, 2004||FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.||Professional debut|
- Punching Petersons pushing for title run – boxing – ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (2007-05-16). Retrieved on 2011-12-12.
- The Peterson Brothers: An Argument for Boxing. Eastsideboxing.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-12.
- Lamont Peterson, Victor Ortiz draw published by Associated Press on 12-12-2010
- Gavin, Jamie (2011-12-20). "Scott Christ". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
- Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson rematch off after failed drugs test BBC News. 10 May 2012
- "WBA strips Peterson of its 140-pound title - Ring TV". Ringtv.craveonline.com. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
- "Boxing News | Amir Khan reinstated as WBA super champion". Fightnews.com. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
-  Archived July 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Lamont Peterson to defend title against Kendall Holt in February - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
- "Lamont Peterson returns with impressive eighth round stoppage". February 22, 2013.
- "Lucas Matthysse steamrolls Peterson in three". May 18, 2013.
- "Canada's Jean looks to title fight with Peterson in January". TSN.ca. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
- "Lamont Peterson retains title with decision over Dierry Jean". CBC Sports. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "Danny Garcia pulls out majority decision win over Lamont Peterson". April 12, 2015.
- "Danny Garcia beats Lamont Peterson to stay unbeaten". USA Today. April 11, 2015.
- "Lamont Peterson outscores Felix Diaz for majority decision victory". ESPN. October 18, 2015.
- "David Avanesyan vs. Lamont Peterson in Play For February". Boxing Scene. December 20, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- "Lamont Peterson-David Avanesyan Looms For Broner vs. Granados". Boxing Scene. January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- "Broner beats pal Granados in welterweight bout". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
- "Lamont Peterson outworks, outpoints David Avanesyan - The Ring". The Ring. 2017-02-18. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
- "Lamont Peterson Decisions David Avanesyan, Captures WBA Belt - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
- Professional boxing record for Lamont Peterson from BoxRec
- Lamont Peterson profile at Premier Boxing Champions
|Amateur boxing titles|
|U.S. Golden Gloves lightweight champion
|Regional boxing titles|
|New title||WBC–USBNC light welterweight champion
February 17, 2006 – December 2006
Title next held byHector Munoz
Title last held byHenry Bruseles
|WBO–NABO light welterweight champion
September 7, 2007 – November 2008
Title next held byVictor Ortiz
Title last held byTerrance Cauthen
|NABF light welterweight champion
November 1, 2008 – April 2009
|World boxing titles|
|New title||WBO light welterweight champion
April 25, 2009 – December 12, 2009
Lost bid for world title
Title next held byJuan Manuel Márquez
|WBA light welterweight champion
December 10, 2011 – July 11, 2012
|IBF light welterweight champion
December 10, 2011 – April 11, 2015
Title next held byCésar Cuenca
|WBA welterweight champion
February 18, 2017 – present