Peterson is a two-division champion with a record of 35-3, with 17 knockouts. Peterson told reporters recently that he has never been this relaxed training for a fight.
“It gets easier and easier the more championship fights I’m in,” Peterson said. “I’ve improved each time, and now I feel like I’m really at the perfect place in my career.”
One reason Peterson feels good, is he does not have to worry about getting down to 140 pounds.
“That is a monster we don’t have to deal with anymore. Lamont is in a great place mentally and physically, and I‘m looking forward to an explosive fight,” Peterson’s trainer, Barry Hunter said.
Peterson fought at 140 pounds most of his pro career, but Welterweight (147), suits him much better.
Anthony Peterson (37-1, 24 KO’s) will see his first action in two years. His opponent is Louis Florez.
The younger Peterson may be the unluckiest fighter of all time. Various things have come up to cancel fights over the past two years.
“I haven’t gotten the fights I want, but I’ll always stick to my game and stick to my craft,” Anthony said.
“If Anthony goes in and does his job, there are a few vacant titles at 140 pounds, and that’s a track for us”, Hunter said.
Peterson joins two DMV fighters who currently hold championship belts. Prince George’s County residents Jarett Hurd and Gary Russell, Jr. are the other two.
Peterson loves his hometown.
“I am trying to get as much recognition for this area the best way I can. That’s what we strive for in this gym. I am ready to bring it home.” he said.
In local action last week, Tori Nelson (17-1-2) from Ashburn, Va. lost a unanimous decision to twice Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (5-0) in Verona, NY.
Shields defended her belts with a shutout of Nelson. She won 100-90 on all cards in the 10 round fight.
Nelson, 41, hung in there but was overmatched by the 22-year-old in Shields. The fight was shown on the Showtime After Dark series.