Errol Spence Jr. on fighting Peterson: ‘I’m planning to dominate’

Unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. hosted a media workout in his hometown of Dallas on Tuesday ahead of his matchup against former two-division world champion Lamont Peterson Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.


Spence touched on a few different topics during his workout on Monday:

What he plans to do against Peterson:

“Everyone who has seen me fight before knows it won’t be a boring fight. Even if it’s one-sided, it’s always going to be action-packed. January 20 is going to be a tremendous fight, and I’m going to put on a great performance. I’m planning to dominate.

Fighting in Brooklyn:

“Defending my title in Brooklyn will be special. I have family in New York too so it means a lot that I’ll be able to defend at Barclays Center. New York is a boxing city, so they really appreciate champions and know the sport.”

How much he is looking forward to fighting Peterson:

“I’m excited to be fighting a guy like Lamont Peterson. I’m not fighting a regular no-name fighter. He’s going to bring the best out of me because he’s a true fighter. It makes the whole experience even better.”

On being the best in the welterweight division: 

“The top spot in the sport is really up for grabs now, and I’m coming for it. I don’t care who I have to face or where. I’m going to be the last man standing. That’s why we all get into this sport. I’m extremely confident in myself.”

What he expects from Peterson:

“Lamont and I both have big hearts, and I think everyone will be able to see that in the ring. We’re both smart fighters so there might be some feeling out before we get going. But I expect it to be a dogfight.”

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features lightweight world champion Robert Easter battling former champion Javier Fortuna in the co-main event.
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