Trainer Barry Hunter has been with Lamont Peterson from the beginning. Therefore, Hunter knows what it takes to bring out the best in his fighter. Hunter is going to have to do that and more on January 20 when Peterson battles IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn(SHOWTIME).
On Thursday, during Peterson’s media workout in Washington D.C., Hunter discussed what he expects to see on January 20:
“When you look at the Spence-Brook fight, early on Brook had a lot of success. Down the stretch, Errol imposed his will and broke Brook down. I know Errol well, and I’ve coached him. He has a strong will. He’s not great in one area, but he’s good in a lot of areas,” Hunter said. “This is a different kind of guy he’s facing. Heart is something Lamont is nowhere near short on. I think this might start off tactical, and then turn into a war.”
Hunter is confident that he can come up with a strategy to beat Spence:
“My job is to go in there with part of a plan, but it’s always about adjustments for us. Whatever Errol brings to the table, we’ll figure it out and put everything in motion.”
With all the talent that Spence has, Hunter knows that he needs to prepare for anything:
“This last week is a lot of game plan and mental preparation work. A lot of fighters don’t train the mind. You have to train the mind even more so than the body. We have to be ready for every scenario.”
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features lightweight world champion Robert Easter battling former champion Javier Fortuna.