Two-division world champion Lamont Peterson takes on former junior welterweight world champion Sergey Lipinets in a 12-round welterweight match that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes on Sunday, March 24 from MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
Coverage on FS1 and FOX Deportes begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features
Anthony Peterson, Lamont’s brother, battling former junior lightweight world champion Argenis Mendez in a 10-round junior welterweight bout that serves as the co-main event.
The Peterson brothers are an inspirational duo that rose from poverty and homelessness in Washington D.C. as children to become professional boxers and reach an elite level in the sport. They will be fighting as the main and co-main event in nationally televised bouts for the first time since 2006 and will look to put on a show for fans just outside of their hometown.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and HeadBangers Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.mgmnationalharbor.com/.
Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) has battled some of the top names in the sport at 140 and 147-pounds in climbing through the ranks and winning titles in both divisions while facing the likes of Victor Ortiz, Timothy Bradley, Jr., Amir Khan, Kendall Holt, Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia and Errol Spence, Jr. The 35-year-old from Washington D.C. won the IBF and WBA 140-pound titles with a split decision victory over Khan in 2011 and won the welterweight championship with a unanimous decision over David Avanesyan in 2017. Peterson is looking to rebound from a loss to Spence in a welterweight title fight last January.
“I’m happy to be doing what I love and that is fighting,” said Lamont Peterson. “I’m really excited about having the chance to fight at home once again and also on FS1 and FOX Deportes for the first time. I plan on giving fans on TV and in the arena the show they came to see.”
Lipinets (14-1, 10 KOs) has moved up to the welterweight division after previously becoming a world champion at 140 pounds. The 29-year-old, who is from Kazakhstan, grew up in Russia and now lives in Beverly Hills, California, picked up the IBF super lightweight world title with a unanimous decision victory over Akihiro Kondo in 2017. He lost the title by decision to Mikey Garcia last March and rebounded to defeat Erick Bone in his welterweight debut.
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Weights are made, and now it is time to fight. On Friday in Brooklyn, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. weighed in at 147, and the challenger, Lamont Peterson came in at 146.75.
Now, it’s on to Saturday night when these two fighters get into the ring at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter and former world champion Javier Fortuna.
Here’s how the two fighters looked on Friday:
For the last time before the weigh-in, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and two-division world champion Lamont Peterson faced off Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday, January 20 in the main event live on SHOWTIME(9PMET) from Barclays Center.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are priced starting at $50, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center or by calling 800-745-3000. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Peterson, 33, would like to be a Hall of Famer when his career is over. In his mind, a win against Spence and others could get him there:
“When I got into boxing, I had goals. First I wanted to be a National Champion, then a world champion as a professional, but the ultimate goal is to be in the Hall of Fame,” Peterson said today. “With that being my goal, I wouldn’t put myself in that conversation yet. With wins over a guy like Errol Spence and the other top welterweights, I think I’m right there in it. That’s my goal and I’ll give it my all to get there.”
“If you left it to me I’d fight every month. That’s how much I love the sport. I know a victory would help me get in the ring even more often. Sometimes if you lose at the top level, other top guys don’t want to take a chance against you. I can fix all of that this weekend,” Peterson said.
A win against Spence would be huge for Peterson, but it won’t be easy. Spence is arguably one of the most talented boxers in the sport. Peterson will probably need a career-best performance to get the victory on Saturday night.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter and former world champion Javier Fortuna, who met face to face for the first time on Thursday.
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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.
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.”