Al Bernstein, Hall of Famer and expert analyst for Showtime Sports, expects the upcoming welterweight clash between Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson to be a very entertaining affair.
Spence (22-0, 19 KOs) will make the first defense of his IBF world title against Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) on January 20th from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Showtime will televise the bout.
Spence, a 2012 Olympian, captured the title last May, when he traveled over to Sheffield to secure an eleven round knockout of Kell Brook.
Peterson is a former two division world champion, with titles captured at junior welterweight and welterweight.
He won four out of his last five fights, including a close points loss to Danny Garcia - in a fight that many felt could have gone either way.
While he freely admits the Spence is the overwhelming favorite to win the fight, Bernstain believes Peterson is going to create fireworks and have his own share of success in the bout.
"Lamont Peterson is one of those fighters that fights everybody, never turns down a tough opponent, and except for the Matthysse fight — which he lost early — has never been in a dull or non competitive fight. Errol Spence is really good, we found that out against Kell Brook, that was a big test for him. Spence hadn’t fought that level of competition and he went to England and the first six rounds of the fight were dead even, great give and taken, and then Errol Spence took over the fight," Bernstein said to On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
"Spence is a thunderous body puncher. He’s an aggressive fighter who doesn’t get hit as much as you would think he would. Lamont Peterson is a master boxer/puncher who also likes to get into the trenches — probably more than he should — so I think it will be a very entertaining fight. Errol Spence is clearly the favorite in that fight, but I expect Lamont Peterson to make it very entertaining."