by David P. Greisman
Lamont Peterson has been at or around the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds for the entirety of his 10-year pro career. But that doesn’t mean he never has difficulty before stepping on the official scales.
“Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s a little tough,” Peterson said following his stoppage win of Edgar Santana this past Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. “This time was a little tougher than normal.
“I actually had random drug testing going on through the camp, and they would pop up on me and my weight would be good, and they would come to my hotel and be like, ‘OK, we need some urine.’ And I’d have to sit there and drink six, seven pounds of water just to give them a sample. Some way I got to get that weight off. So it was a little bit more difficult this time, but I think I have no problem with making it.”
Peterson said he would prefer for a unification bout with lineal champion Danny Garcia to be at 140, though he would be OK with a higher weight. Garcia’s win over Rod Salka in Saturday’s main event came in a bout where the contractual weight limit was 142 pounds.
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