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Peterson's Trainer on Khan, Move To 147, Bradley, More

By Chris Robinson

The night of December 10th, 2011 will always be special to trainer Barry Hunter.

On that evening, Hunter’s fighter Lamont Peterson, who the coach has been with since the amateurs, scored a huge upset over Amir Khan at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Peterson’s pressure and relentless body-punching helped pave the way towards a split-decision victory over twelve fast-paced rounds and he now holds the IBF and WBA junior welterweight titles that used to belong to Khan.

I caught up with Hunter recently to get his take on what Peterson’s victory meant to him, his reasons why he isn’t rushing to make a decision on their next fight until after some down time, and also why he thinks that a move up to welterweight may eventually be in the cards for Lamont.
 
Hunter also touched on some other storylines and matchups in the sport, including the possibility of a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight coming off, the heated rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto, and why he is favoring Devon Alexander over Marcos Maidana come February 25th…
 
This is what Hunter had to say…

Confident heading into the Amir Khan fight…
“I’m very confident in my team, very confident in the abilities my fighters, and I’m confident in myself as a teacher. Heading into that fight we had a very good feeling. There were several things I saw in Amir. I think he’s a real, real good, young fighter. I think he’s shown that he’s willing to fight, but on the flipside I thought he had some offensive deficiencies.”

Hearing Lamont announced as a world champion…
“It was a great feeling to all of us. But like I said, on the flipside of that, just the feeling we had going into that fight was a feeling I had for a while. Going into that fight, that was something that we had to do. I was happy, but I wasn’t surprised.”

Not rushing for the future…
“I think his future is bright. Because we’ve been on this journey so long, we never really had a chance to sit back and take this whole thing all in. When you think about the journey that it took to get there, we took the long, long road. So therefore, I think we want to take a step back and then we can decide what direction we want to go in.”

Reflecting on Lamont’s December 2009 loss to Tim Bradley…
“Going into the Bradley fight, we had a weight issue. I don’t want to say anything to take away from Bradley. Bradley was on that night, he was fired up, and he made the adjustments. And he was definitely the better fighter that night. That’s not to suggest that he’s overall better than Lamont. That was his night, he worked for it, he deserved it. I had no problems with it”

Learning from the training camp pre-Bradley…
“Going into the fight, we had gained about fourteen or fifteen pounds of muscle. And as wee all know, muscle is harder than fat and definitely harder to get rid of. So we got stuck at about 148 ponds and we really didn’t make the weight until about a day or two out. Going through that, it took a lot away from us. I take a lot of that on me, because I was in charge of the overall operations of our team, and that was something I should have caught. But we learned from it, we got better, and here we are today.”

Serving as Lamont’s manger as well as his trainer…
“You know, it’s hard enough being a trainer. On the flipside, what we do, trust is a big issue and a big factor. When I was willing to take that role, I didn’t want it, but nevertheless, I’m very, very passionate about my guys. It’s definitely a big responsibility. As far as Lamont is concerned now, we’ve been cautious all the way up to this point, so there’s no way to rush him. We’re going to take our time. Get some rest and we’ll come back for the right decision.”

Whether boxing will ever see Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather…
“I think eventually they’ll work it out. It’s a very, very attractive fight. Hopefully, one day, they’ll all come together and everybody can do the best thing and put that fight on. That’s a fight the world wants to see.”

Why Pacquiao has problems with Juan Manuel Marquez…
“Understand, I didn’t see the last fight. The only time I watch is if I’m scouting my opponent or one of my guys is fighting. Nevertheless, if you look at all the fights they had, the matchups were pretty much even. I think it could be a style thing. Marquez is surgical, he’s one of the best technical fighters out there; very rarely makes mistakes. Pacquiao is unorthodox, very energetic, explosive, and I think those two styles match up to be great.”

Reflecting on Lamont’s sparring with Floyd Mayweather in August of 2009 in Las Vegas…
“It was beautiful. Some of the best work I’ve ever seen in all my years of coaching. Skill-wise, some of the best work I’ve ever seen. Very tactical and skillful. Floyd is one of the best skilled fighters on the planet. Very patient, very skillful, and it was just great sparring. Roger was cool, Floyd Sr. was cool, and if anybody missed it, it was some of the best sparring.”

Pondering an eventual move up to the welterweight class for Peterson…
“Ah yeah, he’s special. I just believe in my whole squad. He’s young, he’s still maturing; I think eventually we will go up to 147. Once we get there it all depends on who’s there. Definitely there’s room for growth and we can always get better. I’m just looking forward to him coming into his own next year.”

Staying neutral on the Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto rematch…
“It’s a really hard fight, to a degree. Both of these guys are very, very big punchers. I give Berto the edge in the speed category. The crazy part about it, I worked with Victor in the junior Olympics. I also worked with Berto when he was young. The first time I saw Berto, he was, I believe, fifteen years old. I know them real well. Hopefully both people show up and let it all hang. I’m going to stay neutral because I’m so close to both of them, but however it goes, I see it being a great fight.”

Favoring Devon Alexander over Marcos Maidana on February 25th…
“I go with Devon. Devon is the type of fighter that, if you can’t match his speed or match his technique, you’re going to have problems. I just don’t see Marcos being able to keep up with him, skill-wise. He’s a great puncher, he has great heart, but Devon is a southpaw also and he can be real slick at times. I give the edge to Devon.”

[Reader's note: Visit the following slideshows for a look back on 2011 with boxing's
biggest stars
Nonito Donaire / Juan Manuel Marquez / Victor Ortiz ]
 
Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected] . Please follow him at www.Twitter.com/CRHarmony

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Devil on 12-21-2011

LaFraud Peterson will feel shame everytime someone calls him "Champ" but no worries only people of color in DC will call him such an absurd thing.

Comment by DoomCity202 on 12-21-2011

[QUOTE=rogdogx;11588002]This guy said if you can't match Devon's speed or skill he's gonna give you problems. Mattyse didnt match either & beat Devon's ass. Oh by problems he means having the STL judges rob you lol.[/QUOTE] No by problems he…

Comment by nycsmooth on 12-21-2011

Aleander's a pretender that'll be xposed once he's out of StL & Cincy and Khan just won't make it @ '47 unless he stays hidden w/in WBA, no quality there...

Comment by americanbot on 12-21-2011

[QUOTE=rogdogx;11588002]This guy said if you can't match Devon's speed or skill he's gonna give you problems. Mattyse didnt match either & beat Devon's ass. Oh by problems he means having the STL judges rob you lol.[/QUOTE]the problem with this is…

Comment by rogdogx on 12-21-2011

This guy said if you can't match Devon's speed or skill he's gonna give you problems. Mattyse didnt match either & beat Devon's ass. Oh by problems he means having the STL judges rob you lol.

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