Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Lamont Peterson Feels Refreshed Following Year-Long Ring Break

By Jake Donovan

Having not fought since a one-sided stoppage loss to Errol Spence Jr. last January, Lamont Peterson wasn’t ever left with much choice but to reflect over the past 14 months on what went wrong that night.

Coming to grips with defeat wasn’t as important, however, as getting to better understand his body to determine just how much further along the 35-year old can go in the sport.

“Honestly, we just wanted to rest my body; it’s been a long career,” Peterson (35-4-1, 17KOs) said of the extended ring break heading into Sunday’s PBC on FS1 headliner versus Sergey Lipinets (14-1, 10KOs). “I’ve been boxing for 25 years, professionally for 15 years pretty much straight through. Only injuries held me back.

“It was just about resting the body and being ready to go. The break felt good and I took sometime within that time (off) to learn my body better and be prepared if I have to give it more in the ring.”

lamont-peterson

The former two-division titlist believes there’s no time like the present to embark on the next stage of his career, with aspirations of making another run in a loaded welterweight division. Peterson moved up in 2015, beginning with a catchweight bout versus then-unbeaten Danny Garcia when both were still 140-pound titlists.

A narrow points loss didn’t deter him from remaining above the super lightweight limit, facing and barely beating Felix Diaz—at the time an unbeaten 140-pound contender—later that year, sitting out all of 2016 before resurfacing in a 12-round win over David Avanesyan in their Feb. ’17 Showtime-televised clash to claim a secondary version of the WBA welterweight title.

The reign was short lived, vacating the belt in order to challenge for the one in Spence’s possession. The night proved physically taxing, with Peterson suffering a knockdown and a seven round-long beating before his career-long trainer Barry Hunter—by whom he and his younger brother Anthony were rescued from homelessness as youths—decided seconds into the eighth round that his fighter was done for the night.

“It was really hard,” Hunter said. “But if you know Lamont, you know he wasn’t gonna give up. So I had to stop it. At the end of the day, this is my son right here. And there’s nothing more valuable than his well-being.  If it comes to him or winning, I pick him. I care about him.”

That decision likely added years to Peterson’s career—and to his health in general.

“I’m always going to respect his decision,” Peterson says of Hunter’s call to stop the fight. “I know that he cares about me, not a fight. So, any decision he makes I’m going to be all for it. Of course for me, if you listen to fighters, we want to go.

“But if you gonna have the mentality that you gonna fight to the death, you have to have the right people in your corner. You have to have the people who understand the game and have enough love and respect for you to stop the fight (in that situation).”

Fourteen months later, Spence is still standing tall among the welterweight elite. Peterson, at the very least, has a new perspective on his own career.

“Everything’s not going to happen when you want it to happen,” Peterson acknowledges, not at all concerned that his time left in the sport could be limited. “You can’t compare it to your peers, ‘Oh this person won a world title, this person doing this.’

“Everyone has their own road. There can’t be frustration, you just have to wait your turn.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by SteveM on 03-24-2019

[QUOTE=kidaguilar;19612406]Lamont is done. I'd be very surprised if he beat Lipinets.[/QUOTE] You think so? Why? I see this as a very winnable fight as long as the 14 months inactivity doesn't weigh against him too much. That, and he is…

Comment by T.M.T on 03-24-2019

Looking forward to this fight. Let's Go Champ 🥊

Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 03-24-2019

Let’s go lamont!!

Comment by Oldskoolg on 03-24-2019

Looking forward to a good night of fights on FOX Sports 1 and Premier Boxing Champions baby! Boxing on basic cable and network tv....you just can’t beat it

Comment by wileyhemi on 03-24-2019

As caring as his trainer was he still took a beating a year's rest doesn't recover from

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (6)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Jayson Velez Reflects: I Beat Arboleda, The Public Knows It Fury: I'll Show My Power - I'll Make Deontay Wilder Quit! Mayweather: I'm Athlete of The Decade - NOT LeBron James Wilder-Fury Rematch: What We've Been Waiting For Warren: Knockdowns Give Fury Psychological Edge Over Wilder Spike O'Sullivan Anticipates 154 Title Eliminator on Canelo Card Adrian Montoya Takes Down Juan Torres in Two Rounds Cameron Krael Stuns Ravshan Hudaynazarov By Split Nod Haye: Fury Taking Big Gamble With Decision To Change Trainer Dulay Furious With Loss: I Boxed The Hell Out Of Magdaleno Mike Tyson: Fury Getting Up Was Like Rocky, Made Me a Fan Caleb Plant Not Keen On Short-Notice Fight Versus Canelo Perrella on TKO Loss: I Won Every Round - It's Like Chavez-Taylor Rau'Shee Warren: Felt Good To Be Back, I Want To Return in May Abel Ramos Stops Perrella With 1 Second Left in Fight Dubois: Joe Joyce Will Retire, This Will Be His Last Career Fight! Caleb Plant: I Want David Benavidez, I'm Tired of Waiting! Ryan Garcia: I Look Like A F--kin' Beast At 21 Years Old! Caleb Plant Batters, Dominates Feigenbutz in TKO Win Jordan Gill Back, Has Return Set For March 28 In London Dorticos Expects a "Classic" Battle With Mairis Briedis in Riga News: Kash Ali, Alex Dilmaghani, Brad Foster, Chamberlain, More Mike Tyson Reacts To Wilder's Prediction of Beating Him Kell Brook: I'd Be 100% in Errol Spence Rematch - I'd Beat Him Benavidez Warns Plant: Easy To Look Good Against a Bum! Elwin Soto Destroys Javier Rendon in The First Round Hearn: Pressure on Joshua To KO Pulev - They Will Trade Punches Caleb Plant Beats Down Overmatched Feigenbutz, TKO in Ten Caleb Plant vs. Vincent Feigenbutz - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Abel Ramos Scores Dramatic Stoppage of Bryant Perrella Diego Magadeleno Drops, Shocks Austin Dulay For Decision Win Plant: Not Here To Be Nice To Feigenbutz, Here To Knock Him Out Rau'Shee Warren Returns, Decisions Gilberto Mendoza Over Ten Ramos: Perrella's Trash Talk Is As Basic As The Way He Fights Feigenbutz: I Will KO Plant For My Nashville Fans Since He Doesn't Have Any Of His Own Dulay Embraces Hometown Edge For Crossroads Bout With Magdaleno Caleb Plant vs. Vincent Feigenbutz - LIVE Results From Nashville Benavidez: Feigenbutz Not Good At All; How Many Tune-Ups Does Plant Get? Caleb Plant: I'm Sharper Now Than I Was For Uzcategui, Lee Adrian Montoya Returns To Action in Tijuana, Mexico
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement