Sergey Lipinets may get another title shot. Lamont Peterson is done.
Lipinets stopped Peterson in the 10th round of a brutal welterweight bout on Sunday night, bringing Peterson to declare an end to his career just minutes after his trainer threw in the towel.
""It's been a long career but today is the day," the 35-year-old Peterson said over the PA system at the MGM National Harbor, just miles from his native Washington. "I love everyone here and I'm always going to support this area, but I'm sure it's time for me to hang it up. I couldn't go out in a better way here at home. This will be the last time you see me in the ring."
Fighting for the first time in 14 months, Peterson (35-5-1) started strong but began to lose ground to Lipinets (15-1, 11 KOs). After appearing close to a knockdown two rounds prior, Lipinets felled peterson in a neutral corner at the end of the 10th.
Peterson staggered to his feet as trainer Barry Hunter tossed the towel in, and moments later Hunter held Peterson in his arms in the center of the ring.
"It kind of just came out of nowhere at the end," Peterson said. "That's been happening to me more now, and that let me know that it's time for this to be the last time in the ring."
After being dominated in January 2018 by Errol Spence in a contest for the vacant IBF welterweight title, Peterson appeared to consider retirement then.
The exciting action fight featured both fighters throwing a career high number of punches, according to CompuBox. Both fighters landed a nearly identical number of power punches (189-188 for Peterson), with Lipinets landing 23 in each of the final two rounds.
After the fight. Peterson, along with lifelong trainer and fellow Washington, D.C.-native Barry Hunter, announced his retirement from boxing in front of his hometown fans after a career that saw him win titles at 140 and 147-pounds.