Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Peterson: Beating Spence, Others Would Get Me to Hall of Fame

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Lamont Peterson was optimistic, yet honest.

He doesn’t consider what he has accomplished thus far in boxing worthy of induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The two-division champion is confident, though, that he can change how he is viewed historically by upsetting Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday night and beating other elite welterweights before he calls it a career.

Peterson explained his perspective during a press conference Thursday in Manhattan for his welterweight title fight against Spence at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

spence-peterson-weights (16)

“When I got into boxing, when you get into anything, you have goals,” Peterson said. “First you wanna be, starting in the amateurs, a national champion. You wanna fight on the Olympic team. You wanna become a world champion as a professional. But the ultimate goal is to be in the Hall of Fame. Honestly speaking, me looking at that, and that’s my goal, but at this point in my career, I wouldn’t put me into that, into the Hall of Fame.

“But a win over a guy like Errol Spence and, you know, if everyone actually decides to fight each other at welterweight, if I can make it through all of them names, I’ll put myself in. So that’s why I sign up for these fights and that’s my goal. And, of course, I’m gonna give it my all to get there.”

Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs), who’ll turn 34 on Wednesday, is a 10-1 underdog against Spence (22-0, 19 KOs). The highly regarded Spence, who’ll make the first defense of his IBF welterweight title, is widely viewed as one of the top 10 fighters, pound-for-pound, in boxing.

Peterson has lost only to former champions Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse and recently retired Timothy Bradley.

Garcia’s majority-decision victory over Peterson in April 2015 caused controversy. Only Matthysse has knocked out Peterson, who was dropped three times in their May 2013 bout before losing by third-round technical knockout.

“When you get to those big stages and those big fights, I think you have to win more than you lose,” Peterson said. “And at this point, I’m kind of right there. I feel like if I could run these last few off for these next few years, I should be good enough to be in [the Hall of Fame].”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Strategic1 on 01-20-2018

[QUOTE=SteveM;18422370]Peterson, even if he beat Spence, Garcia and Matthyse wouldn't be a first time HOF. But if Spence went on to recover and dominate later on that would make a Spence win look brilliant - he'd be the guy who…

Comment by SteveM on 01-20-2018

[QUOTE=Strategic1;18422027]Spence is the real deal but he hasn't done anything yet besides stopping Brook You'd need a lot more than Spence on your resume...would need to dominate the division as a minimum[/QUOTE] Peterson, even if he beat Spence, Garcia and…

Comment by boliodogs on 01-20-2018

He is not Hall of Fame material. He never has been and he never will be. I think Spence is a Hall of Fame fighter. Peterson was good enough to be a champion so he can be proud of that.

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 01-20-2018

[QUOTE=GMAN SUPREME;18422212]true. its the same thing with guys like roy jones jr and shane mosley. its mostly the american black fans that like to bash other non black boxers non stop when they get caught for steroids but you won't…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 01-20-2018

[QUOTE=GMAN SUPREME;18421738]he isn't even a two division champ. peterson was always a level below the elite.[/QUOTE] That's an dumb argument, with that statement Broner is top ten with his bs 4 time division. Lamont faced better and that Danny fight…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (19)
Top Headlines Warren Reacts To Hearn's Offer Claim For Joshua vs. Fury Loeffler Aims To Stage Several 'Hollywood Fight Nights' in 2019 Liam Smith Would Welcome a Showdown With Kell Brook Pacquiao: What Happened With Marquez Will Not Happen Again! Cameron Krael Fights on Mayweather Card at MGM Grand Video: Mike Reed on Preparing Adrien Broner For Pacquiao Video: Roy Jones Jr. Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Broner Clash Video: Caleb Plant Discusses IBF Title Win Over Jose Uzcategui Video: Al Bernstein Reacts To Adrien Broner Going Off On Him Manny Pacquiao - Is This the One? Amir Khan: I'll Beat Crawford, Take His Place in P4P Rankings! Muhammad Ali's Hometown Renames Airport in His Honor Broner Tells Pacquiao's Group He Has Cat, Dog For Them To Eat Video: Pacquiao vs. Broner - All Access Daily - Part 1 Broner Calls Showtime's Al Bernstein Biased, 'B*tch-Ass N*gga' Photos: Pacquiao, Broner - Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Jorge Linares, Pable Cesar Cano - Go Face To Face Photos: Chris Algieri, Danny Gonzalez - Go Face To Face Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Artur Akavov - Go Face To Face Broner: Pacquiao, Roach Underestimating A Lot Of What I Can Do Anthony Dirrell Confident of Beating Yildirim For WBC Title Luis Ortiz To Face Christian Hammer, March 2 At Barclays Ellerbe: Mayweather-Pac Talk Premature, Broner Can Win Broner: Me & Pacquiao Did VADA Testing 'After I Made Some Noise' Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez - Undercard Information News: Ceylan, Otha Jones, Kem Ljungquist, Alejandro Jimenez Ray Beltran-Hiroki Okada Announced For Ramirez-Zepeda Card Wilder-Fury Rematch: Purse Bid Set For February 5, 60-40 Split Boxeo Telemundo Returns on February 22 In Kissimmee Daniel Dubois, Nicola Adams Returns Confirmed By Warren Pablo Cesar Cano To Impose Will on Aging Jorge Linares Jarrell Miller Tabs Joshua as 'Turd' - Gives High Praise To Hearn Arum: Haymon Only Promoter Who Won't Work With Others Zerafa Warns Jeff Horn: I'm No Faded Old Man Like Mundine Amanda Serrano: Things Much Better Now For Female Boxers Nathan Gorman Aims For Spectacular KO on February 23 Photos: Manny Pacquiao Continues To Grind in Las Vegas Amir Khan: Hearn is Pissed Off, But I Control My Own Destiny Jarrell Miller Will No Longer Appear on Jan. 18 DAZN Show Kambosos Details Lessons Learned as Pacquiao Sparring Partner
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement