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Spence: Lamont Peterson Was the Welterweight Willing to Step Up!

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – The welterweight Errol Spence Jr. really wants to fight sat several feet away from him Saturday.

Unfortunately for Spence, he’ll have to wait at least until sometime late in 2018 for a showdown with Keith Thurman. That 147-pound championship unification fight has been delayed due to Thurman’s rehabilitation from elbow surgery.

Spence will settle for facing Lamont Peterson in January.

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The unbeaten IBF welterweight champion confirmed during a press conference Saturday that’ll he’ll defend his title against Peterson in his next fight. Spence-Peterson could take place as soon as January 13 either at Barclays Center in Brooklyn or at a venue on the West Coast.

“That’s the guy who stepped up and said he’ll take the fight,” Spence said. “That’s the guy who accepted. He’s a top-five welterweight.”

The 27-year-old Spence is very familiar with Peterson and knows better than to take the former two-division champion lightly.

“He’s a hell of a fighter,” Spence said. “He’s someone I looked up to in the amateurs. He’s someone I sparred in the amateurs and learned a lot from. I had a training camp with him at the Olympic training center. He gave me different advice – how to punch, how to slow down my punches and how to speed ‘em up.

“So he’s a guy that I really look up to. He’s one of my favorite fighters. He’s a guy who’ll fight anybody. I’ve never known him to duck a fight, to say no to a fight. He always fought the best. You look at [Lucas] Matthysse, Tim Bradley, all these tough names. He fought Victor Ortiz.”

Spence will make the first defense of the IBF 147-pound championship he won by knocking out Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) in the 11th round May 27 in Sheffield, England, Brook’s hometown.

Peterson will end a longer layoff than Spence. The Washington, D.C., native hasn’t boxed since he out-pointed Russia’s David Avanesyan to win a 12-round unanimous decision February 18 in Cincinnati.

Peterson, 33, has since given up the WBA world welterweight championship he won from Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs).

“Lamont has true grit,” Spence said. “He’s a real fighter. He’s a guy who gives it all and has a big heart. So I see this being a great fight for me.”

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 Rip Chudd on 12-28-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18364237]And brook had someone come to his house & rip the strap right off him. [B]Brook has beat no one before or even after Porter.[/B] At least LP fought better competition & beat amir clearly, don't know what you was…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 12-27-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18364201]You mad your favorites are going down one by one....LOL:loser:[/QUOTE] What favourites?????������ Pipe down son, let’s see if it takes you another 2 months to think of anything to reply with ���� PBC doe����

Comment by j.razor on 12-27-2017

[QUOTE=Boxfan83;18143163]Yeah I doubt it too because Mattysse has been exposed many times now but my point is, Mattysse had that same killer hype that Spence does so I foresee the same thing happening.[/QUOTE] Mattysse has one punch power, Errol doesn't.…

Comment by j.razor on 12-27-2017

[QUOTE=Rip Chudd;18144211]Peterson has beat who again? Kell's win over Porter is better than anything Peterson has done. Brook actually came to the champs place and took the belt off of him, Peterson had to have Khan come to his hometown…

Comment by j.razor on 12-27-2017

[QUOTE=Rip Chudd;18142650]How is this his biggest test when he is coming off the Brook win?[/QUOTE] LP is the better boxer & has fought better competition than brook has. brook only beat Porter.

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